This follows up on a successful researcher links workshop held in Stellenbosch in 2016, for which Julie Ingram and Kenny Lynch (School of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire) won a British Council Researcher Links award and funding from the UK’s Newton Fund to run a workshop to develop understanding of how new methods in ecosystems services can help secure our water and food security.
At this latest workshop, Julie, together with colleagues from RISE, Bangor and Cranfield Universities, will coordinate a Water Data Challenge Workshop. This will bring together stakeholders from AUC, Orange mobile, Ministry of Agriculture and local donors and NGOs to explore innovations (technical, institutional, or behavioural) in the generation, distribution, and use of data for better water management for small holder farmers in Egypt.
Rob together with Lucy Clarke (Senior Lecturer, Geography) will run a workshop on using geographical information systems (GIS) for ecosystems services mapping and management. The one-day course will introduce postgraduate students and young professionals to GIS, and provide them with hands-on experience of applying GIS in environmental problem-solving scenarios using open source software.
Some of the GIS materials to be used for the workshop in Cairo
The workshop will be drawing on findings of the RAMSIS project, run in cooperation among the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) at The American University in Cairo, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mobinil Telecommunication Company, and the Fayoum Agro Organic Development Association (FAODA).