CommonSensing Workshop and Mapathon at the Solomon Islands National University
Mapping with high resolution satellite data has become important for strengthening vulnerable places around the world affected by epidemics, conflicts, natural disasters, poverty or environmental problems. Maps with detailed information allow governments to take better policy decision and aid organisations to offer better assistance to areas in need. It helps people to understand their areas better and also provide in-depth information to country government to make informed decisions as an when the need arises.
UNITAR-UNOSAT together with the University of the South Pacific (USP) organised a mapathon in Fiji to engage academia in strengthening their capacity and awareness raising in line with the CommonSensing project's capacity development and sustainability action plans.
The University of Portsmouth, a CommonSensing consortium member, hosted a session on free geomatics for climate change adaption, where attendees learnt to use free open source geospatial data to reduce the risk from disasters in small island nations.