Here you will find information about our 2015 scholars. This group is selected by our chapters in 10 countries and regions around the world. We encourage all SCGIS members to find candidates doing work or needing help relevant to what you do, and to reach out and contact them, introduce yourself, see how you can help them. Those wishing to donate can do so at the official SCGIS site. (photos: courtesy of the scholars)
Ms María Eugenia Iezzi, CeIBA/CONICET, Argentina
Mr Tsogtsaikhan Battsengel,The Nature Conservancy, Mongolia
Mr Stuart Roger Fulton, Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C, Mexico
Ms Diana Marisol Paredes Olmedo, Wildlife Conservation Society, Ecuador
Mr Francis Okeke, Wildlife Conservation Society, Nigeria
Ms Sediqa Khatieb South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
Ms Angela Tarimy, Finnish Assn for Nature Cons. Manondroala proj, Madagascar
Mr Zo Andriamahenina Tsino Heritiana, Blue Ventures Conservation, Madagascar
Mr Nado , Wangchuck Centennial National Park, Bhutan
Ms Lyn Ohala Santos Rodríguez, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Mexico
Mr Bhuwan Dhakal,, Nepal / U of Florida
Ms Tatenda Noreen Muchopa, Painted Dog Research Trust, Zimbabwe
Ms Špela Guštin, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. David Squarre, Zambia Wildlife Authority, Zambia
Dr. Tomaž Podobnikar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ms Ernawati Apriani, WWF Indonesia
Ms Elkina Evgeniya, Transparent World, Russian Federation
Mr Peter Limbu, The Nature Conservancy Africa, Tanzania
Mr Dmitrii Sarychev, Crane Working Group of Eurasia (CWGE), Russian Federation
Mr Scott T H Bailey, South African National Biodiversity Institute
Dr Virginia Alonso Roldán, Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT), Argentina
Ms. Tatenda Noreen Muchopa
*-Organization: Painted Dog Research Trust
*-street address: Conservation Ecology Center, Sizinda, Matebeleland North
*-mailing address, if different: 15 Ashby Glen, Glen Lorne, Harare
*-Work phone with country and area code: 00263774665390
*-Main email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
*-Organization Web site URL : painteddogresearch.org
*-ORGANIZATION’S WORK: Painted Dog Research Trust has the mandate to promote sound scientific research and integrity for the conservation of painted dogs in Zimbabwe and also to train young conservationists like myself. An establishing NGO, we are based in Sizinda, adjacent to the Victoria Falls National Park and we are within the KAZA TFCA. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA TFCA, is potentially the world’s largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries; Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centered around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area (I have included a map of the area in the application package). The KAZA TFCA is home to an estimated 24% of the world’s remaining wild dog, Lycaon pictus, population (here painted dogs are referred to as African wild dogs which is an alternate name for the species) (Woodroffe 2012) making it a critical area for the long term survival of the species.The Painted Dog Research Trust is led by Dr. Gregory S. A. Rasmussen who has been exclusively researching the painted dogs since 1989, making his work the longest and most comprehensive study exclusively dedicated to this unique and endangered carnivore. He established Painted Dog Conservation in 1992 and he was the research director until February 2014 when he moved the research operations to Sizinda as Painted Dog Research Trust. Our work includes putting up warning signs at known painted dog crossing places especially busy highways, to warn motorists to slow down to avoid hitting painted dogs as they try to cross, painted dog pack monitoring using GPS collar data , painted dog photograph identification databases and radio tracking, faecal matter collection for DNA and stress hormone analysis in collaboration with foreign partners such as the St Louis Zoo, Missouri, United States and The University of Oxford, England, United Kingdom. The collars have features such as reflective ribbons which make the dogs more visible when crossing busy roads, steel plates that protect the dog from strangulation in the event that it is caught in a wire snare. All the work being carried out by Painted Dog Research Trust ties in with the broader KAZA TFCA objective, Research and Monitoring for conservation of painted dogs as highlighted in the KAZA Wild Dog Strategy (drafted November 2013). Dr Rasmussen was part of the panel of wild dog experts and policy makers from the five KAZA countries invited to draft this strategy but a colleague and I attended on his behalf. His work has seen the Painted Dog population rise from 400-450 in 1987 to around 750 in 2008 and this has not occurred elsewhere in Africa during the same period. The work we are carrying out on wildlife corridor identification is especially useful for transfrontier painted dog conservation and GIS and satellite image analysis are key components in this project.
*-ROLE IN THE ORGANIZATION: I am a Graduate research intern, tasked to do all map work, develop landscape analysis and layers for species modeling using GIS and database management skills. I have been working with Dr Rasmussen as my mentor since January 2013 while he was research director at Painted Dog Conservation and I am working under him at Painted Dog Research Trust with the same post. During this period I have managed all GPS collar downloads and done active fieldwork collecting data while out on camping excursions with the rest of the research team. Dr Rasmussen gave me full time access to a GIS station where I carried out all of my GIS work as the GIS person for the research team. My work includes the stitching QDS maps together to pull out more accurate and detailed layers (roads, rivers, land use) for the whole Hwange-Zambezi region, creation of maps using dog collar GPS data in order to track the dogs more effectively (overlaying GPS fixes with the QDS maps); this was key in retrieving a collar from Cochise, a painted dog which died after being snared in Mozambique having dispersed from Mana Pools (upper Zambezi region, the map is included). The GPS collars are very expensive so it is very important for us to retrieve any lost collars for refurbishment because these collars could save another dog’s life. I also actively took part in the capturing and collaring of a native pack of painted dogs (the Gombe pack) which we are currently tracking using GPS collar downloads. I also liase with external research partners on behalf of the trust (WWF Zimbabwe, Parks and Wildlife Management, University of Zimbabwe Earth Observation Center) with regards to any GIS collaborations. My main focus now is extracting useful layers form spot imagery (2.5m per pixel Spot images 2010: May, June, July) such as vegetation, terrain, elevation, and watersheds to map the location of existing and possible wildlife corridors.
Please describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: I grew up in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare but somehow I developed a great passion for all animals and nature. Soon after high school in January 2009, I joined the local SPCA as a volunteer vet assistant. My work there included nursing invalid domestic animals like dogs, cats and pigs. The vet also allowed me to watch while he performed surgical procedures such as spaying and amputations and I think this is what made me decide that I did not want to be a veterinarian surgeon. I stayed with the SPCA until I started my undergrad at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe in August 2009. On my fresh man holiday, I did an internship with Mukuvisi Woodlands Association in Harare. As an intern I shadowed and helped the estate manager with the day to day running of the wildlife enclosures and game park, monitored the animals’ general well-being and educated the public and school children by giving information on various environmental issues at the education center and organized educational bush camps, horse safari rides and walking safari tours. I was awarded a merit award in my second year in university which was a study abroad program at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, USA. Afterwards I worked as an animal care intern at Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, Michigan were I performed outdoor duties including the daily feeding and care of domestic and exotic animals, cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits. I learnt how to maintain accurate records, communicate effectively using a hand-held radio and also acquired skills on how to relate positively with diverse groups of people including guests, staff and volunteers. After returning to Zimbabwe I completed the final year of university and graduated with an upper second class Honors degree in Natural Resources Management, majoring in wildlife management in June 2012. In October of the same year I started volunteering at the Wildlife Veterinary Unit, Harare, Zimbabwe. Here my duties included working in the laboratories helping with cleaning and storage of laboratory equipment and samples, assisting in the issuing of various wildlife related permits such as movement permits and medical permits, aiding the veterinarian on field excursions and laboratory procedures, carrying out various front office tasks such as document filling, switchboard operation and reception of visitors. It was during this period that I found out about the diploma in Applied GIS and Remote Sensing which I completed in October 2014. In December 2012, I got in contact with Dr Rasmussen then moved to Hwange to work in painted dog research January 2013 whilst working on the GIS diploma part time. Naturally I then fell into the role of the GIS person at the organization, testing my skills and training working any GIS related projects with regards to research work.
