NASA/WISP activity’s objective is to improve water resources and agricultural management and planning within and across beneficiary countries based on quantitative and spatial-based decision making tools. NASA/WISP activity was developed out of a partnership with the World Bank, in which the World Bank provides funding for purchasing equipment, contracting technical expertise, travel, and training through its Regional Coordination on Improved Water Resources Management and Capacity Building (RCIWRM) project. The USAID-NASA partnership provides technical expertise to participating country institutions in the area of RS and modeling.
The primary objective of the NASA/WISP activity is to achieve improved water resources management and planning across Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. The activity aims to deliver, implement, and operationalize a set of water management tools, WISP, which are based on NASA products and tools customized for each country's specific requirements and capabilities. NASA will develop and transfer WISP tools and data sets to each implementing agency in the participating MENA countries. It can be broken down in three components: