2016 – Ongoing, Negotiation of agreements for the rehabilitation and management of shared water supply networks, The Program has documented in northwestern and central Syria 25 water supply networks crossed by demarcation lines and/or ethno-sectarian territorial limits. The rehabilitation and management of these water networks requires the establishment of a negotiation and mediation process involving all stakeholders. A pilot project is conducted in northwestern Syria.
2017, Rehabilitation of the Al Ruj irrigation scheme, Idelib, Syria, Geo Expertise completed a rehabilitation assessment of the Al Ruj irrigation scheme and began implementing the project in collaboration with Zaytoona and Nada association. The project comprises the rehabilitation of irrigation canals, the repair or replacement of pumps and the installation of two electric generators.
The current phase aims at restoring irrigation on 700 hectares for the production of food crops such as wheat, legumes and vegetables in order to raise the level of food security. It is expected that the production of wheat will be increased by 2,000 tons without over drafting groundwater resources. The project provides employment for farmers, experts, engineers and technicians. It contributes to improving livelihoods and reduces immigration. The number of beneficiaries of the project is estimated at 28,000 comprising 55% children.
To ensure continuity of the project, a local management system was developed based on the establishment of a water user association and a funding plan was designed including the private sector, water users and funding agencies. The project funded from the Qatar Red Crescent.
2016, Produce a regional map of Syria, Produce a regional map of Syria based on Eugen Wirth’s geographic maps (Published in his Syrian book, Eine geographische Landeskunde, 1971)
This regional map will take into account the topographical, natural and environmental factors as well as the socio-cultural and economic characteristics of the Syrian space.
2015 – ongoing, Syrian Civil Society Support Program, Humanitarian aid in Syria is by far insufficient and widely considered a tragic failure. Humanitarian aid interventions carried out by international organizations are strongly hindered by a series of obstacles to reach the people in need of assistance. Syrian civil society organizations are some of the most capable bodies to operate in the country. Their work is largely unknown or ignored. Some organizations, mainly confessional charity associations, were created before the conflict; the large majority of these organizations were formed during the conflict. Their members (he or she) are physician, engineer, pharmacist, professor, student, nurse, lawyer, farmer. Click here to continue
2013 – ongoing, Rehabilitation assessment of the irrigation scheme in Syria : Al Ruj, Al Ghab, Aldoysat & Azmarin.
2013 Fair Aid Syria,
The aim of the project is to create a model of a national geographic information system which:
- Contains a standardized, geo-referenced database of the destruction and damages caused by the Syrian conflict, covering step by step all sectors and locations of the country;
- Gives an indication of the local needs while taking into account the number of inhabitants of each respective location;
- Serves as a guide to specialized organizations and investors in order to facilitate their choice of the region and / or the sectors to intervene;
- Allows organizations with limited means to choose a location with limited needs;
- Allows organizations and donors to follow the progress of the reconstruction;
- Allows the local population to determine their priorities. Click here to continue
2012 – ongoing, Water Security in the Middle East : The Orontes River Basin, Le programme vise à analyser les défis et les perspectives de gestion de l’eau et d’établir un réseau scientifique et technique multidisciplinaire sur la gestion de l’eau dans le bassin de l’Oronte y compris les organisations libanaises, syriennes et turques. Il est mené en collaboration avec l’Institut de recherche agricole libanaise (LARI), le Centre d’hydrogéologie de l’Université de Neuchâtel, le Laboratoire de systèmes d’information géographique de l’Institut fédéral de technologie de Lausanne (EPFL), la Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement de l’Université de Lausanne, la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée à Lyon et Geo Expertise. Click here to continue Click here to continue Click here to continue
2011 – 2012, Using GIS to Measure physical accessibility to health care (with World Health Organization), The accessibility analysis is made through the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) and the AccessMod extension. This extension has been developed by WHO to integrate all the necessary information together and conduct accessibility and/or a geographic coverage analysis through the design of theoretical catchment areas around each of the considered health facilities.
The analysis outputs are:
- the percentage of population located within 2 hours of travel time from the nearest basic health care centre,
- the delimitation and size (population) of the theoretical catchments areas around each facility considering that the patients would be going to the nearest one as there would not be any reason for bypassing (quality of care, waiting time,…),
- the cost implications of increasing geographic accessibility:
Data collected by country are:
- the location and patient coverage capacity of all health facilities: mapping/classification of health facilities based on their normative function,
- the geographic distribution of the population
- the land cover: the environment that the patient will have to cross to reach the nearest health centre,
- the road network and transportation modes.