We want to give a huge thank you to all the GIS Day Contest participants. There was an astounding number of fantastic project ideas that we believe can make an impact on local communities. This year, it was all about sustainable projects in the clean water and sanitation sector. We have noticed an immense need for those types of projects around the world and decided that the first three awards go to projects in the water sector and one award to any other type of mapping project.
We received a lot of interesting applications, ranging from waterborne disease prevention and water contamination mapping to waste management and water supply systems sustainability. We had thoroughly examined all of the applications and picked the top three with the most significant impact on local communities.
Here are the project ideas that won GIS Cloud licenses and support.
Identifying contaminated water sources with GIS to prevent citizens from waterborne diseases in Mekelle City, Ethiopia
The project from Mekelle University will try to address the issue of waterborne diseases like cholera and diarrhea in the major cities in Ethiopia. According to the Ethiopian ministry of health, many people have died because of waterborne diseases in the last three years. Based on personal observations, the majority of the people who are suffering from waterborne diseases are those who have a low family income that can’t afford access to safe drinking water.
The goal of the project is to identify the contaminated water sources using GIS before the rainy season starts. In order to provide valuable location information to government agencies and NGOs that have the means to treat contaminated water sources.
Assessment of the water supply system in Osogbo municipality, Osun state Nigeria by using GIS
This project will examine the spatial distribution of the existing public water facilities within Osogbo municipality, to gather the information that would help improve the water distribution network. The water distribution network will be surveyed, and the collected data cross-referenced with population data to assess the demand and supply of water in the municipality. Site suitability will be evaluated for the location of a new reservoir to facilitate the optimal distribution of potable water.
Ensuring effective usage of WASH hardwares by the entire distressed population in Kumba, SWR-Cameroon
Since late 2017, long-running tensions in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions have escalated. With the proliferation of armed groups and the deployment of defense forces, the crisis has increasingly shifted into armed conflict. Around 372,000 people in the affected community need water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
Displaced people lack access to safe water, and host households lack the means and knowledge to ensure safe environmental health practices. The displaced population is also facing an increased risk of WASH-related diseases. WASH responses to date have primarily been through the distribution of items to enable safe health and hygiene practices among the affected populations.
The project is designed to improve the already existing water points in Kumba, Cameroon, by making provisions for many outlets and rehabilitating the infrastructure.
Modeling the socioecological knowledge networks of mangrove civilizations to strengthen access to sustainability opportunities
This idea from the University of Pará is directed towards meeting sustainable development goals, mainly with clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) by mapping local ecological knowledge on mangrove resource governance and beach risk mapping to conduct the study on the potential of infrastructure that makes water available.
The results of this idea will be the basis for implementing an Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7) infrastructure in the community. Climate action (SDG 13) in order to learn about the resilience of traditional communities in marine protected areas in the near future to seek access to sustainability opportunities for adaptation and not just mitigation of climate change.
For each of these projects, we’ll write a comprehensive case study in the upcoming months. You’ll learn about the project GIS setup, data collection workflow, and project results. Unfortunately, we can only award the best four project ideas. Still, we would love to help other applicants who wish to realize their projects on their own with our advice and expertise.