Quetta, Mon 01 Nov 2010 – A 5 day training course titled “Use of Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources Management” was organized for the civil society, academia, R&D institutions and Government departments of Balochistan. This course was designed keeping in view the geographical conditions of the province as disaster prone area.
The course is part of capacity building for IUCN’s Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development Programme and is being implemented in the six districts of Balochistan i.e. Quetta, Pishin, Mastung, Qila Saifullah, Lasbela and Gwadar over the course of six years. The programme focuses on environmental governance, water resources management, watersheds and rangelands improvement, coastal ecosystem improvement and rehabilitation and in turn helps in improving livelihoods. Additionally, climate change and desertification is the cross cutting focus while addressing these sectors. Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development Programme is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Pakistan.
The last 30 years have witnessed a growing understanding that the earth cannot sustain the current levels of population and utilization of natural resources. A need for their scientific management has risen. This is only possible through a continuous effort to survey and monitor the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the environmental conditions. GIS (Geographical Information System) is a computer based information system that has the capability of handling data related to earth and natural resources. GIS is a relatively new concept in Balochistan and since there is a lack of human resource; capacity building of the stakeholders of the province is one of the key component of BPSD.
It is planned as a 5-day training course, taking place from November 1st- 5th. On the first day of the training, a total of 38 participants from civil society organisations, Government departments like P&D, Agriculture, Irrigation, Academia, UN agencies, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Education Department, Gwadar Development Authority, and Environment Department attended the training. The participants of the training would also be exposed to field surveys, data collection and hands-on work on different GIS based software during the training.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Zabardast Khan Bangash, Manager IUCN Balochistan programme said, “GIS maps and Remote Sensing techniques help the governments to locate and pin point the hazard prone and vulnerable areas thus enabling them to take timely decisions of rescue, recovery and rehabilitation”.
He also remarked that Balochistan is rich in natural resources but its proper utilization has been an issue. GIS applications have also been successfully used all over the world in mapping, indentifying and utilizing natural resources.This training is the first of its kind in the province to focus on the resource-rich Balochistan. This will help the provincial stakeholders to use this state of the art technology in taking maximum advantages of the natural resources.
For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:
• Mumtaz Haider Khan, GIS Coordinator, IUCN Balochistan Program
Cell: 0345-2004125, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mr. Zabardast Khan Bangash, Manager, IUCN Balochistan Program
Cell: 0345-2004101, email: email@example.com
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