The Department conducts case studies and publish their results on the following subjects:
Field projects and training
In terms of Technical Cooperation, the following projects have a GIS component:
- “UTF/BRA/066/BRA on Coastal Communities Development”: Using the GIS analytical framework developed by the previous TCP on seaweed farming TCP/ BRA/0065, the UTF project will collect and enter the required information to pre-select 15 new sites per state for further analysis. The establishment of GIS for integrated mariculture and artisanal fisheries would include the training of the operators and the programming of the system which should also be used for monitoring of project impact
Geo-referenced information systems
GISFish was created to: (a) promote the use of GIS, remote sensing and mapping; and (b) facilitate the use of these tools through easy access to comprehensive information on applications and training opportunities. Accordingly, GISFish targets a broad range of users.
- The GISFish Global Gateway to GIS, Remote Sensing, and Mapping for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (GISFish) is a "one stop" site from which to obtain the depth and breadth of the global experience on GIS, remote sensing and mapping as applied to aquaculture and inland fisheries.
Status: Ongoing and updated regularly
- The African Water Resources Database (AWRD) keeps being developed based on the recommendations of the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture for Africa (CIFAA). Systems such as AWRD are excellent means to attract and direct investments in aquaculture and fisheries development. Further explorations and applications of AWRD data could deepen our understanding of inland aquatic resource management and be of immediate value in addressing a wide variety of issues raised at recent CIFAA sessions. These include, for instance: improving status and trends reporting in inland fisheries and aquaculture, co-management of shared inland fisheries resources, transboundary movements of aquatic species, and increased participation of stakeholders.
Status: Completed in May 2007. Provided funds are available AWRD like frameworks will be developed in Ghana in 2007 and for Latin America and Asia in 2008.
Methodologies, technical guidelines and technical papers
- Spatial tools in support of the development and management of Offshore Aquaculture: the goal is to document the role of available GIS, remote sensing and mapping tools to support the development and management of Open ocean aquaculture in places where good potential exists.
Status: The publication was released in the first quarter of 2007 and is currently being distributed. Open Ocean Aquaculture analysis are envisioned for Asia in 2008.
- Satellite Aperture Radar (SAR) data can be used for inventory and monitoring of coastal aquaculture and fisheries structures which are important baseline data for decision-making in planning and development, including regulatory laws, environmental protection and revenue. Wider application could help create a comprehensive inventory of aquaculture structures.
Status: The publication was released in the first quarter of 2007 and is currently being distributed. A regional inventory on aquaculture structures in Asia using SAR is envisioned for 2008.