The Water and Livelihoods Initiative

May 15, 2011 at 11:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sharpening GIS skills: training course in Jordan for researchers from the Water and Livelihoods Initiative

The USAID-funded Water and Livelihood Initiative (WLI) conducts research at benchmark sites in different agro-ecosystems, to develop integrated strategies for water, land use and livelihoods. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool for site characterization – a crucial first step in the research process.

A training course on GIS applications brought together 12 WLI researchers from different countries. The course was held at the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) in Jordan, 10-14 April. The trainers were Dr Feras Ziadat from ICARDA, and Eng. Safa Mazahreh and Eng. Lubna Al-Mahasneh from NCARE. The course covered different aspects of biophysical characterization, including land suitability analysis and database management – using real data from WLI sites. Following the training course, participants will continue to refine the parameters to be used for detailed analysis, such as suitability criteria for each agro-ecosystem, and for land utilization types within each agro-ecosystem.

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