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National trainings
Africover and GLCN have developed strategies to build national and local capacity for land cover mapping, database management and data dissemination and awareness.

training Training has been undertaken at various technical levels, including training of local experts in photo and image interpretation, the use of the GLCN land cover mapping tools, database management and data dissemination.

GLCN has also embarked on a number of outreach initiatives aimed at promoting the project's impact to ensure a broad and diverse scientific community engagement. A number of regional awareness and training workshops have already been undertaken. The outcome of three of these workshops was underpinned by a declaration from the participants on their support and commitment to the GLCN initiative.

Training is provided on land cover mapping methodologies, LCCS and other geo-information technologies.
10-14 Jun 2013 Malawi Land Cover Database and Change Workshop Lilongwe, Malawi
10-16 Dec 2012 Fouta Djallon Highlands workshop Dakar, Senegal
10-12 Jun Senegal national workshop Dakar, Senegal
4-15 May Uruguay national training workshop Montevideo, Uruguay
25 Aug-12 Sep Training on: "Land Cover Mapping for the Area Frame Statistical Analysis. Case study of West Showa (Ethiopia)" Addis Ababa
25-29 Apr GLCN PRC national training workshop Beijing, PR China
14-18 Feb GLCN INDIA national training workshop New Delhi, India

Summary of national activities Africa
    Mapping initiatives have been completed or are being carried out for Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi Namibia, Zimbabwe.
    China: A national training and harmonization workshop for China has taken place in Beijing in April 2005. The workshop was supported by the Government of China and the Government of Italy and hosted by Chinese national mapping institutions. GLCN is engaging with Chinese institutions to collaborate with the update of national land cover maps for China.
  • India: A national harmonization workshop for India was organized in New Delhi in February 2005 with the support of the Government of Italy and hosted by national mapping institutions.
  • Mongolia: A national mapping project for Mongolia was conducted with the support of the Government of the Czech Republic and implemented by national and international institutions.
  • Viet Nam: A national mapping project for Viet Nam was conducted with the support of the Government of the Czech Republic and implemented by national and international institutions.
Latin America
    Argentina: The Remote Sensing group of the National Institute of Agriculture Technology (INTA) is promoting a common framework for the remote sensing and GIS activities of the Institution, which are developed throughout the country in several INTA research stations. One of the main subjects is the characterization of homogeneous areas for agriculture, cattle grazing and forestry production activities, looking at the changes in land use and land cover with special regard in the sustainability of the ecosystems, the competition between agriculture expansion and deforestation, and the preservation of biodiversity conservation areas. It is foreseen that the use of GLCN methodology will help to achieve INTA objectives as well as to contribute to the building of the Argentina land cover map.
  • Brazil: The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistic (IBGE) is developing a collaborative programme with other institutes (e.g. INPE and EMBRAPA) to carry out harmonized mapping activities using GLCN technologies. For 2005, six 18 000 km² plot sites have been selected in the Rio Grande do Sul State (south of Brazil) and will be mapped at 250.000 scale using LCCS. Two weeks of field work for each team of researchers have already been programmed and approved.
  • Chile: The principal cartographic agency of Chile, the Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM) is collaborating with the Centro de Informacion sobre REcursos Naturales (CIREN) to develop a formal proposal for an agreement of cooperation with the FAO to implement a national mapping activity using LCCS. Project proposals are also being developed for submission to international donors.
  • Ecuador: CIRSEN and Minister of Agriculture coordinating the development of a proposal on a national mapping project based on LCCS.
  • Uruguay: an inter-institutional working group, consisting of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Ministry of Cattle, Agriculture, and Fisheries, the Ministry of Housing, Regional Planning, and Environment, and the University of Uruguay (College of Sciences and Agriculture) has joined to develop the project "Preparation of Land Cover/Land Use Database through Remote Sensing for the Whole Country", and requested FAO's assistance for the generation of the needed land cover/ land use database for the country and for the transfer of the appropriate technology. The Ministry of Transport and Public Works, through its Department of Geographic Information (Departamento de Información Geográfica, MTOP), which is in charge of the development of the National Geographic Information System (SIGNac), is proposing an approach to standardize and update the land cover/land use database for the whole country.
    It should be noted that similar initiatives are also being developed by institutes in Bolivia and Peru.

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