The Regional Training of Trainers’ Workshops on the brand new software tools, “Open Foris Collect Earth, Mapping Land Degradation” and “Strengthening Agricultural Drought Monitoring Systems (ASIS)” organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) were conducted in Ankara in September.
These workshops are targeted for technical officers from the Central Asian countries specialized in agro-meteorology, land, water and forestry management. The main goal is to enhance the capacity of 30 trainers representing the Central Asian countries and Turkey in collecting, analysing and processing mapping data on climate, landuse and land degradation via using appropriate FAO’s tools and methodologies. These skills are to be used in supporting decision-makers at the national level and reporting to UN conventions.
This initiative is aimed to ensure institutional ownership of the open-source mapping instruments and agricultural drought monitoring system at the national level at project countries. Also follow-up action plans on using Open Foris and ASIS tools in project countries will be developed.