Posts From June, 2014

Interview with Radio Free Asia 

Please click this link to access to the interview dialog in Lao language on the groundwater project in Lao PDR

Posted by IWMI Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Interview with Voice of America 

Please click this link to access to the news article on the groundwater project in Lao PDR

Posted by IWMI Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Assessment of the Potential for Groundwater Irrigation in the Resettlement Villages of the Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project 

The preliminary assessment of the potential for groundwater development in Sopphoun and Phonthong villages in Bolikhamxay Province was concluded at the meeting held at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, on 9 August 2013. The meeting was attended by members of the Enhancing the resilience and productivity of rainfed dominated systems in Lao PDR through sustainable groundwater use project.

The meeting was organized to present the findings from the preliminary assessment of the potential for implementation of groundwater irrigation projects at two of the resettlement villages of the Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project (THXP) in Lao PDR.

The project team invited Hydrogeosci Co. Ltd., to lead the hydrogeological component of the study and to assess the possibility of implementing a pilot site at THXP. Hydrogeosci Co., Ltd., reported that there is potential for the development of groundwater for irrigation in Phonthong Village. However, this was not the case in Sopphoun Village, which has significantly lower prospects for the development of groundwater resources to support village-level irrigation from the shallow aquifers.

The project team agreed to proceed with a second phase that would involve a pilot irrigation trial in a 30-hectare area. This would first involve the drilling and testing of three water wells, two of which would be used as irrigation wells.

Jens Johan Laugen, Social and Environmental Manager, THXP, showed a strong commitment toward this collaboration with the project team, and indicated a strong interest in launching a full-scale irrigation scheme if the pilot trial is technically, socially and economically successful.

The one-day program started with a visit to the groundwater irrigation site at Na Yom Village to discuss irrigation system and water delivery, prior to visiting the Inter Water Treatment Company to inspect the various tools and equipment necessary for groundwater development.

The meeting was jointly organized by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Groundwater Research Center, Faculty of Technology, Khon Kaen University; and Hydrogeosci Co., Ltd. Participants at the meeting included representatives from the Department of Irrigation; Department of Water Resources; Natural Resources and Environment Institute; Theun-Hinboun Power Company; and the Water Resources Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos.

Posted by IWMI Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Short Course on Hydrogeology II – Groundwater Modeling and Application 

The second short course on hydrogeology, Groundwater modeling and application, was held at the Groundwater Research Center (Khon Kaen University, Thailand) during the period between 4 and 8 November 2013, for nine participants representing five agencies from Lao PDR: Natural Resources and Environmental Institute (three people); Department of Water Resources (one person); Department of Irrigation (one person); Water Resources Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos (three persons); and Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos (one person).

The main objectives of the short course were to introduce the participants to the theory behind groundwater modeling using MODFLOW Flex; to provide several examples of hands-on exercises with developing the Visual MODFLOW model; and to introduce groundwater management using numerical modeling techniques with case studies.

The main outputs of this short course included the initiation and encouragement of basic knowledge of groundwater modeling and application for the participants; compilation of technical material such as lecture notes and essential articles; preparation of potential teamwork for future groundwater development projects in Lao PDR; and the establishment of new knowledge and new networks.

The short course was conducted by a team from the Groundwater Research Center, Faculty of Technology, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Posted by IWMI Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Two-day Groundwater Team Meeting 

The Enhancing the resilience and productivity of rainfed dominated systems in Lao PDR through sustainable groundwater use project recently completed its two-day team meeting on 3 and 4 April 2014, in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.

The main objectives of the two-day team meeting were to bring all partners together to share their achievements and the challenges encountered during the project since the last meeting was held in early 2013. Some of the major accomplishments highlighted include the completion of the short course on Hydrogeology II – Groundwater Modeling and Application, the socioeconomic survey carried out at Ekxang Village, the fellowship grant secured for a member of a local partner and the support provided to ensure their acceptance on a PhD scholarship to study in Australia.

Other outputs from the project include the following:

* Asseldonk, M.W.J. van. 2013. Towards an understanding of how community participation leads to a greater sense of responsibility of the community in groundwater irrigation projects in Lao PDR: A case study from Ekxang village, Vientiane Province. BSc thesis on Future Planet Studies. The Netherlands: University of Amsterdam.

* Hydrogeosci Co. Ltd. 2013. An appraisal of groundwater irrigation prospects at THXP resettlement villages. Report to IWMI for Theun-Hinboun Power Company Ltd. (unpublished).

* Pavelic, P.; Kone, O.; Ongkeo, O. In prep. Pathways to realizing the potential for effective groundwater governance from the least developed country context of the Lao PDR. Water International (under review).

* Serre, L.-A. 2013. Impact of informal irrigation on the groundwater resources at the village scale on the Vientiane Plain, Lao PDR. Diploma thesis (French). France: ISTOM. [IWMI report is under preparation].

The meeting also allowed each participant to highlight what they were planning to contribute to the project in 2014, with sessions to share constructive feedback apart from building team spirit. It was also an opportunity for those who are new to the project to obtain further information on activities of the project.

Posted by IWMI Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:18:00 AM