The Terra-i tool presented as conservation asset at world’s largest GIS conference

California, U.S.A
Alejandro Coca

Terra-i team member Alejandro Coca familiarized attendees of the the world’s largest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and conservation event in California, U.S.A., with the goals and prospects of Terra-i.

Figure 1. As part of the SCGIS scholar program, Alejandro presented Terra-i’s work during the ESRI and SCGIS international conferences in California, USA.

The 33rd ESRI User Conference and 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) were held recently in July, both conferences forming part of a global scholarship program for which the SCGIS awarded Alejandro a competitive month-long sponsorship.

The GIS and conservation community showed strong interest in the project’s approach, the consistency of its data, and its open-source philosophy for data delivery.

In addition to the Terra-i conference sessions, Alejandro and staff from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) joined in activities at the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) booth, located in the Environmental Showcase section of the ESRI conference. Along with Terra-i, web-GIS applications such as HarvestChoice and RTBMaps were highlighted and introduced to conference-goers.

This year CGIAR received its first award from ESRI for the development of the RTB web application.

The SCGIS scholarship program also awarded Alejandro with three ESRI instructor-led training courses related to topics such as performing GIS analysis, improving cartography as well as publishing maps based on ESRI services to the web.

Figure 2. Multi-national scholars are supported every year to attend the ESRI and SCGIS conference and present their conservation projects.

The Terra-i project acknowledges The Society for Conservation GIS and ESRI for supporting Alejandro’s attendance at these world-recognized events.

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