Live Map Application created by Ms. Muchopa during the 2015 UC Davis-SCGIS Web GIS Training Program.
The map shows the route taken by Cochise, a painted dog collared in the Zambezi escapement in Mana Pools National Park, as he dispersed from the pack. Unfortunately he migrated to Mozambique to an unprotected area and he was caught in a wire snare. He succumbed to his wounds and dies but we were able to track his collar as it continued to transmit even after he had died. His remains were found with the collar and the wire snare.
Ms. Špela Guštin
*-Organization name: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of arts, Geography department
*-Organization full street address (in your local format): Aškerèeva cesta 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
*-Organization full mailing address, if different:
*-Work phone with country and area code: 00386 41 290 084
*-Main email: email@example.com
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://geo.ff.uni-lj.si/
My main interests are geography, landscape, agriculture, protected areas, GPS, web, programming, modeling, land use, sea floods, and animation. I would like to learn more about spatial analysis with rasters, online GIS technologies, map design, writing extensions with Python and data management. My previous work in GIS includes urban heat island project that won the student project award at Geography department, doing mapping work for Strunjan Landscape Park, helping the local NGO with their dolphin research and, most recently, working on an agent based model of conflicts in rural areas. Analysis of these conflicts was done with the help of GIS and it is the topic of my paper that I will present at the conference.
.Please describe the work that your organization does:
The Geography Department was established in 1919. With its pedagogical and wide-ranging scientific research, it plays an important role in the education and training of young geographers, in the development of new knowledge as well as its transfer into practical fields. The thirty-two members of staff (professors, assistant professors, associate professors, assistants, members of technical staff etc.) are entrusted with the professional development of more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department implemented the two-stage Bologna compliant degrees in the academic year 2008/2009 and students can now choose between either a one-discipline undergraduate degree course in Geography or a two-discipline undergraduate degree course in Geography in combination with another course of study. In the second stage of their studies, the students choosing the first programme can opt for the following courses: Environmental and Physical Geography, Regional Planning and Urban-Rural Studies, Political Geography, Geography of Tourism and Applied Geoinformatics. The students enrolled in the two-discipline course take the pedagogy module in the second stage of their studies. The Department houses the largest geographical library in Slovenia, a department of the Central Humanities Library (Osrednja Humanistièna Knjižnica or OHK). It includes a cartographic collection. The physical geography laboratory and the cartography and geo-informatics laboratory (GIKL) enable students to gain practical knowledge and skills that help them use modern tools and procedures. This provides a significant advantage to our graduates when they are looking for a job (source: http://geo.ff.uni-lj.si/english/department).
personal role in the organization: As a PhD student I work on an agent based model of land use conflicts in rural areas of municipality of Izola, Slovenia. Izola is a small (28,6 km2 and ~16.000 inhabitants) coastal municipality. Part of it is recognized as an exceptional landscape, because of its outstanding features (man-made terraces), almost two thirds are protected as a natural and cultural heritage. In my model, different agents (farmer, tourist, mayor, conservationalist) select cells in a raster landscape that they prefer for their activities. Some parts of the rural landscape are attractive and interesting for multiple agents, which creates conflicts of interests. The model has 4 scenarios that differ on the amount of water availability and technology development. GIS data layers are used as inputs for creating landscape in the model (written in NetLogo environment). A detailed analysis of data needs to be done with GIS before the modelling in NetLogo can begin and afterwards data can be exported from NetLogo back into GIS, to analyze results.
history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: I have an undergraduate degree in geography and I took 1 year of GIS classes while doing undergraduate studies. I used GIS in a school project about urban heat island, where I measured the temperature in my hometown of Piran, interpolated the measurements and made a map of urban heat island. Measurements with a digital thermometer were combined with GPS tracks and have shown that urban heat islands can be found without using the thermometer. It is enough to walk around the town with a handheld GPS receiver and observe where the signal on the GPS is weak or nonexistent. This project won the Department of Geography Award for excellence in student project. In 2010 I collaborated with a spatial planner and was responsible for cartography in the project where we created background documents for spatial plan of Strunjan Landscape Park in Slovenia. The park contains a nature reserve with the longest uninterrupted natural coastline in the Gulf of Trieste. Project was financed by EU IPA cross-border cooperation programme called SHAPE ("Shaping an Holistic Approach to Protect the Adriatic Environment between coast and sea"). The park is in two nearby municipalities and combining spatial data from both of them was challenging, because data often did not match or they used different symbology for the same phenomenon. While doing a PhD I have been using GIS for analysis of spatial data that was later imported into an agent based model of conflicts. GIS layers enabled to recreate the landscape in the model and find patterns in data. These patterns were later used for determining the structure of the agent-based model and for verifying its results.
Abstract/summary of the paper you will present: Rural areas used to be a synonym for agriculture. Nowadays rural areas host a variety of different functions and actors which do not necessarily have the same values and wishes about the use of the same space. Different understanding and activities create conflicts of interests. Most frequently these are conflicts between the use of rural areas and their development, between protecting the traditional rural landscape and agriculture and between the rural way of life and resource extraction. By using content analysis of articles published in a regional newspaper and GIS we analyzed the spatial and temporal characteristics, variability and intensity of conflicts in rural areas of Izola municipality over a 7 year period. The location and intensity of conflicts varies across the studied area. Most conflicts were found in areas with sea view and in areas where new infrastructure is being built or where preparation of a new spatial planning act is being undertaken. The most intensive were the conflicts of illegal buildings on agricultural land.
*-Organization name: Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)
*-Organization full street address: Plot 1271, Kafue Road, Chilanga.
*-Organization full mailing address: P/Bag 1, Kafue Road, Chilanga
*-Work phone with country and area code: +260 211 278 473
*-Work fax with country and area code: +260 211 278 517
*-Main email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*-Organization Web site URL if any: www.zawa.org.zm
*-Organization subject keywords (please see instructions):
Biodiversity, Conservation, Wildlife, Protected Area, Population, Ecology, Epidemiology,
describe the work that your current organization does:
The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is an autonomous government body established by an act of parliament (The Zambia Wildlife Act) to manage and regulate the wildlife estate for the conservation and enhancement of wildlife eco-systems, biodiversity, and of objects of aesthetic, pre-historic, historical, geological, archaeological and scientific interest. This wildlife estate in Zambia covers more than 30% the national landmass.
“Conserve Zambia’s wildlife resources for biodiversity and social-economic enhancement”
“Achieve excellence in wildlife estate management by developing innovative approaches and partnerships that encompass best practice and complete transparence and integrity”
ZAWA is involved in working with local communities and traditional rulers by jointly managing the Game management areas (Buffer Zone) around the national parks by promoting the sustainable use of the wildlife resources through consumptive and non-consumptive tourism.
