Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Atlas of Change

UNEP has released the Latin America & the Caribbean Atlas of Our Changing Environment documenting deforestation, urbanization, pollution of water bodies and other environmental changes in the Region with satellite imagery. The visual information is striking and easy to understand. This follows the global Atlas of Our Changing Environment (UNEP's most popular publication) and the Africa Atlas of Our Changing Environment.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Success in GIS

A survey of 18 African countries, published by the RICS in 2009, found that the serious constraints to Making GIS Work in Developing Countries were (i) lack of support for GIS from their senior managers and decision makers, (ii) the lack of awareness from these people of the benefits that GIS could provide and (iii) the lack of personnel with appropriate skills and training. The lack of data was also identified as a serious or very serious hindrance. IMHO this seems to be the case with the Caribbean as well.