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Water User Association Chairmen Training Program (2005)

Summary

Based off of the experiences with previous water programs, in 2005, for the first time, HasNa hosted nine chairmen from the WUAs in southeastern Turkey, who head the water associations and are also landowners and community leaders.

The group spent one week in Washington, DC, studying conflict resolution and leadership skills and met with a representative of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to learn the history of water distribution in the United States. They then traveled to Los Baños, California where they spent one week with representatives of the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority and studied irrigation technology.

Not only did the chairmen have the opportunity to acquire knowledge on new sustainable agriculture techniques and broaden their horizons by seeing how the water management in California works, but they also learned conflict resolution techniques that will help them in their professional and personal lives.

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