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APCC-Tonga Agri-Water Project Final Workshop – Development of Smart Groundwater Management System in the Kingdom of Tonga Utilizing Climate Information in Response to Shortage of Water

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28th June, 2018 Groundwater is the most reliable and dependable source of water in any given situation. Unfortunately, this critical resource sits in a vulnerable location underneath community settlements and commercial developments. Groundwater is vulnerable to over exploitation, climate variability and mismanagement based on uninformed or untimely advice or decision makings. Therefore, managing groundwater resources is key for sustainability. This is often difficult for the current number of staff to conduct field surveys and analyse data and prepare recommendations and advice for fast response and informed policy directions.

In June 2015, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources collaborated with APCC (Asia Pacific Economic Commission Climate Centre) collaborated to formulate a Smart Groundwater Management System for the Kingdom of Tonga. By the end of the third year, the collaboration has achieved a system that can monitor the quality and physical property of the groundwater in real time. Having this real time monitoring capability, facilitates early decision makings and policy directions to protect the limited groundwater resources.

What is this smart groundwater management systems? This system is called “ToGWIS” (http://togwis.magpiesoft.co.kr/Home/Home). ToGWIS can perform intelligent tasks, such as but not limited to: (1) read water data remotely or upload data and interprets graphically or three-dimensionally the condition of the groundwater in relation to climatic and weather conditions; (2) calculate volume of groundwater from which decision makers can set sustainable pumping rate per rate per season; (3) seasonal forecasting 6 months ahead to expected condition of the groundwater, based on climatic seasonal forecasting, from which planning of agricultural production can be made; (4) groundwater resource mapping based on IPCC climatic predictions from which long term strategic actions can be formulated to address climate change impacts in the next 15-80 years in the future.

All the above tasks and more can be extracted from ToGWIS for students, research fellows and science based decision making organisations, such as Agriculture, Public Water Supplier, Disaster Relief Management, Urban Planning and Management, Public Health Management, Land Use Planning and Water Resources Management.

APCC Water Resources Expert, Dr. Sunkwon Yoon and Ms. Inja Jeon, Project Manager, APCC, will be sharing the deliverables of the Project and ToGWIS on the 28th June 2018 at the Tanoa International Hotel, 10am. The Ministry of Lands CEO, Ms. Rosamond Bing will be receiving the ToGWIS on behalf of the Government of Tonga. ToGWIS will be maintained by the Natural Resources Division.

(ToGWIS can be viewed on http://togwis.magpiesoft.co.kr/Home/Home)

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