MAWRED's activity objective was to support regional policy makers in current and future water and agriculture resource planning. NASA worked closely with ICBA as a regional institution, providing tools and training to ICBA’s staff on the use of NASA’s technologies. In return, ICBA provided similar trainings and hands-on capacity building to a range of regional organizations within the participating countries and institutions, building on the working partnership between USAID, NASA and the World Bank, which was established in 2008.
USAID/OMEP funded a regional effort to develop a RS modelling node for the MENA LDAS system to be based at ICBA in order to further develop the work started under a partnership between USAID, NASA, and the World Bank in 2008. The ICBA/MAWRED activity made use of satellite observations, in situ data, and integrated hydrologic models to generate water data sets to support MENA decision makers in their deliberations. The specific objectives of the project included the following: