Goals, tasks, plans and resources of the Working Group on Capacity Building
Capacity building is at the heart of the GEO-Wetlands initiative since it will provide the fundamental contribution to achieve the following main objectives of its Implementation Plan:
- Engaging providers and users of Earth observation based and other wetland related data and information;
- Advocating the use of diverse Earth Observation data and satellite-based information;
- Delivering information in a user-friendly, harmonized and quality-ensured way.
Previous (e.g. Globwetland2) and ongoing (e.g. Globwetland Africa, SWOS) experience have shown that capacity building is the main measure to allow realizing these objectives since it represents the actual interface between GEO-Wetlands and the users. It is the backbone for setting up the GEO-Wetlands Community of Practice, since the trainings
- raise the awareness among the users of the existing techniques and data;
- help to ensure the acceptance of these techniques by the users;
- lead to a sustainable and longtime adoption of tools and methods.
The tasks of the Working Group on Capacity Building will include:
- Development of a capacity building and training concept / plan that explains the different approaches the Global Wetland Observation Service (GWOS) will utilize for improving the capacity of the wetlands community at using EO based data as well as for efficiently integrating the GWOS portal and knowledge-hub into their workflows;
- Development and provision of training materials and organization of courses / workshops;
- Coordination and support of capacity building activities related to Wetlands and EO (regular webinars, workshops, summer schools);
- Coordination with government, conventions and SDG-related stakeholders, particularly in incorporating GWOS information in their planning, monitoring and reporting;
During the implantation period of GEO-Wetlands, different concrete activities are planned, particularly, the harmonised training methodologies and material will be elaborated based on experiences from GlobWetland 1 and 2 as well as SWOS. The ongoing SWOS training activities will ensure a critical review of the materials’ contents and quality. The revised and harmonized material (e.g. software, handbooks, videos and recorded webinars) will be made available through the GEO-Wetlands portal. Finally, a Summer/Winter school will be organized to reach out to professional and academic users of the GEO-Wetlands tools and techniques.
The participating projects will ensure the resources for the planned capacity building activities. This includes the ongoing SWOS training activities with users all over Europe, Africa and Middle East, the planned summer/winter school as well as the preparation of harmonized training material. Several partners of the GEO-Wetlands consortium are members of the recently set up Copernicus Academy, which will allow receiving helpful material and support from Copernicus. Additional resources will be sought for in the context of dedicated funding mechanisms for improvement of technical skills such as Erasmus+.