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IWAREMA Training in Lusaka, Zambia
From 10 to 16 March 2007, the TIGER Innovator project IWAREMA Zambia organised a capacity building event that was hosted by the School of Mines of the University of Zambia in their premises on the University campus in Lusaka.
The GIM instructor could welcome 14 participants coming from the IWAREMA partners, i.e. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of Lands and the Schools of Mines. Support to the instructor was given by the SADC Regional Remote Sensing Unit, having been trained on the IWAREMA products in the previous Capacity Building in January 2007.
The course contained various topics related to the production of the IWAREMA information products, including basic remote sensing and GIS lectures, on-line demonstrations of data ordering applications like ESA's EOLI-SA software or the USGS GloVis catalog, and practical introductions into the processing software packages to use, e.g. BEAM for MERIS pre-processing, SARscape for radar processing, Erdas Imagine for general image processing, Definiens for the core object-oriented image processing and GIS for data analysis and refinement as well as for lay-outing.
All practical introductions have been complemented by extensive hands-on exercises for which the School of Mines has provided the required infrastructure to be used by the participants. GIM has provided temporary licenses for all software packages required. A last step was the production of the information bulletins being the synergy of all information completed by local analytical conclusions done by the end users. The training was completed by a final exercise during which the attendees had to produce one of the IWAREMA products by themselves.
Training approach and content were highly appreciated by the participants, many of them concluded that they will use GIS and remote sensing techniques more often in the future as they gathered knowledge they didn't had in the past.