The Blanket Effect is intended for others to learn about weather modification and its related subjects in an easy to understand way. Started in 2005, this blog is a work in progress as the technology advances

March 10, 2007

Convincing Countries to Join

(Note: below are excerpts from Agenda 21, chapter 18, highlighting the United Nation's goal to win over countries for control of their water management programs and for the subsequent use of observational data and promotion of research projects)

All States, according to their capacity and available resources, and through bilateral or multilateral cooperation, including the United Nations and other relevant organizations as appropriate, could undertake the following activities:

Establish and strengthen the institutional capabilities of countries, including legislative and regulatory arrangements, that are required to ensure the adequate assessment of their water resources and the provision of flood and drought forecasting services;

Upgrade facilities and procedures used to store, process and analyse hydrologic data and make such data and the forecasts derived from them available to potential users;

Establish databases on the availability of all types of hydrologic data at the national level;

Implement "data rescue" operations, for example, establishment of national archives of water resources;

Assimilate remotely sensed data and the use, where appropriate, of geographical information systems;

Establish or strengthen research and development programmes at the national, subregional, regional and international levels in support of water resources assessment activities;

Financing and cost evaluation
The Conference secretariat has estimated the everage total annual cost (1993-2000) of implementing the activities of this programme to be about $355 million, including about $145 million from the international community on grant or concessional terms.

Scientific and technological means
Water resources assessment necessitates the strengthening of existing systems for technology transfer, adaptation and diffusion, and the development of new technology for use under field conditions, as well as the development of endogenous capacity.

Prior to inaugurating the above activities, it is necessary to prepare catalogues of the water resources information held by government services, the private sector, educational institutes, consultants, local water-use organizations and others.

Human resource development
Water resources assessment requires the establishment and maintenance of a body of well-trained and motivated staff sufficient in number to undertake the above activities.

Education and training programmes designed
to ensure an adequate supply of these trained personnel should be established or strengthened at the local, national, subregional or regional level.

addition, the provision of attractive terms of employment and career paths for professional and technical staff should be encouraged.

Because well-trained people are particularly important to water resources assessment and hydrologic forecasting, personnel matters should receive special attention in this area.

The aim should be to attract and
retain personnel to work on water resources assessment who are sufficient in number and adequate in their level of education to ensure the effective implementation of the activities that are planned.

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