SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

SPC notes that a number of its datasets, including those for pests, plant genetic resources and crop production, have been identified as suitable for GIS mapping. These will be combined with other environmental datasets, such as climate and landcover, to assess their current distribution and potential future distribution under various climate change scenarios.

The session took place from 28 May-1 June 2012. SPC indicates that a follow-up meeting is scheduled in order to identify key climate change applications that would be useful in the context of climate change adaptation planning. [SPC Press Release]