Community GIS

The Community Geographic Information System (CGIS) was a highlighted component of the Youth Education program for several years.  It revolved around shared water issues, and gave high school students the ability to identify environmental hazards in their local area.

[For publications relevant to this project, click here]

GPS device for GIS mapping

The novelty of this project was the introduction of advanced GIS technology for the purpose of creating environmental hazard maps. These maps dealt with water contamination issues and aimed to advance cross border understanding and cooperation over shared water issues.

The community’s involvement in creating GIS maps was one more step in raising local awareness about the state of the environment in general and water issues in particular.

The project did not restrict itself to the involvement of youth; rather it aimed to involve also the professional staff of the municipalities in order to increase the potential for action to alleviate the hazards posing a risk to water sources.

Click here for an example of a map from the Eshkol community, with several hazards already marked.

Click here for the publication “Community GIS – Youth Taking Action Identifying Environmental Hazards in Jordan, Palestine and Israel

Click here for the Teacher’s Guide in Hebrew / Teacher’s Guide in English, for this project.

Visit our GOOGLE EARTH layer of the environmental hazards that were identified by the Youth Water Trustees in their communities, including a virtual tour of the Neighbors Paths of each community.

Click here for the instructions on how to navigate through the virtual tours.

[You will need to have the Google Earth program on your computer to view this.  If you do not have Google Earth downloaded on your computer, click here for a free download].


This project document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of EcoPeace Middle East and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.