ZAWA through trans-frontier conservation initiatives also engages other countries to wholesomely conserve wildlife resources in ecosystems that span across international boundaries.
your personal role in the organization: I have been working for the Zambia Wildlife Authority for close to five years now as a Wildlife Veterinarian. My role in the organization is to provide scientific and veterinary support for the biological management of wild fauna. My duties include the capture and immobilization of wild animals for;
I have been involved with research projects that have been studying the distribution of Lions, Cheetah, hyena and wild dogs in the Kafue North ecosystems and Liuwa plain of Zambia.
Being an IUCN- African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) member I am involved in the North Luangwa Black Rhino Conservation Project where I support in the biological management of Black Rhino population.
history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: My personal association of GIS in conservation started when I was engaged as a veterinarian in the Zambia Lion Project (ZLP) and the Zambia Carnivore Programme (ZCP). My role was to immobilize lions for the placement of GPS satellite and telemetry collars. The GPS satellite collars helped us collect a specific number of downloaded GPS points and the telemetry collars helped us track the lions and collect GPS points that were both used to Map the territories and extent of lion distribution in different ecosystem. Apart from the collars, camera traps and scat point collection were used. This study also estimated the number of lion that would likely be exposed to safari hunting by virtue of their territories extending into hunting areas. Apart from lions the same technique was used on cheetah, wild dogs and hyena. Of the interesting experience was the use of GIS in the rhino re-introduction project in North Luangwa National Park, an area where the earlier population was decimated. My job was to immobilize the rhinos and place the telemetry transmitters in the horn. This enabled us map up territories and social clusters of our black rhino population and also determine a directional threshold of the expanding and increasing number in the founder population. Currently we are about to start a project to map out important elephant corridors by collaring a few of the elephants in Sioma Ngwezi National park in collaboration with WWF-Zambia. These works have exposed me to the use of GIS as an important tool in the management and conservation of important wildlife populations.
Live Map Application created during the 2015 UC Davis-SCGIS Web GIS Training.
The map shows the spatial distribution of anthrax mortalities of wildlife population and the hot spot. It also demonstrate the public health threat and risk to the nearby villages and communities.
Dr. Tomaž Podobnikar
*-Organization name: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Department of Environmental Civil Engineering
*-Organization full street address: Jamova cesta 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
*-Work phone with country and area code: + 386 1 476 85 00
*-Work fax with country and area code: + 386 1 425 06 81
*-Main email: email@example.com
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://www3.fgg.uni-lj.si/
*-Describe your current GIS capability/expertise: I have been learning the GIS software and methods by myself starting during my study of geodesy, and later on self-teaching under supervision of different people from various organizations. I haven’t attended any GIS course yet with exception when I got a grant by the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, Santa Barbara, for workshop “Perspectives on Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences”, Washington University, Seattle, USA, in 2000. In 2002 I have initiated and setting up there an internet GIS server platform for Cultural and Natural Heritage Database. That time I also initiated and managed agreement with the company GISDATA to establish common ESRI software for all institutes of ZRC SAZU. For research purposes at the ZRC SAZU I also managed free national spatial data sets of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Environment.
I have been coordinating a number of national/international symposiums in order to build common network of researchers, producers of databases and software, teachers and other users of geoinformatics products and services. Starting in 1997 and during the next 10 years I had been played an important role as an editor of the GIS in Slovenia. This occupation was also important for my better holistic understanding of the GIS domains and strengths. During my study for MSc and PhD degrees I have established a number of scientific collaborations, especially with the Vienna University of Technology in Austria, Eötvös University in Hungary, Finnish Geodetic Institute, and Dresden University of Technology in Germany.
Later on I have been learned by myself more different GIS-related software and program languages through the basic research and applications for the governmental, NGO and private sector organizations. In 2000/2001 I produced a Digital Elevation Model of Slovenia for mobile communication network planning at national mobile operator Mobitel, and I produced a number of derived maps of Slovenia, Europe and Earth for commercial POP TV. In 2004/2005 I have designed an inventive online archaeological mapping methodology for Maya settlements in Yucatan, Mexico. In 2005 produced a high accuracy Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of Slovenia and surroundings, with resolution of 12.5, 25 and 100 m. It based on my own novel methodology of positional and semantic data integration/fusion from multi-source data of different quality. This model is still regarded as the national standard and is publicly available. The DEM 12.5 was integrated into both the European model and into improved Google Earth model. In 2012 I invented a new approach to analytical hill-shading using a Multidirectional Visibility Index (MVI). The technique uses a range of methods which, together, reveal detail in a Digital Elevation Model and other surfaces. This multi-applicable generic method has been implemented in geovisualization and visual analytics applications, quality control procedures, and used as an image processing technique for photography improvement. Nevertheless, this generic algorithm was used in mountain peaks detection and applied in ESRI World Topo Map.
Since 2006 I have been employed at different organizations: Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia; Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto, Slovenia; School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, Slovenia; Mura Regional Development Agency Ltd, Slovenia (NGO); School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia; Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vienna University of Technology, Austria; and C.N.R.S., Laboratoire de Chrono-écologie, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Presently I work at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Department of Environmental Civil Engineering, mostly as a researcher and a supervisor of different students on different levels. Through solving the challenges and lecturing I am involved to a never-ending process of learning about GIS technology in many different ways.
I have also been actively involved in building research teams of considerable size at different institutions. I have collaborated as an institute member of the science counsel and as an independent governmental adviser for the high resolution lidar digital terrain models. Another effective self-learning method is my involvement as a reviewer of the 22 journals and a membership of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Editorial Board.
describe the work that your current organization does: I work at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Department of Environmental Civil Engineering. University of Ljubljana (UL) is a public autonomous educational, scientific research and artistic institution with a very rich tradition. It is the oldest and the biggest university in Slovenia. It was established in 1919 and it encompasses 26 full members (3 art academies and 23 faculties) and 3 associated members (National University Library, University of Ljubljana Central Technical Library, University of Ljubljana Innovation-Development Institute). On the European scale, by number of students, UL ranks among the largest higher education institutions with 45,607 students enrolled in the year 2013/2014, 5893 employees and 9904 graduates with an annual budget of approximately 340 mio $. UL is very active in national research and education programs. In 2013 UL had 286 research groups with over 3000 registered researchers (548 ESR), 175 research programs, 228 basic and 88 applied research projects, 27 post-doc projects, 39 targeted research projects (CRP) and 7 technological platforms. UL is also very active in international R&D programs: in the period 2007-2013 it was involved as partnering or coordinating institution in more than 750 European projects, among them 160 FP7 projects and 2 ERC grants. In 2013 UL cooperates in 421 running international projects, including 108 FP7 projects and more than 310 other research and educational projects financed by EU Community programs.
describe your personal role in the organization: I joined the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (UL FGG) in 2009. I started my work at the Department of Geodetic Engineering, where they already had been using GIS technology, especially at the Chair of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and at the Chair of Geoinformation and Real Estate Cadastres. I started to work at the Chair of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The next challenge was my enter to Department of Environmental Civil Engineering one year ago, where my goal is to apply and to use GIS to develop spatial models for natural hazards and risk management. I work in interdisciplinary team. The problems I study are the man-made structures in mountainous areas, which are prone to hazards related to geological, geomorphic, hydrological or extreme weather phenomena. The estimation of potential damage is important to plan countermeasures. The model integrates the derived data with the models of specific disaster types (e.g. avalanches) to assess the potential damage.
