The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) has announced its second edition of the Data Training Workshop on Protected and Conservative Areas under the Regional Resource Hub (RRH) slated for the 20th – 24th of March 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, EAT, at the RCMRD premises, Kenya.
The Data Training Workshop, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), European Union – Joint Research Centre (EU-JRC), United Nations Environment Programme- World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP – WCMC), and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) will feature participants from 24 various African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The objectives of the training are as follows:
- To demonstrate and discuss the importance of data and information in decisions related to effectiveness and governance in protected and conserved areas;
- To engage on how the countries will participate in the preparation of the State of Protected and Conserved Areas Report 2023 (SOPACA) that will be released this year;
- To demonstrate the information management process of the RRH (data collection and process until elaboration of the information and knowledge products) to allow countries to engage actively with the Regional Reference Information System;
- To demonstrate and discuss the role of RRH in reporting processes, e.g., to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD);
- To understand what the interest and needs of users and potential users in the countries are to allow the RRH team to improve the services and products available;
- Launch the RRH community of practice that has evolved from the TEAMs networks; and
- To learn about existing opportunities under conservation programmes run by institutions like Esri, OpenStreetMap, etc.
- Hands-on Demo Showcase;
- Plenary Presentations; and
- Computer Lab Session.
How to Register
- Applicants can click here to register; and
- For more information, contact: Ngugi Kimani at firstname.lastname@example.org and Erick Wabwile at email@example.com
On 10 March 2023, the RRH hosted delegates from Esri Conservation, led by the Director of Conservation Solutions, David Gadsden. During the strategic visit, the duo discussed feasible areas of partnership for continuous mutual benefits and the readiness for the upcoming data training workshop.
The RRH is one of the regional observatories implemented by the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme and hosted by the RCMRD in Nairobi, covering Eastern and Southern Africa.
BIOPAMA aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries, protected areas, and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States sponsored by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund, jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).
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