The Practice of Applications

Third seminar on GIS applications in developing countries

Utrecht, July 30, 1996


It has become more and more apparent that the introduction of GIS in developing countries is fraught with its own problems. One of these is, beyond doubt, the lack of sufficient and well- organized information. Perhaps, the recent development of (user-friendly) powerful software able to deal with information obtained by Remote Sensing techniques and -complementary to this- the so called high resolution scanners will open up the way for further improvement of the retrieval of spatial data in general, and for the broadening of the range of information sources. Limited financial means also seem to impose practical restrictions on the adoption and establishment of GIS. The question, however, is whether money is really the "root of all evil" in this era where hard- and software prices are tumbling fast, and remarkably powerfull and user-friendly software can be obtained almost for free. Furthermore, the lack of (organization of) human resources seem to compound all problems. Apparently, in many new GIS projects it seems difficult to learn from earlier experiences. It should be recognized that whatever technical successes GIS may have achieved, in developing countries the number of successful (and long-living) GIS applications remains remarkably limited. The experience with GIS applications in developing countries (many of which have been discussed during the two earlier GISDECO seminars) raises a number of practical questions which have to be addressed in order for GIS applications to make the desired advancement.

I am proud to present the proceedings of the GISDECO '96 seminar in which the reader will find a fine selection of descriptions of and discussions on practical problems and - what is more important - a large number of (guidelines to) solutions to these practical problems of GIS applications in Developing Countries

For the GISDECO organization,

Dr. Pieter van Teeffelen.

Opening address

·  Dr. Kam, Suan Pheng, IRRI, Manila, Philippines
The Practice of Applications. Putting GIS into practice in developing countries

GIS applications in natural resource management

·  Dr.Carlos R. Valenzuela,ITC-CLAS-UMSS, Bolivia
GIS applications in natural resource management

·  Dr. Steven de Jong & Bram de Bot, Dept. of Physical Geography (FRW/UU)
The use of multi-temporal NOOAA-AVHRR data to characterize range productivity under different land management systems in Zimbabwe

·  Dr. Rudy Goossens & Dr. Beata M. de Vliegher, Dept. of Geography, Gent University, Belgium/National Authorities for Remote Sensing and Spatial Sciences, Cairo, Egypt.
Monitoring, simulation and prediction of soil salinity and water logging risk, using remote sensing and GIS on provincial level. A case study for Ismailia (Egypt)

·  Dr. Sripen Durongdej, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Using GIS in provincial planning in Thailand: a case study of Mae Hong Son Province

GIS applications in rural development planning and management

·  Dr.Vinod K. Tewari, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
GIS applications in rural development planning and management in developing countries

·  Dr. Tom de Jong & Dr. Pieter van Teeffelen, Fac. of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University
GIS at your service: evaluating the location of pharmacies, based on transport network analysis in Koutiala, Mali.

·  Drs. K. Kok, Ir. P.H. Verburg, Drs. J.M. Schoorl, Drs. A. Veldkamp & Prof. Dr. Ir. L.O. Fresco, Dept. of Agronomy, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands
CLUE: A GIS based approach to model land use conversion

·  Drs. Margreet Barkhof & Dr. Pieter van Teeffelen, Fac. of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University
Coffee growing activity in pixels. Measuring land use changes in Puriscal, Costa Rica

GIS applications in urban development planning and management

·  Dr. Paul van Helden, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Geographic information systems in urban management. A south African perspective.

·  Drs Jan Turkstra, ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands
Phased introduction of (geo)information technology into municipal administrations.

·  Drs Jan Skornsek & Drs Johan Bentinck, Fac. of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Transformation of the rural-urban fringe of Delhi