Since 1990 I have been actively involved as a major contributor in more than 70 national and international collaborative research projects, of which I have been worked as a project manager in more than 17 projects. My work comprises a number of basic and applicative research projects, with R&D solutions for different stakeholders, e.g. government and industry, and community of interest. I have been involved in projects in the following countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, France, Mexico, as well as in a project that covers the whole Earth and planet Mars. I have been recently involved in the following funded projects at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana:
2010–2013; OBSERVE (Strengthening and development of Earth Observation activities for the environment in the Balkan area), 7th Framework Programme [ENV.2010.4.1.4-1] (EU) – I contributed in developing of the roadmap and strategy plan for strengthening Earth Observation capacity in the Balkans for environmental monitoring.
2010–2013; PARAmount, Alpine Space Programme (EU) – I introduced a geomorphometrical methods and the usefulness of lidar data for numerical debris-flow modeling in comparison with other DEMs.
2014–2016; Water science and technology, and Geotechnics Programme [P2-0180] (Slovenian Research Agency) – I am developing a reliable GIS-based model for determination of talus surfaces (i.e. cones) and other hazard areas due to different mountain hazards. I have a solid teaching expertise in the geoinformatics/geomatics/GI sciences, especially in GI and: the spatial analysis, DEM/photogrammetry, environment, dialectology, landscape archaeology, and habitats. I have been delivering lectures, tutorials and lab work; and developed courses at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering:
2010, 2011: Photogrammetry II (tutorials for graduate students)
2010—present: Digital terrain modelling for natural hazards assessment (individual lectures; I developed this course; mainly for civil engineers); for doctoral study ‘Built Environment’
2010—present: Management of spatial data quality (individual lectures; I developed this course; mainly for geodesists); for doctoral study ‘Built Environment’
describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: I have been interested in maps, spatial visualizations, analysis, meteorology, etc. since I can remember. After I started with my own PC computer at the beginning of 1990’s, I was (as a student) immediately involved to a number of governmental and other projects to realize my ideas.
As I already mentioned, in 2002 I have initiated and setting up an internet GIS server platform with for Cultural and Natural Heritage Database, which was used for national purposes and later on for Archaeological Cadastre of Slovenia (ARKAS), and for Maya heritage in Yucatan, Mexico. I also designed an Archaeological database of Central Dalmatia, Croatia in 1994.
I have also been involved in a range of studies on: modelling the quality of solar radiation; the human impact on the Earth's surface; georeferencing, quality assessment and simulating positional errors of historical maps; prediction modelling in archaeology based on extended fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico during 2004 and 2005; and developing a methodology for identifying and delineating dialects. One of my primary interests is in researching the science of technical methodologies (GIS, cartography) and their applications in both the social sciences (anthropology, archaeology, history, dialectology) and the natural sciences (biology, geography, space studies), and to this end, I have contributed towards an attempt at integrating the various sciences.
In 2006 I generated and applied large number innovative GIS-layers (e.g. from paleo relief simulations, historical maps reconstruction) that were used as a basis for a film “Nature and the City” which was produced by the City Museum of Ljubljana.
In 2006 I was invited to become a quality researcher at Laboratoire de Chrono-écologie at the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, on the basis of my previous work experiences. There I tested my palaeo-relief modelling approach with different interpolation methods, and also worked on archaeological modelling based on a high quality DEM.
Between 2007 and 2008: I was invited to join the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the Vienna University of Technology, where I was involved in a series of Mars Express projects (funded by ESA) and worked in the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing. I developed a methodology for detecting talus surfaces (cones), and made a major contribution to the team by demonstrating the strengths of enhanced lidar techniques in natural hazard applications.
Ms. Ernawati Apriani
*-Organization name: WWF Indonesia (World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Indonesia)
*-Organization full street address: Graha Simatupang, Tower 2 Unit C, 7th - 11th Floor Jalan Letjen T.B. Simatupang, Jakarta Selatan - 12540
*-Organization full mailing address, if different:
*-Work phone with country and area code: +62 21-7829461
*-Work fax with country and area code: +62 21-7829462
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://www.wwf.or.id/
Describe your current GIS role: I am responsible for the management of Web GIS in my organization. I manage spatial data that has been used in analysis, both for our Forest and Marine teams on our webgis. To do this, I use Arcgis for Server to create and publish services. I also manage a collaborative mapping website called Sigaptaru, which is currently hosted on Google maps API, and uses tilemill MBTiles for the various layers. I hope to continually improve the design and functionality of Sigaptaru, which brings stakeholders together to discuss land use from a spatial perspective.
describe the work that your current organization does: WWF Indonesia is one of the biggest independent conservation organization (NGO) in Indonesia and has started their activities since 1962. In 1998, WWF Indonesia officially became a national institution incorporated Foundation. WWF-Indonesia’s ultimate goal is to stop and eventually reverse environmental degradation and to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and reducing human impact through:
history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: When I was student in my college, I was interested to use satellite data that can show us land use from above. Since that time, I really want to learn about how to manage that data to be something that can be understood by general people. And because my interest, I havechosen the lecturer of that class as my thesis adviser.. I was an assistant as well for the class satellite meteorology and had mutual learningwithothers student related managing raster data and vector data. I have also did internship in LAPAN (the Indonesian government space agency) to learn about the use of satellite data andspatial data for volcano hazards. I had no experience in conservation in the beginning of my career. But, after I joined as intern in my organization, I realized my strong interest in conservation. First, I had help my organization to manage the MODIS data to get the land cover information from year to year to monitor the conservation work. First, I think the GIS is sometimes thought of as a support tool for an organization. But I found this to be different in my organization. GIS not just a support for others, but also has a big contribution toward influencing for government to take decision on land. For example, in Indonesia-my organization work closely with the directorate general of spatial planning (recently the directorate has been moved as ministry and join with the agrarian ministry called ministry of agrarian and spatial planning), who give big impact on land planning decisions. And in the field, my organization alsoclosely work with the local government to give influence in their spatial plan. Given these opportunities to communicate the importance of land use with spatial information, I really would like to deepen my understanding of conservation andlearn how to optimize GIS to meet the needs of conservation in Indonesia.
describe what is the most unique and the most challenging about the conservation/GISwork that you do: Conservation today is unlike that ofearlier times. In earlier times, conservation just speaks about the species, but now the conservation talks about home of the species that weneed to protect. Indonesia is one of country that has big population of flagship species such Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant, Javan Rhino, and Orangutan. But now, these species are endangered. In Sumatera there has been so much land use change to oil palm. We realize to protect the species, first we need to protect their home which is forest. And finally through President Decree No. 13/2012, the landscape approach that called corridor ecosystem to connect the fragment habitat has been approved. There are five corridors ecosystem in Sumatera. And now, I am working on a project to realize one of the corridor ecosystem that mentioned in the President Decree, called RIMBA corridor. Through RIMBA corridor, we hope we could connect fragmented habitat, so it could positively impact species habitat and movement potential to other resource patches through corridor passage. But to do this will need significant time and energy. We need to look for the critical fragment habitat to connect, and show what speciesthat will live there despite threats to the area. The threat can be from company in local operation, or the fire from year to year in the area, or it canbe also community that opens the conservation area for to smallholder plantations. Above that, we need to work with government to protect thisfragmented habitat, not just national government but also local government. Its not easy to gain trust from government, especially local government without increasing the economic potential of thelocal economy in the area of interest. Because of that, we are deploying a a green economic concept to run the implementation of RIMBA corridor. Creating green jobs, applying payment water services mechanism and applying the best management practices will be the way for running the green economy concept,beside the real action such restoration in the interest area.
Live Map Application created during the 2015 UC Davis-SCGIS Web GIS Training.
