Tech Talk: New technologies for monitoring water resources in Ethiopia

The ICRC is investing in new technology in Ethiopia to help counter the effects of a natural disaster like the droughts that frequently affect the region. Since 2010, the ICRC has been involved in a program to track and monitor water sources in a geographic information system that will combine new technologies and local knowledge. The ICRC supplied the computers and USB wireless modems in 34 districts in Ethiopia and trained local staff to use the devices to check each water point's status. Once every week, someone physically checks the water points to measure water levels and ensure everything is working properly.
 With rapid access to this type of information the ICRC is helping to counter the effects of future droughts in the region. For the full story, visit

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