The Water Development Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus is one of the partners of the KIOS Innovation Hub since its foundation. The KIOS Innovation Hub was created under the framework of the Project “Horizon 2020 Widening Teaming, Phase 2” for the evolution of “KIOS Research Center for Intelligence Systems and Networks” to “KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence”.

 

The Water Development Department is the main responsible governmental organization for water resource management in Cyprus. Its main goal is the sustainable and rational management of the island’s water resources to address water scarcity and droughts which are causing serious deficits in water supply. Currently, the average annual rainfall in Cyprus is 460mm and the average of potentially usable annual water reserves is 370 million m3. The limited water resources in relation with the increased needs of good quality water supply for both drinking water and irrigation, coupled with the continuous climate change and the reduction of rainfall, make the need for efficient water management of crucial importance.

 

smart kia

 

The SMART KIA project is the first collaboration between the two parties and aims to address the optimal management of supplied water for irrigation purposes by investigating the application of innovative technologies in the existing Government Water Project (Irrigation Scheme) namely the Kokkinokhoria Irrigation Area (KIA) which is spread through the Larnaca and Ammochostos Districts. Through the application of specialized smart algorithms, the utilization of the existing infrastructure (interconnection of the existing GIS software, Telemetry, Asset Management, Operation & Maintenance of Networks & Equipment, Water Invoicing System (WIS), etc.) and the monitoring of water consumption, the project’s main objective is to optimize both the operation of the irrigation network and the services provided to the farmers located within the Kokkinokhoria Irrigation Area. Utilizing the aforementioned systems, the accessibility and the usage of information through a two-way information process will be enhanced, thus enhancing the quality of services offered.

 

A key outcome of this collaborative initiative is to support the rural development as well as to improve the economic and environmental performance of the existing infrastructure of the Kokkinochoria Irrigation Area scheme. It is foreseen that this will be the first of many collaborative projects in order to provide the necessary conditions for smart and sustainable development of the agriculture in Cyprus.