Ms Ernawati Apriani, WWF Indonesia
Ms Elkina Evgeniya
*-Organization name: Non-commercial Partnership "Transparent World"
*-Organization full street address: Russian Federation, Moscow region, town Rumyantsevo, business-park “Rumyantsevo”, entrance 8, room 531
*-Organization full mailing address, if different: Russian Federation, Moscow, Rossolimo street, 5/22, 119021
*-Country: Russian Federation
*-Work phone with country and area code: +007 (495) 739-73-85
*-Work fax with country and area code: +007 (495) 739-73-85
*-Main email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://www.transparentworld.ru/
the work that your current organization does:
“Transparent world” is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) that was established in 2000. Its mission is to democratize access to satellite information and to promote its integration into non-military decision-making.
In ten years TW made a number of successful projects, including:
-Identification and Mapping of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)
The TW team is a world leader in the HCVF area. The project of a global scale was mapping of intact forest landscapes (IFL). This type of HCVF is critically important for biodiversity protection at a landscape level and mitigating global climate change. Global maps of IFL created using unified criteria provide an overlook over state of such forests globally (www.intactforests.org).
-Web services as a tool to analyze and monitor threats to valuable nature areas
The web services include spatial data visualized on the background of satellite images or topographic maps, linked with text description of the problem. They include data on ecosystems and threats to them. Some of them are:
HCVF of Primorsky Kray (http://gis.transparentworld.ru/en/primorie/),
Intact Forests of Karelia (http://gis.transparentworld.ru/en/kareliaks/, http://gis.transparentworld.ru/en/karelia/)
Radar monitoring of Oil and Gas Deposites at the Kaspian and Sakhalin Shielf (http://maps.transparentworld.ru/en/shelf.html)
Russian protected areas (http://gis.transparentworld.ru/en/russia/, http://gis.transparentworld.ru/en/russiaks/)
Monitoring of water pollution in mining of placer gold (nedra.kosmosnimki.ru) - As part of the project already has an inventory of existing, planned and retained placer gold deposits (requires continued work in this direction is to create a complete database), and translated them into map view. I also took part in this project (read more at “Role in organization” part).
-Forestry Operations and Performance Monitoring Using Remote Sensing (2007-2009)
The aim of the project has been the development of a remote sensing technique for illegal logging monitoring based on high resolution satellite images.
- Producing a map of Federal protecting areas in Russia
your personal role in the organization: I work for TW since November 2014, and most of my working time now is devoted to mapping.
The project is about to make a map of all biggest plantations in the Earth and evaluate of climate change. This is a work in collaboration with World Resource Institute (www.wri.org). As a result we should present a vector map with all worlds’s biggest plantations and attributive information about plantation’s species and areas. We should do verification and make a statistical report of what we’ve done. My task is to make a DB of species. It will allow people who are faced with the task of identification vegetation in the Landsat images identify species with a certain probability. This database will be like a tutorial and will be based on materials that we have gathered during our work: spectral reflectance of different plants, plantation geometry and other direct and indirect indicators. Since the Plantation project will be continued in other countries, such a base is a necessary. Moreover, my plan - use the results of our work in the fields (verification plantations) for research purposes. Points, collected from the field I’ll put in GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility (www.gbif.org) portal.GBIF is a platform for sharing biodiversity data for re-use, it is providing evidence for research and decisions, collaborating as a global community.
It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. Transparent World will be the first organization in GBIF from Russia. Russia is not a member of this international project, but we, as a country, have a lot of valuable information, and someone should be case for all Russian scientific society. Transparent World has an extensive plans for the nearest future: there are works on Plantation project, projects devoted to illegal logging monitoring with environmental investigation agency, and works on Monitoring of water pollution in mining of placer gold project.
This project is made not only for Russia, but for Mongolia also. My colleague, Alexandra Loshkareva, has created a web-service, a map, where people can point a polluted rivers because of gold mining. I’ve just started to work on this project, detecting wasted rivers in Amur region. My aim is to find the connection between suspensions in the water (river) and river spectral characteristics on Landsat image. It will allow to determine from the images as far pollution standards are exceeded in the water. Which will effectively pay attention to government and the public on environmental crimes. Also, the purpose of this project is dissemination of information about the possibility of free use of images to find pollutions in the water in different regions and countries. There is a plan to make a workshop for the local nature protecting organizations in the Altai region to tell them how to detect the pollutions and mark them on the map. I am preparing for is the workshop, and I hope that we will make it in other regions of the country also. Another project, where I want to participate, is creating a web service on the territory of Russia, which displays information about completed projects of NP “Transparent World”. Non-profit organizations, like Transparent World, hold on people who can engage in various projects and know various work tools. It has no opportunities to take a lot of highly specialized professionals, so each employee must be very "high-quality" and miscellaneous. My goal is to become such a team member.
Your history in conservation:
Nature conservation became my primary interest at school, since the time, when we collected the waste paper. I’ve graduated the university of informatics and statistics and didn’t know much I didn’t know about forestry, gis.
And at I started to work in Greenpeace (2011) – place, where I learned a lot of ecology and how it is important to educate people about it- and in 2013 I helped GIS-unit with organization the SCGIS conference in Russia. I’ve met the Alexandra Loshkareva from Transparent World and found out, that they work at unique nature protecting projects. After the conference I started to read “GIs-lab forum”.
When I started learn GIS, I just knew, that it is a special informatics system. I’m an “informatic specialist” in a technical sense, and up to 2013 have never worked with GIS. GIS-systems seemed to me like a pie: with layer of database, layer of visual effects, layer of analysis, layer of images. I had no idea, how it works together, and I started to ask everyone from Greenpeace Russia GIS department (I worked at another dep.) show me an examples of their work and how I can learn it.
I work for TW since November 2014, I’m mapper at Plantations project. I would like to be able to be useful in any of TW projects, to be able to create maps and systems for monitoring protected areas in order to prevent the destruction of valuable areas.
I care about not only the global problems, at the federal level, but also at the level of my district. I’m active member of two initiative groups in our district – “Save the Rostokino garden” and “Save the ponds of Losiniy Ostrov”.We monitor information, make infographics about the problem, makes meetings and take part in public hearings.
*-Organization name: The Nature Conservancy Africa program
*-Organization full street address (in your local format): Bangwe Road
*-Organization full mailing address, if different: The Nature Conservancy Kigoma, Bangwe Road, PO Box 894, Kigoma, Tanzania
*-Work phone with country and area code: +255 787 988 810, +255 752 893 869
*-Work fax with country and area code: N/A
*-Main email: email@example.com
*-Organization Web site URL if any: www.nature.org/africa
describe the work that your current organization does: In Western Tanzania The Nature Conservancy works in collaboration named Tuungane, a Kiswahili word meaning ‘let’s unite”. The Nature Conservancy has joined efforts with Frankfurt Zoological Society, Pathfinder International and Tanzania national Parks Authority to work with local people in enhancing the long-standing relationship between People and natural resources. The collaboration provides a holistic population, health and environment (PHE) approach to provide sustainability in natural resources utilization for some of the most marginalized communities in East Africa.
In Northern Tanzania, The Nature Conservancy works through a collaborative effort with local organizations by facilitating sustainable rangeland management and natural resource conservation across the Northern Tanzania Rangelands. These areas are faced by increased pressure from population growth, competing land use interests and resource limitations, threaten the ecological integrity of the rangelands, and in turn, the benefits they provide to local communities and the national economy. We seek to achieve this by enhancing the integration of pastoralist and hunter-gatherer livelihood systems with the maintenance of key biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project aims to strengthen co-ordination, communication, information sharing and field-level collaboration amongst development, conservation, tourism and health care organisations in order to achieve whole system conservation.
