Successful water planning platform and its irrigation source mapping tool rapidly scaled out
Six water-thirsty departments in western Honduras began experimenting with the online water planning platform Agua de Honduras and its irrigation source mapping tool AGRI in 2017. These allow local water actors to plan better with a wealth of data, yet the challenges they tackle – water access, sustainability and the agricultural impacts of climate change – are not local, but universal. For this reason, the platform has been expanded nationally, while the flexible, open-source AGRI is going global.
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) initially worked with the government to pilot the platform with local organizations and municipal staff in the six departments. Here, Agua de Honduras became a go-to source for reliable information on water resources, including hydrometry, vegetation and soil information, water…
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