GIS Application Training, April 10-14
Training on “GIS Applications in the WLI Benchmark Sites” was held during the week of April 10-14, 2011. The training was organized by the Water and Livelihood Initiative (WLI) in close collaboration with the Jordanian National Center for Agricultural Research & Extension (NCARE). The training was given by Dr. Feras Ziadat from IWLMP/ICARDA, and Engineers Safa Mazahreh and Lubna Al-Mahasneh from NCARE/Jordan. The purpose of the training was to equip WLI resource teams in GIS techniques that will allow them to undertake advanced bio-physical characterization of their respective benchmark sites. The training covered all three agro-ecosystems (rainfed, irrigated and rangeland) and focused on undertaking land suitability analysis, and database management using real data from different benchmarks for illustration and on-the-job training. A total of 12 mid-level researchers from WLI partnering countries participated in this training. The trainees will continue to work on developing their suitability criteria for all represented agro-ecosystems including forest and afforestation, as well as detailed suitability criteria for particular land utilization types within each agro-ecosystem. A follow-up workshop will be planned depending on progress made by the partners.