Newsletter 27/06/2014

Dear Spate members,

men collega women

We hope you are fine.

Here is a small update of things.

Vanguard Pakistan has published a popular book on spate irrigation in Pakistan: “The Dry Side of the Indus” – prepared by Spate Irrigation Network with important contributions of Intercooperation, SPO and PARC.  The hard copies of the book will be in bookshops soon, but it can also be downloaded here.

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Newsletter 08/05/2014

Dear Spate Friends,

We hope you are doing fine.

We have several things we like to inform you about:

On May 1 and 2 The GIZ- Spate Irrigation Network Regional Conference “Managing Prosopis Juliflora for better (agro-)pastoral Livelihoods in the Horn of Africa” was held in Addis Ababa. Many different organizations were involved such as university of Bonn, university of Hohenheim, Addis Ababa university, Mekelle university,  Research Institute Kenya Forestry, Forestry Institute Addis Ababa and Afar Pastoral and Agro- pastoral Research Institute.  Even more organizations and people showed interest in the results of the conference. Documents regarding this conference cen be viewed or downloaded at

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Spate News April 14, 2014

Prosopis Juliflora

With this news flash we want to draw your attention to important challenges related to Prosopis Juliflora or Mesquite, also called the ‘Green Scourge’ or the “Devil Tree”. Prosopis Juliflorea has been introduced in many parts of the world for sand dune stablization but has gone far beyond it -and has occupied vast areas and invaded many spate areas- in the process interfering with the ephemeral rivers and the canals.

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Spate News January 2014

Dear Spate members,

First of all, we would wish you a very happy 2014 and we hope that it will be a good year for you!

We have a couple of things we would like to inform you about:

At this moment three universities in Pakistan are working on mainstreaming spate irrigation in their regular courses: Arid Zone University Rawalpindi, Gomal Zam University and Agricultural College DG Khan.

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Spate News April 2013

Dear Spate Friends

We hope all of you are doing fine. In the past months we have been undertaking a large number of activities to promote good practices in spate irrigation. In this case the ‘we’ is very much the Spate Irrigation Network with several fantastic partner organizations. Here is an update. Please contact us (by email: with suggestions, requests for information, ideas for initiatives, material to be placed on the website or else.

Abraham, Frank and Linda

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