GIS in Conservation

Bringing about an understanding GIS as a tool in conservation planning and management. 1972 I was fortunate to be allocated a bursary for studies in the USA. My first introduction to GIS was during these studies at University of Pennsylvania, with the Professor Ian Mcharg. At that time, GIS was elementary and restricted to a grid system of data management with the printing of maps, restricted to shades of grey through over printing by typewriters. On my return to South Africa, I was appointed Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pretoria, where I developed our own GIS system in Fortran. Soon the development of professional software and programs such as ArcInfo, replaced my basic GIS program. Over the years I have used Arc GIS (current name) as an essential tool in environmental management. I will illustrate the advantages and indispensable nature of GIS in on some of the projects I have been involved with.

I recently had the opportunity to present a keynote address to the conservation group at the ESRI User Conference Africa in Cape Town. It gave me the chance to expose our work on Ecosystem Services as a conservation priority. Of special interest was the memo of October 7th 2015 from President Obama to the US government to commence developing policies on Ecosystem Services. Please click below to download and view my full presentation at the ESRI User Please click below…
As a firm believer in the value of maps, I found this article very illuminating. A map is a three-dimensional image on paper and often tells many stories through the layers of information each maps can be composed of. Pictures are more superficial and are more based on colour, texture and composition rather than content. National Geographic has been at the forefront of the science of mapping but in the recent past we have had NASA and their various satellites…
A GIS based map indicating the arch of volcanic islands and mountain backbone of Cameroon. The red line indicates the Cameroon border. Note the volcanic islands in the ocean. Recently I had the opportunity of visiting the Crater Lake region of Cameroon in the northwest province of the country. A series of craters and crater lakes dominate the mountain backbone of Cameroon. This specific lake became a crater of enormous interest due to the incredible effect of the spread of…
One of the most interesting projects the Transboundary Consulting Africa was involved with was the development of a decision support model for the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. The aim was to develop a GIS based database of public domain information dealing with ecosystem services.
Bringing about an understanding of GIS as a tool in conservation planning and management In 1972 I was fortunate enough to be allocated a bursary for studies in the USA. My first introduction to GIS was during these studies at University of Pennsylvania, with the Professor Ian McHarg. At that time, GIS was elementary and restricted to a grid system of data management with the printing of maps, limited to shades of grey through over printing by typewriters. On my…