In Zambia The Nature Conservancy is working with the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and
other agencies, the Conservancy works to enhance resource protection, wildfire management, park infrastructure and share lessons learned from other work in southern and eastern Africa to improve community based natural resource management programs in the Mulobezi Game Management Area.
In Kenya, The Nature Conservancy is tackling some of Kenya’s most complex environmental and social challenges in its northern rangelands, the Tana River basin and along its northern coast. The Nature Conservancy works partners to improve conservation enabling policies and legal frameworks to help communities secure rights and effectively manage natural resources at local and national levels, to expand and perfect conservation practices to build resilient communities with strong local governance structures, diverse livelihoods and effective natural resources management programs, supports community-led efforts to protect endangered and threatened wildlife, such as elephants, black rhino and Hirola (Earth’s most endangered antelope), to secure their survival and established a Nairobi Water Fund to protect freshwater resources for nearly four million people in the city and generate economic, ecological and social benefits for the Tana River Basin’s up and downstream users.
describe your personal role in the organization:
I work as a Fisheries Technical Lead and responsible to facilitate co-management of Fisheries Natural Resources which involves the following overarching objectives in the coastal villages and waters surrounding L. Tanganyika and the GME:
Establish Sustainable Fishing Practices and Aquatic Conservation through Beach Management Units (BMUs) and
Improve Income of BMU Members through both Sustainable Fishing and Alternative Livelihood with specific tasks to:
Advise and train BMU members and the general community about sustainable fishing practice including identification and elimination of illegal fishing gears, identification and protection of fishing breeding and nursery sites (figure 1, map example with help from Dan Kelly [TNC Africa GIS]);
describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: I was born and raised a fisherman in Lake Victoria zone. My first aquatic animal to befriend was a crab as they were being brought at home while entangled in the gill nets. Crabs could collect and destroy/cut the whole gill net if it was large. I was curious to learn on how to repair broken net meshes and by the age of 5 I could independently help my father to mend broken gill nets.
At the age of 10, my father and other fishermen drowned and he gave away all of our gill nets to other fishermen marking the end of his fishing work. One year later I locally developed a 10-meter gill net that myself with my friends used to capture fish in the near shore (cichlids). Although there was no serious enforcement about undersize gill nets and use of Beach seine nets, but already I could tell hotspots for fish hiding grounds which today are called fish breeding and nursery grounds (fishery critical habitats).
At the age of 12 I abandoned making small-mesh size gill nets due to pressure from my father who claimed that the fish caught by small mesh had no taste/flavour since they were still growing. There I shifted to larger mesh size gill nets which shifted us from the breeding shallow waters to slightly deep water. My intimacy with fish and their environment grew further and I could guess where the fish are hiding and catch them with bare hands! When I joined the University, fisheries was a small portion of my studies, but I made it huge and did a full dissertation on it and proceeded with it to my postgraduate studies. In 2010 while working with Tanzania coastal fisheries communities, there was a huge challenge on how BMUs could protect breeding sites without having clear boundaries and demarcations. I worked on the ground to collect raw data using GPS while my colleague at the WWF Headquarters worked on the data using GIS to produce CFMAs maps that today resolved all community conflicts pertaining to village water boundaries. Currently, I am involved in collection of raw data using GPS at the field (figure 2, example of GPS data collection and map work) and am getting guidance from the TNC GIS expert who is supportive to learn GIS so as to help work out field data timely and more efficient.
Live Map Application created during the 2015 UC Davis-SCGIS Web GIS Training.
This describes fisheries no take zone designated and protected by fisheries communities under the facilitation of Tuungane - The Nature Conservancy Project in Lake Tanganyika.
*-Organization name: Crane Working Group of Eurasia (CWGE)
*-Organization full street address: Moscow, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya St., 1
*-Organization full mailing address, if different: Same
*-Country: Russian Federation
*-Work phone with country and area code: +7(495) 679-10-57
*-Work fax with country and area code: No
*-Main email: firstname.lastname@example.org
describe the work that your current organization does: Crane Working Group of Eurasia (CWGE) is non-profit society organization. It was created in 1980 in the Ornithological Committee of the USSR as the Crane Working Group (CWG) of the USSR for the promotion of crane protection and research. It was the first species working group in the USSR. From 1980 to 1990, the CWG had been working very actively and productively. Its activity included organization of six crane workshops and publication of six crane workshop proceedings, regular printing of newsletters, interviews of CWG members for TV, radio and newspapers. All these activities stimulated researches and crane conservation efforts, as well as supported crane professional ornithologists and crane lovers. From 1990 to 2000, because of the collapse USSR and some other reasons, the Crane Working Group of the USSR ceased to be active. On October 28, 2000 in Moscow the Crane Working Group of Eurasia activity was announced and its goal and aim were determined. Now CWGE joins together 230 members from nine former USSR countries. CWGE members are mostly professional ornithologist (staff of scientific institutes, nature reserves), but also university mentors, teachers, student, nature conservationists, crane lovers.
The main aim of the Crane Working Group of Eurasia is strengthen the conservation of seven crane species in North Eurasia though research, habitat protection, education, public awareness and information exchange.
Besides of professional work of CWGE members on crane research, protection, captive breeding and reintroduction, most of them participated in different international, regional, national and local projects such as, for example, UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetlands Project, Project on Hunter Education in Central Asia supported by Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, “Flight of Hope” project on restoration of endangered Western/Central population of the Siberian Crane, “Three White Cranes, Two Flyways, One World” education project implemented in China, Russia and USA and supported by International Crane Foundation (ICF), project on restoration of the Red-crowned Crane population using captive breeding birds in the Russian Far East and etc. CWGE members were involved in preparation of global review publications such as Cranes and Climate Change (2014), Cranes and Agriculture (under preparation) and IUCCN Crane Conservation Plan (under preparation) where assessments of modern status and GIS maps were prepared for six of 15 world crane species. CWGE members participate in joined field works on investigation of status of rare species, ground and aerial surveys for collection information about crane habitats for GIS analyses (for Red-crowned, Hooded and Eurasian Cranes), crane color banding and marking with satellite transmitters.
Since 2002 CWGE initiated wide-scale ecological education action “Crane Celebration”, which now holds in more than 100 sites in nine countries with participation of few thousand people including students of different age, teachers, mentors, professional ornithologists, staff of nature reserves, scientific institutes, universities, zoos as well as general public and local administrations. CWGE supports Crane Celebration with various information and education materials and crane souvenirs thanks to finance support from Secretariat of Convention of Migratory Species, International Crane Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Luftganza Airlines and sponsors.
describe your personal role in the organization: I am a member of Crane Working Group of Eurasia (CWGE) since 2011. My work in the organization can be divided into three main directions: general GIS work of CWGE, my regional conservation project and GIS teaching. I became a GIS volunteer of CWGE in early 2014. The fact is the majority of CWGE members are regional experts, some of them apply GIS but mainly in their own local projects. However, there is no GIS specialist in the CWGE headquarter for integration of spatial data and executing of general projects. In order to fix this situation, I have started to do some GIS work of CWGE on a voluntary basis. So I am working on overall GIS tasks of CWGE such as collection and integration of spatial data from regional experts/members, fine-scale mapping and participating in international GIS projects for conservation.
