WLI National coordinators from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen attended the Annual Project Coordination Meeting for the Water Benchmark Project which was held in Amman, Jordan, 1-2 December. The meeting was useful to identify linkages between the two projects, and agree on regional activities under the following research themes:
- Out scaling improved technologies using GIS tools for agro-ecological mapping and targeting of interventions
- Modeling to plan and monitor water use and allocation, evaluate the impacts of water and land management technologies, and inform policy development
- Socioeconomics: developing policies and institutional frameworks to improve water management.
Working groups were constituted for each theme and were given the mandate to enhance synergy among the different partners and the two projects; sharpen research focus; and standardize research methods and approaches.