SWIM-SM has successfully carried out a training and study tour on 13-17 May 2013 to:
(a) strengthen political commitment to Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) and Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) and promote best practices for the successful establishment and operationalization of Water Users Associations (WUA)s in the Partner Countries (PCs);
(b) provide the officials from the PCs with the tools needed to ensure effective formulation of PIM/IMT programs and the establishment of viable WUAs with special emphasis on the importance of the enabling environment including political commitment and support, the adoption of adequate policies, laws, regulations legislations and the issues that need to be resolved during the different phases of PIM/IMT reform.
(c) promote exchange of experience between countries of the region with a view to expose the participants to best practices and success stories in the implementation process (including factors of success and failure) using case studies from within or outside the region.
The activity consisted of two parts (a) a 2-days pre-study tour training in Ankara, followed by (b) a 3-days study tour to visit the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) responsible for planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems in Turkey.
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