Through our searchable online database and Google Earth map, the MAPA Project hopes to make African conservation more visible and accessible. Over the last couple of years, we’ve coupled the development of our platform with hands-on workshops in which we further equip scientists and practitioners in the environmental sector with freely available and easy to use tools for communicating, visualising and mapping their conservation work.
Hot on the heels of our recent Google Geo Tool workshop in Zimbabwe (look out for a report back on that early next week!), we’re excited to announce that we’ll be bringing another Google Geo Tool workshop to Cape Town, It will run from the 25th to the 27th of June 2012.
This time we’re teaming up with the University of the Western Cape’s Biodiversity & Conservation Biology department. The course will be run from their new, state-of-the-art computer training facility (pictured below), located in the swanky New Life Science building on UWC’s Bellville campus.
As with all our workshops, our workshops are designed for conservation practitioners of all levels of qualifications and assume no programming or GIS skills. You don’t need to be a GIS boffin or tech wiz to attend!
At the training we will show you how to get the most out of Google Mapping tools (particularly Google Earth, Google Maps and Fusion Tables) to support decision making, increase public awareness, and create maps for your conservation project or organisation. We also hope to use this event to show you how you can use the MAPA Project’s conservation map and searchable database, to showcase your work.
Applications will remain open until the 15th of June. We will be accepting successful applicants in on a rolling basis, so apply early to avoid disappointment!
Here are the important details again:
- What? Using Google Geo Tools in Conservation: Cape Town 2012
- When? 25-27 June 2012, 8:30 – 17:00
- Where? 5th Floor, New Life Sciences Building, University of the Western Cape Campus
- Application & more information: https://sites.google.com/site/mapacapegw2012/
Hope to see you in June!