The Water Resources Information System (SIRA) in Moldova is used to collect, analyze, share, model and use water resources data to support the decision making. SIRA, approved by the Government on March 23, 2016, was designed and put in place as part of the irrigation sector reform efforts, which also included a sub-activity focused on improvement of river basin management. The latter aimed to contribute to streamlining the management of water resources and assess the availability of water in the future in order to promote the sustainable development of the farming sector.
SIRA implementation is part of the Irrigation Sector Reform Activity initiated under the Transition to High Value Agriculture Project and implemented during the Compact period. The Irrigation Sector Reform focused on the transfer of the management and operations of the rehabilitated irrigation systems from public authorities to Water Users’ Associations (WUAs), with the ultimate goal of putting in place a modern water use rights system and securing a legal and institutional framework for private and/or donor investments in the irrigation sector.
SIRA’s major role is to facilitate collection and transmission of water data to assigned institutions and stakeholders to support short- and long-term planning of sustainable management of water resources.
SDA Moldova will continue to provide assistance to the government institutions directly involved in the management of water resources and to WUAs encouraging them to integrate in their administrative practice the results of the Irrigation Sector Reform Activity and River Basin Management Sub-activity of the Compact.