Report of the Regional Workshop and Training on Application of Resources Mapping andGeographic Information System GIS) BalaiBesarPenangkapanIkan (BBPPI) Semarang, Indonesia 29th September to 3rd October 2014
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Under the training needs assessment carried out by SEAFDEC RFU in 2013, the use of Global Information Systems(GIS) was considered a high priority by all REBYC‐II CTI countries.By using GIS applications they could improve the analyses and management of spatial data and present information in a more comprehensible format. In response to this request, the REBYC‐II CTI project organized a regional workshop and training on Application of Resource Mapping and Geographic Information System GIS) from 29 September to 3 October 2014 at BalaiBesarPenangkapanIkan (BBPPI) Semarang, Indonesia. There were 9 trainees from the five REBYC‐II CTI countries and 15 observers from the Ministry of Marine Affair and Fisheries, Indonesia. Four of the five REBYC‐II CTI countries sent two participants, but Vietnam could only send one participant due to passport problems. The objectives of the workshop and training course were threefold; (1)to exchange information, knowledge and know‐how on the application of resources mapping among the REBYC‐II CTI countries; (2) to help the participants to understand the concept and the use of Geographic Information System as a tool for natural resources management; and (3) to help the participants to understand and become familiar with the use of QGIS program for use in their resources management work. The Workshop on Application of Resource Mapping was held on 29th September 2014. The first part of the workshop focused on resource mapping carried out to date‐under the REBYC‐II CTI Project. Indonesia and Philippines have progressed well in this respect; other countries still need more work and capacity building. The training on Geographic Information System (GIS) was held from 30th September to 3rd October 2014. Individual computers for practicing GIS applications were used through training course. Both pre‐course and post‐course evaluations were conducted; the latter showing that the workshop and training course were largely successful in meeting the three objectives. All the participants found the workshop and training sessions useful at least to some extent and some found the course extremely useful. The most useful topics were 1) practicing on coordinate conversion using spreadsheets, and 2) practicing on GPS recording (point, line, and polygon). A majority of the trainees commented that the period of the training was appropriate but they would have needed more time for practice sessions. The participants commented that both trainers were knowledgeable but there were some communication problems because of challenges in the language. The participants also noted that more instructors should have been present for supporting them during practical sessions. Feedback on the training method, course administration and logistical support indicated that the course was in general well managed and implemented.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Environment Facility , Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center and Department of Fisheries Thailand. (2014). Report of the Regional Workshop and Training on Application of Resources Mapping andGeographic Information System (GIS). Samut Prakarn: Training Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.
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