By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, March 15, GNA - The University of Cape Coast (UCC) Centre for Coastal Management (CCM), has begun a five-day intensive training course in Geographic Management System (GIS) for development officers and natural resource managers.
GIS is a computer base tool, which allows users to create, manipulate, analyse, store and display information based on its location.
The training course, first of a series to be rolled out by CCM is designed to expose participants to GIS structure and leadership, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Data Caption and Creation and data structures and model.
It is being attended by participants from Western and Central Regions and aimed at building the intellectual capacity and GIS mapping skills of participants to enhance sustainable development of the coastal environment.
It formed part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Fisheries Coastal Management Project being implemented by the University of Cape Coast's (UCC) Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS).
The Project started in October 2014, and would end in October 2019.
The project is to improve upon the infrastructure for training and research on fisheries and coastal management, increase scientific knowledge for policy and technical advisory services, increase marine and coastal research and resource management, and to establish a centre for coastal management, among others.
Speaking at the opening of the training course, Dr Denis Worlanyo Aheto, Director, UCC- CCM, said the Centre was committed to strengthening capacity for sustainable fisheries and coastal resource management in Ghana.
He said the training course would offer comprehensive insight into the tools and techniques of geo-spatial data creation, analysis, modeling and mapping for monitoring and evaluation.
He said it was the vision of the Centre to become a centre of excellence in coastal management to contribute to global efforts at safeguarding healthy coastal ecosystems for sustained provision of goods and services and as such conduct demand driving research that influence policies.
Professor Johnson Boampong, Dean, School of Biological Sciences said expressed gratitude to USAID for supporting to safeguard the future for the management of coastal services.
He said GIS made it possible for users to integrate different kinds of geographic information such as digital maps, aerial phonographs and global positioning systems and urged the participants to take the course seriously.