News from MEDISS: web-meeting of the Board of Experts


The Board of Experts has discussed the state of play of the MEDISS work package 3 Analysis and Monitoring, in particular as regards to socio-economic indicators, data collection on water and soil and use of QGIS.

The technical Board of Experts (BoE), established at the beginning of the project, is composed of a chairperson (Eng. Monther Hind, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group PWEG), 2 experts from CRENoS on socio-economic analysis and 2 experts per area with relevant expertise on water supply, pedology (soil science), and agronomy. 

The MEDISS Data Collection Plan (DCP) is the core resource designed to support information sharing and management. 

As we describe in MEDISS Data Collection Plan: guidelines on how to use QGIS, the DCP allows to design a model of database collection process and to set-up the MEDISS database targeting local beneficiaries and objective groups in each MEDISS area. 

The database is crucial for monitoring and evaluating activities: starting from preliminary sectoral, data collection indicates the main characteristics of the pilot's areas (environment, landscape, settlements, and socioeconomic characteristics).

Procedures and objectives were settled by the Board of Experts concerning:

  • GIS standards and mapping; 
  • software and video tutorials; 
  • selection of water and soil indicators; 
  • indicators for socio-economic analysis describing problems and opportunities related to water issues; 
  • clay samples case studies and baseline data; 
  • the process of tendering and equipment purchase.

Finally, partners discussed procedures for monitoring relevant funding opportunities.

The meeting was coordinated by the president of the Board of Experts, Eng. Monther Hind (Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group PWEG), MEDISS lead partner.

The meeting was held on the 10th of June 2020 and was attended by representatives of all partners.

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