I have been doing all GIS part of work behalf of CWGE in a huge project of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Crane Conservation Plan. This project brings together hundreds of local specialists from nine former USSR countries. They sent a lot of heterogeneous descriptive or spatial data on the distributions of the certain species in their regions to the headquarter of CWGE. I georeferenced the data and generalized them to produce overall maps of the crane species ranges and flyways. The draft maps were sent to all participants to get their feedback and make respective fixes. So together we have updated the range maps of critically endangered Siberian Crane, endangered Red-crowned Crane, vulnerable White-naped Crane, rare Hooded Crane and locally threatened Demoiselle and Eurasian Cranes. These are six out of 15 crane species of the world. All the produced maps in three file formats (as JPG pictures, KML and shapefiles) are available to view and download here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxj30Nqi0eOfdndQMG5Ldk9zQkE&usp=sharing.
As a GIS volunteer of CWGE I've taken part in a GIS project of International Crane Foundation (ICF). Dorn Moore, Spatial Analyst of ICF and I have developed a special GIS tool for positioning of a remote object by triangulation "Triangulate the XY of Remote Location" (the tool web page: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=ced07bf9669e44c38b2529175f14674f). The project is addressed to meet some conservationists’ tasks which deal with identification locations of wildlife objects remotely, without touching. The original aim of the tool is birds with radiotransmitters, but it has been redesigned for applying to any interesting objects of field observations. So the tool is mainly intended for positioning of mobile animals with loud voices, some visual behavior or special transmitters. The input triangulation data should include azimuths to an observed object from three points of observation and the coordinates of the observation points. The tool calculates the coordinates of the aim, estimates an error of the measurements and displays results as points of observation, bearing lines, the point of aim and the buffer of location accuracy.
GIS teaching: This is a very important part of my work as a GIS volunteer. I like to help my colleagues and regional specialists who are mainly ornithologists to figure GIS things out. Apart from some Russian CWGE members and local conservationists I have been helping Ferdi Akarsu, a Turkish ornithologist, to design a GIS model of habitat suitability indexes for threatened Demoiselle Crane species. And I have been teaching GIS Jigme Tshering, a Bhutanese ornithologist, by Skype. Jigme has unique Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT) data on migrations of endangered Black-necked Cranes. And I've been teaching him how to use GIS for visualizing and analysis of his data (e.g. a simple map of a Black-Necked Crane migration route by PTT data: https://qgiscloud.com/DmitriiS/black_necked_crane_ptt_62754).
describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: My homeland, Lipetsk Region, is a part of Black Earth Region, the old agricultural center of Russia. This region has already been exposing by high anthropogenic impacts for a few centuries. So there are only some small islands of intact nature encircled by croplands and settlements. The great scientific value of one of such islands, due to the plethora of relict and endemic species, was discovered back in the late 19th century during the botanic expeditions. Realizing how unique and fragile the discovered ecosystem was, there was organized a special preservation area. So, founded in 1925 the nature reserve "Galichya Gora" became one of the first protected areas of Russia.
My parents are biologists, they have been working in the nature reserve "Galichya Gora" since the mid-70s. This is the place I grew up and lived before my university study. So I have been dealing with nature conservation issues since childhood. I've been participating in annual regional youth ecological expeditions since 2003 and have been helping to organize them since 2008. The expeditions help me not only collect field data for my regional conservation project, but also they allow sharing some research experience and skills with children. I believe such environmental education is more effective than just teaching at schools. The expeditions teach to love the homeland through direct showing the beauty and conservation needs of its nature. They provide good knowledge of geography and history of the region and some skills of research and mapping.
The expeditionary experience reinforced my decision to devote my life to nature conservation. So after the school I went to the Faculty of Geography and Ecology of Voronezh State University. My main interest in the period of education was geographical information systems. As a spatial analyst I participated in two grant based projects. The first is the research of natural systems dynamics of the reserve "Galichya Gora" after the pyrogenic impact and the second is the exploration of ecological security of urban areas of Central Black Earth Region of Russia. I co-organize the conference "GIS-mapping in regions of Russia" on the basis of my university department in 2009 and since then the conference has taken place annually. I graduated from the university with a Master's degree in Environmental Monitoring. I came back due to my regional conservation project. So, I had applied for PhD program in landscape ecology and started it at Voronezh State University in 2014.
The university has no special GIS educational programs, but it has a few courses. As a research assistant I conduct some GIS courses for starters and I have conducted two open GIS workshops. I always insisted on expansion of GIS training programs at the university. And some of my offers have already been approved by the university administration. So I am going to open a new course on application of GIS and Remote Sensing in ecological research at my department in 2016.Funding is a cornerstone of many conservation efforts. So I like to be a volunteer. I was a recycling volunteer at my university. I am a GIS volunteer in the nature reserve "Galichya Gora" since 2009. I was working as a mapmaker on the volunteer base in Voronezhsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve for a short time in 2011. And I am going there as a GIS volunteer this year. I have already collected the set of multispectral satellite scenes of Landsat, SPOT and ICONOS of the nature reserve territory and currently I have been discussing the needs of spatial analysis for research projects of the local specialists. But the most exciting of my volunteer experience is the work in CWGE. I have been participating in some important international GIS/conservation projects behalf of CWGE since 2014 (please see subsection above for details).
*-Organization name: Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi
*-Organization full street address: 30 Ladbrooke Drive, Newlands, Wellington
*-Organization full mailing address, if different: PO Box 26-049, Wellington 6442
*-Country: New Zealand
*-Work phone with country and area code: +64 21 1694760
*-Work fax with country and area code: +64 4 4771414
*-Main email: email@example.com
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://www.nhewop.org.nz/
describe the work that your current organization does: We are “Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi” (NHEWOP) – meaning “People of theFour Winds”. We are a non-profit Incorporated Society, operating from a Marae (sacred place) building, with a purpose to serve our community. Many Maori of different tribes have travelled to Wellington for work and many have lost touch with the traditions of their tribes. NHEWOP is an Urban Marae which welcomes any ethnicity, to learn the practices of our ancestors including Weaving (Raranga), Medicine (Rongoa), Food (Maara Kai) and Performing Arts (Kapa Haka) etc. NHEWOP also provide Civil Defence capabilities. For instance, during the recent Christchurch earthquakes, we fed and housed over 40 displaced people from the city of Christchurch. We are engaged in a unique 20 year Planting Project to provide plants to help maintain and teach the knowledge of our ancestors. This knowledge includes medicine, weaving and food. The overall objective of this project is to restore our local native bush (ngahere) to its original glory and to a standard where we can identify, maintain and harvest the native plants. By doing so, we are also preparing the bush for the intended return of our native birds (Manu). Secondary to this, our project is also focused on the restoration of the ancient knowledge (Matauranga) of our Native people of New Zealand. This is done through the reintroduction of Maori Weaving (Raranga), Maori Medicine (Rongoa) and Maori Cuisine & Food Gardens (Maara Kai). Each of these three traditional ways are taught via workshops (Wananga), for our local community. This project has also sparked great interest from both Dept. of Conservation (DoC) and Regional Authorities, whereby we are about to embark on government funded research, to gain a better understanding of ‘cultural harvesting’ (what is harvested and what affect that harvesting has, on the general wellbeing of the area). This formal study will be conducted by two scientists, from Dept. of Conservation and they will use the GIS data we are gathering..
describe your personal role in the organization: In 2013, I became involved with Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi (NHEWOP), through my extended family. I learned of the 20 year Project and one of their requirements was to install an Audio Visual System, suitable for teaching purposes. As my background was in Consumer Electronics, I had knowledge in this area and hence, offered to volunteer my services to this organization. As a result, I was invited to join the NHEWOP committee. I was able to save NHEWOP a substantial amount of money by sourcing the appropriate AV equipment at wholesale, and also install the majority of the equipment myself. They now have what some consider, a state of the art Audio Visual system. Apart from being an active committee member, I also accepted the part time position of I.T. Assistant. When GIS was finally introduced into our organisation, it was a logical step to join the GIS team and NZ SCGIS.
describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: When I was a small boy, my grandfather was involved in land negotiations at Parliamentary level. I had the privilege of accompanying him to various locations and witnessed him delivering his speeches to a variety of audiences. At this young age, I discovered the spiritual significance the land has to our native people. The indigenous Maori understand what nature has to offer – not only as a food source, but as a means for holistic healing. For these reasons, the protection of the land is of paramount importance. With my joining NHEWOP in 2013, I am now deeply involved in conserving Maori’s heritage and knowledge.
