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GIS at LRD

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									A call for action…
A personal view…
 I’m not a GIS expert       And that has shown me
                             how really empowering
 So why am I standing up    GIS can be if you
  here?                        Develop a purpose

 I have been involved in      don’t get hung up on the
                                technology too much
  some GIS development
  and have used GIS in my      choose your software wisely
  work                         don’t forget about training

                               try to put the tool in the
                                hands of the people who
                                really need it
    We generate a lot of data
 Our visits to countries
                                      These data are in
    PRAs etc.
    People we talk to                   spreadsheets or
    Things we see on the way into        databases
      town from the airport
    GPS coordinates
                                         Word or pdf
 Projects we coordinate or              hardcopy
  implement
    Consultancies we carry out or       people’s heads
      commission from others
 Stuff we read
 Info we pick up from visitors to
  SPC
    Workshop participants
Wherever they are, these data are mostly
managed sectorally…
 Animal disease distribution ,
  Pest/disease surveys, pest list databases
                                               Yet we talk about the necessity of
                                               integrated land use planning by
 GPS coordinates for the locations of fruit   countries…
  fly traps in the PICTs, pest distribution,
  location of villages that have pig farms     …and indeed of an integrated
  and waste management composting              approach
  sites.

 Participatory GIS – documenting
  traditional knowledge

 Distribution and evaluation of
  germplasm conserved at RGC

 Forestry and Agricultural Diversification
  team in collaboration with SOPAC are
  using GIS/remote sensing for forest
  inventory and monitoring
  …also allows us to make use of other relevant
  information
 There’s a lot of other data    Which can
  out there that’s also geo-        Tell us about places where we haven’t
  referenced                         been

    Population etc.                    “Domains”
                                    Help us predict where problems might
    Climate
                                     occur
    Land use, vegetation               Climatic adaptation of
    Soil                                pests/diseases

    Mapping of invasive
      species – African
      Tulip, Termites etc
 GIS is a tool for managing
 geo-referenced data
                          Vegetation

                          Climate

                          Elevation

                          Soils
Questions                                             Answers
                          Buildings

                          Transportation Network

                          Habitats

                          Jurisdictional Boundaries

                          Geodetic Control
 …and is also good for
 out-reach
 People like & understand maps
  better than tables
    PAHIS
 Better impact with decision-
  makers
    PopGIS (SPC
     Demography/Population
     Programme)
 Can even be used to strengthen
  community participation
    Participatory GIS
     http://www.iapad.org/
    Mental maps
But we need to do some homework
What data do we already have?

 Inventory it
 Prioritize it
 Digitize it
 Geo-reference it
   more completely
   more precisely (where possible)
Also – what else is out there that can be
useful?
National
                                  Lots of free stuff on the
        eg PNG
                                   internet if you know where
Regional
        SOPAC
                                   to look and what you need…
        SPREP
        SPC
         Demography/Population
         and Fisheries
         programmes
International
        CI
        WWF
        SINGER
And finally we’ll need…
 A process for keeping the information up to date, and
  adding data as it becomes available (with due security
  safeguards)
 Resources to manage the system in the long term
 Strategic linkages with key partners
 Training: Everyone in SPC-LRD should be able to use
  the system, not just a “GIS elite”
What should we do now?
We certainly want a coordinated approach:

   Both within SPC
   And within CROP: isn’t that what the Pacific Plan calls
    for?



We need to consult with key partners, and then get
someone in who can help us chart our own way
forward
Actions undertaken by LRD
 The SOPAC/SPC GIS &
 RS unit will establish GIS
 at the Land Resources         The idea is to have a
 Division                         centralized GIS
   Will train LRD staff on
                               establishment in the
   the use of GIS             Ministry of Agriculture
                                    in the PICTs
   Develop customised GIS
   solutions at LRD
   Will coordinate and
   guide the GIS work at
   LRD
Conclusion
 If we want an integrated
 LRD…
 If we want an integrated     We really should
 SPC…
                              use GIS more, and
 And if we want more
 effective targeting of our   more strategically,
 interventions in land
 resources management…           as a Division

								
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