The Mediterranean Hydrological Cycle Observing System (MED-HYCOS) was implemented from 1997 to 2001 with the participation of 18 countries from the Mediterranean rim. Throughout the project 31 Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) were installed in selected basins in the participating countries.
The project also established the Mediterranean Hydrological Information System (MHIS), which was developed by the Project Regional Center (PRC) with the contribution of experts from participating countries. Important features of the MHIS are the regional databank, which is based on 94 stations including the 31 equipped with DCPs. and related tools for data retrieval and display. Various training events on DCP installation and maintenance, data base and development of web interfaces were organized for participants from the NHSs involved in the project.
The first phase of the SADC-HYCOS project was implemented between 1998 and 2001. Eleven countries from the Southern African Development Community participated in the project.
The main outcomes of this first phase were the installation of a network of 43 Data Collection Platforms, the development of an Internet based Information System, the improvement of the data management capabilities of the participating NHSs, and the enhancement of the potential for data exchange and dissemination.
The project implementation of AOC-HYCOS Pilot Phase took place between 2000 and 2002 with the participation of the eleven countries from western central Africa.
The major achievement of the pilot phase has been the consolidation of the Regional Hydrological Observatory of Western and Central Africa by supporting data collection activities and reinforcing the regional data bank. Regional training events enhanced national capabilities in dealing with new technologies produced by the project.
Beyond the material aspects of upgraded observing networks and strengthened data management capacities, the greatest achievement so far has been the reinforcement of regional cooperation in water related activities as well as the enhancement of regional data exchange.