Understanding our islands: How to get the best out of our GIS and data

 

Turks and Caicos Islands local and regional data and Geographical Information Systems Workshops.

 

As part of the OT data access project, In February 2015 JNCC, in collaboration with the Turks and Caicos Islands, held a local and a regional workshop hosted by the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Environment and Marine Affairs. The workshops focussed on training, and sharing best practice across the UK Overseas Territories.

 

The workshop report has been published as part of the JNCC Report series.

 

Workshop 1: Turks and Caicos Islands GIS and data Training Workshop Programme. 2nd - 3rd February 2015.

This workshop brings together personnel from various departments in the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and it's aims are:

To understand the principles of data share and data management.

  • To understand how GIS can be utilised by more staff in TCI to assist your day to day work.
  •  To introduce how open source solutions can work with Arc GIS and discuss advantages of having data available in a suitable form for all to access
  • To demonstrate the use of GIS for policy analysis to include:
  •  the way GIS can be effective in supporting the evaluation of the EIA
  • how to design ground-truthing for evidence evaluation
  • Consideration of modelling habitat suitability for different species .

 

More information and the workshop programme can be found here>>

 

Workshop 2: Caribbean UK Overseas Territories Workshop Programme. 4th – 6th February 2015.

 

This workshop brings together personnel from various departments in the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and GIS experts and practicioners from the region, from other OTs, and from the UK. It's aims are:

 

  • To bring together GIS and data specialists from the Caribbean Overseas Territories to share experiences and expertise and to explore options and opportunities for synergy and collaboration.
  • To build on the Data management / GIS Strategy discussions in Gibraltar to discuss use of GIS across all of the OTs/CDs; and to develop a GIS and data strategy identifying short term gains and longer term benefits.
  • To understand how a GIS/biodiversity data management strategy needs to consider: Data, People and Systems.
  • To examine in depth where we are and how to move forwards towards an action plan to implement an OT GIS/data strategy and to take forward this best practice in each Island.

 

The key output from this workshop will be:

  • Development of a GIS strategy and a practical work plan for each participating island to ensure effective, and increasing, GIS use and data management/access in addressing environmental management issues including identification of software, training and external support needs and how these should be met to include:
  • identification of specific applications of GIS in the OTs (for example habitat mapping, economic evaluation, development of management plans).

 

More information and the workshop programme can be found here>>