Supporting local planners with GIS maps and training

Fig: Examples of GIS land cover maps for Tanna.

Griffith researchers co-designed training for local and provincial government planners to support their capacity to use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools to better understand the areas they are planning for.  The team had generated new maps of land uses and coastal zone for Tanna which were not previously available. The two-day training included 9 of the TAFEA Provincial Government area planners who learnt about the features of the and how to use them to support their planning and decision-making. Other learning outcomes included how to use GPS to geolocate certain points of interest, for example villages, water sources, development sites and so on, which can then be uploaded directly to support the online knowledge base about planning in Tanna.

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