A one day stakeholder workshop has been planned for a cross section of stakeholders such as researchers, students, State Biodiversity boards, Forest department officials, line agencies and NGOs impacting on biodiversity. The topics to be covered during the workshop include the following –
- An overview of Western Ghats biodiversity and the need for Spatial data – Limitations and lacunae in current understanding based on description, monitoring and management of biodiversity.
- How Spatial data helps provide the larger perspective for systemic understanding.
- Demonstration and Case studies of Applications of desktop, web and mobile GIS in management of biodiversity.
- Plan for intensive two week TOT workshops , utility of the trainees and mainstreaming capacity building in the respective agencies using FOSS4G tools.
- Open Discussion session to highlight the challenges in the State for adoption and use of Geospatial and related technologies and
- Identifying and nominating a state level nodal agency for follow-up activities in the use of open source GIS for Biodiversity.
- Tamilnadu : French Institute of Pondicherry
- Karnataka : Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
- Kerala : Salim Ali Foundation, Thrissur
- Goa : Goa University
- Maharastra : Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune
- Gujarat : Centre for Environment and Social Concerns, Ahmedabad
- Introduction to FOSS4G tools in desktop, web and mobile platforms
Gowtham G, KAIINOS Geospatial Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
- Scope and potentiality of free and open source Geospatial tools in biodiversity conservation
Dr. P. Rama Chandra Prasad, Lab for Spatial Informatics, IIIT Hyderabad
- Biodiversity Conservation in Western Ghats, India: Capacity Building in Harnessing Geospatial Data Management
Dr. S Narendra Prasad, OSGeo-India, Hyderabad