Conservation GIS Symposium & Workshop - fostering connections between theory, technology and practice
This project was a one-day Symposium on the topic of Conservation GIS, held on World Enviornment Day (June 5, 2017). GIS (Geographic Information Systems) describes software programs
with a huge range of applications in environmental conservation. As the technology is newer and quite specialized, many students, conservationists, and community activitists are both unaware of all of the possibilities it can bring to projects, and unable to use it to its fullest potential. The advent of open source software tools and affordable licencing has brought this technology to the doorstep of many in the community, but the training has simply not been available here in the province for this type of work. The opportunities for small community groups and NGOs to learn and use these tools are tremendous and this workshop aims to provide the skills, contacts, and resources needed to successfully begin using GIS or increase their capabilities with their existing software.
Participants included consulting companies, students and faculty from MUN and MI, conservation practitioners from environmental NGOs and charities, Grand Concourse Authority, recreational organizations such as the East Coast Trail Association, and others.