Environmental Informatics Workshops
Development of international capacity building and brainstorming workshops focused on advanced information technologies in environmental management is one of our core activities. In the past several years we organized and led workshops in several countries, focused on environmental and development issues in Asia and Africa.
Hydrologic Data Sharing Workshops in Southeast Asia
With support from the U.S. Department of State researchers of Community Commons traveled to several Mekong River countries to present three capacity building workshops on hydrological data infrastructure and climate adaptation modeling. The Mekong River supplies water to millions of people in six different countries. Sharing data about river conditions among them is critical for developing joint strategies to improve quality of drinking water manage water resources for irrigation and household use, and prepare for extreme events such as massive floods. The workshops introduced open-source software for publishing, sharing, visualizing and integrating hydrological data, discussed international water data exchange standards, and presented approaches to modeling water resources under the conditions of climate change. The workshops were conducted in Bangkok (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in Summer 2013.
LMI Workshop on Tiger Habitat Protection
In the fall of 2014, Community Commons organized and led a two-week training workshop for protected area managers and land use planners and conservation experts from 7 countries in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) presents a platforma and mechanisms for advancing local and regional emnvironmental efforts. The international workshop was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The workshop website with presentations, data, exercises, notes, etc. is at https://sites.google.com/site/lmihabitatprotectionworkshop/ We focused on improving technical capacity of research, management and planning personnel of protected areas in the tiger habitat range countries, examined bottlenecks and gaos in skills, available technologies and data needed for regional collaboration in habitat conservation, and presented findings to policy makers. Download workshop report to learn more.
Vital Signs Information System Workshop
As part of the Vital Signs project of Conservation International, Community Commons conducted a Vital Signs Information System Workshop hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Vital Signs is a creating an integrated system for monitoring, analysis and decision making to address key ecosystem service, human well-being and agricultural development challenges in Africa. The workshop focused on information support for data collection protocols developed by the project, and on a blueprint and design recommendations for a Vital Signs information system. See workshop report on the Vital Signs web site.