20161006_102722DE GIS team deliv­ered a suc­cess­ful work­shop on ARM (Agri­cul­tur­al Risk Map­ping) in George­town, Guyana to a group of 25 pro­fes­sion­als from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment, pri­vate com­pa­nies, NGOs, and uni­ver­si­ties. The work­shop was done in part­ner­ship with IICA (Inter-Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Coop­er­a­tion on Agri­cul­ture), Guyana Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, and the Unit­ed Nations Devel­op­ment Pro­gram.

The focus of the work­shop was on map­ping the risk of droughts, floods, saline intru­sions, and pest infes­ta­tions in both Guyana and Suri­name. DE’s team is spe­cial­ized in using QGIS (pub­licly avail­able Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tem soft­ware), and open data sources in order to cre­ate val­ue-added infor­ma­tion prod­ucts that can help deci­sion-mak­ers deal with envi­ron­men­tal change. With the increas­ing threat of acute cli­mate change and increased cli­mat­ic vari­abil­i­ty, this is becom­ing an essen­tial prac­tice on many parts of the world.