CCRI researchers, together with colleagues from the School of Natural and Social Sciences, coordinated two workshops last week (13th and 14th February) in Cairo, continuing CCRI’s collaboration with Research Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE) at the American University Cairo (AUC).
Rob Berry (CCRI) together with Lucy Clarke (Senior Lecturer, Geography) ran a highly successful one-day course on using geographical information systems (GIS) for ecosystems services mapping and management. Some 16 postgraduate students, early career researchers and young professionals participated and were given a hands-on experience of applying GIS in the local context using open source software. From feedback received on the day, the course was greatly appreciated.
Julie Ingram (CCRI) together with Rob, Lucy and partners from RISE, Bangor and Cranfield universities coordinated the Water Data Challenge Workshop. This brought together stakeholders from AUC, Orange mobile, and the Ministry of Agriculture 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; and to scope out future research collaborations.