Organization name: Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
*-Organization full street address: Bvd. 2915, U 9120 ACF - Puerto Madryn, Chubut, ARGENTINA
*-Organization full mailing address, if different:
*-Work phone with country and area code: 54-280-488-3184
*-Work fax with country and area code:54-280-488-3543
*-Main email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*-Organization Web site URL if any: http://www.cenpat-conicet.gob.ar/
describe the work that your current organization does: The Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT) is a multidisciplinary research institution, belonging to the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET). CENPAT is a reference institution within Patagonia in many issues related with wildlife and environment conservation, housing researchers highly specialized working in a multidisciplinary way, providing basic and applied knowledge regarding sustainable use of natural resources, advising application authorities regarding conservation policies and carrying out information and education programs addressed to the local community.
CENPAT has as vision to be an interdisciplinary scientific-technologial node, committed to the society, who promote the critical and free thought, promote the social return and knowledge transfer towards the cultural and economic development of the region, integrate studies with environmental and social problems, in a framework of respect for and commitment with human rights, cultural diversity, natural environment and values of the institution.
The mission is:
-To promote the generation of scientific technological knowledge according to environmental, socioeconomic and cultural problems, by means of interdisciplinary work, free and critical thought.
-To encourage the valuing and respect of history, cultural diversity and biodiversity.
-To foster knowledge generation, human resources creation, socialization and transference of knowledge to the community and cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organisms who work to achieve the common good.
In the regional and international scenario CENPAT is part of several networks as EcoFluvial network (The Network for the Conservation of River Ecosystems of Patagonia, http://www.cenpat-conicet.gob.ar/fluvial/inicio?language=en), Maricultura network (Network for the strengthening of coastal mariculture in Paragonia, http://www.cenpat-conicet.gob.ar/mariculturaenred/), and is database center as Regional OBIS Node (Ocean Biogeographic Information System, www.iobis.org) and by housing several biological collections. In addition, several research groups are related with international ONGs as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Wildlife Conservation Society, receiving funds and developing research programs in collaboration with these organizations oriented to conservation. I would also highlight that CENPATis an internationally outstanding institution given that house four PEW fellows.
describe your personal role in the organization: I am a posdoc scholar of CONICET since April 2014 but I am working at CENPAT since 2007 when start my PhD. My duties include research and outreach. During my PhD my activities were focused to the mara conservation project researching about spatial ecology and habitat preferences of maras. The results of my research are not still published but were required by the community so I became the reference person within the institute in all the issues related with mara ecology and conservation. In this context I have represented CENPAT as an expert in TNC workshop of strategic planning for conservation, in the framework of the project “Conservation of Patagonian Grasslands”, and the Península Valdés Protected Area management plan process because in both occasions the mara was considered a conservation object.
As other outreach activity in the framework of the mara conservation project I have trained rangers and technical agents of the General Direction of Conservation and Protected Areas of the Chubut province in the search, geopositioning and observation of mara warrens in order to set the basis for a provincial monitoring program of mara populations.
I have also developed education activities related with mara project that were addressed to:
- the whole community of Puerto Madryn through our participation in CENPAT Abierto (an open-house day at the Centro Nacional Patagónico for the general public to learn about the scientific activities carried out at the institute)
- to tourist guides and school teachers, two important groups for the dissemination of the knowledge available on mara biology and conservation, by means of the realization of tow workshops
-undergraduate students that participate in fieldwork and data processing, learning about mara ecology, research techniques, GIS and basic spatial data processing and analysis.
Academically speaking, the main accomplishment within the mara conservation project was to develop a monitoring protocol for mara population in order to fill the gap of information about mara population abundance and status (there are no quantitative data!). As products of this activity an undergraduate student of the Universidad de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco made her thesis, which was communicated to provincial authorities as management recommendations, and a paper is about to be published in an international journal.
Related with the “human” side of my work with maras, I would like to refer and amazing experience I lived during fieldwork when a local ranch keeper became very interested in my work with maras, participated in warren searches and learn to use GPS equipment. Because that he learn about GPS and about my GIS work hi ask me for help and together we mapped the roads, fences and windmills of the ranch and planed a new paddock, calculating the fences extensions. I think this is great because in addition to help local people with their necessities I was able to establish a nexus to get local people involved with the sustainable use of natural resources, which I consider fundamental for the success of conservation programs.
Besides my personal projects I belong to a working group within which I collaborate with colleagues to produce basic knowledge on ecology of Guanacos (Lama guanicoe), Choiques (Rhea pennata) and maras, their population status, their relation with human activities and habitat configuration, and provides management recommendations. We work tightly related with other groups working on overgrazing effects, insect and rodent diversity and bioingenier species. Regarding GIS, we shear mapped information with these and other working groups and the General Direction of Conservation and Protected Areas of the Chubut province. Also we have trained rangers on GPS use, mapping and visualizing basic issues.
describe the history of your personal work in conservation and GIS: My passion for biodiversity andconservation starts when I was in high school and discovered how wonderful life is reading Hellen Curtis Biology textbook for Biology Olympics. But was when I was an undergraduate student that I start my relation (that continue up to the present) with a local NGO from my natal city (TELLUS, Southern Conservationist Association, www.tellus.org.ar) and my participation in conservation by performing an assessment of exotic species in TELLUS’ Wildlife Refuge with management recommendations (2003). After that all may work was related in one way or the other with conservation issues, and even in my graduation thesis [Analysis of variability and population structure in Helianthus petiolaris Nutt.] developed in a sunflower research group with production interest I find the way to see the conservation implications of the distribution and variability of this exotic wild sunflower (2004). During my Master studies in Wildlife Management (2004-2006, http://www.efn.uncor.edu/escuelas/mmvs/index.htm) I took contact for the first time with GIS and landscape ecology issues and learn the importance of spatial processes for conservation decisions, which was determinant guiding my professional interests. Carrying out my master thesis I worked with the Greater and Lesser Reas Conservation Group (http://www.efn.uncor.edu/departamentos/cza/nandues/nandues.htm) and could apply my population genetic and landscape ecology knowledge to the evaluation of the effect of land use in central Argentina over Greater Rhea (Rhea americana) population variability and spatial dynamics, showing that agriculture practices fragment and threaten this large flightless bird, and that its captive populations are good gene reservoirs (2006).
Live Map Application created during the 2015 UC Davis-SCGIS Web GIS Training.
Dr Virginia Alonso Roldán, Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT), Argentina
Storymap of Sites within Peninsula Valdes where visitors can see mara (Dolichotis patagonum) (This webmap will have additional changes over the next few days.)