Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS, a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities is becoming increasingly popular. At present, there are 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 33 countries. Information sheets on the UNESCO Global Geoparks by country are available, with detailed information on each site.
UNESCO’s work with geoparks began in 2001. In 2004, 17 European and 8 Chinese geoparks came together at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to form the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) where national geological heritage initiatives contribute to and benefit from their membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation.
On 17 November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of a new label, the UNESCO Global Geoparks, during the 38th General Conference of the Organisation. This expresses governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner.
The Organization supports Member States’ efforts to establish UNESCO Global Geoparks all around the world, in close collaboration with the Global Geoparks Network.

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS, a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities is becoming increasingly popular. At present, there are 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 33 countries. Information sheets on the UNESCO Global Geoparks by country are available, with detailed information on each site.
UNESCO’s work with geoparks began in 2001. In 2004, 17 European and 8 Chinese geoparks came together at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to form the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) where national geological heritage initiatives contribute to and benefit from their membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation.
On 17 November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of a new label, the UNESCO Global Geoparks, during the 38th General Conference of the Organisation. This expresses governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner.
The Organization supports Member States’ efforts to establish UNESCO Global Geoparks all around the world, in close collaboration with the Global Geoparks Network.

Monday, May 16, 2016

GIS and Landscape Architecture

Combination of different scientific disciplines could provide an extra value of advanced accomplishments that could be difficult to be achieved without the contribution of some inspired and innovative individuals, either from a research institution, or from a university department, but this could be also achievable in the public sector too for the bennefits of citizens!
The Los Angeles County Enterprise GIS, one of the most ground-breaking and innovative county department that promotes the use of Geospatial Technologies to the public, has approached the combination of GIS with Landscape Architecture in an integrated and widely-distributed-to-the-public,  way.

The following message is coming from their portal :
 
" On  Tuesday, May 3rd,  the Board of Supervisors received and filed the Park Needs Assessment Executive Summary and discussed the draft language for a proposed park funding measure.
park_needsThis was a very GIS-intensive process, resulting in a large series of maps that profiled park needs across the County.  Each Study Area was profiled, and a report created that contains a base map, park metrics, map of where parks are most needed, amenity quantities and conditions, park need framework, project cost estimates, and submitted project reporting forms.

It is a ground-breaking method for engaging the community and communicating highly complex analyses in a straightforward and open manner.

The Board directed Department of Parks and Recreation Regional Park and Open Space District staff to return to the Board on Tuesday, June 21st for further discussion and possible vote on the potential park funding measure. In an effort to continue to get the word out and inform the public on the outcome of the Park Needs Assessment Report and the draft ballot language, we are partnering with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to conduct 11 regional public meetings throughout the County this month that will cover these two items.
You will find the final park Needs Assessment Report at http://lacountyparkneeds.org/final-report/ "

Many congratulations!!!

I hope your pioneering work to be an example of excellence to other municipalities and counties all over the world!

With best wishes for new accomplishments,

Dr. Avraam Mavridis




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Two scholarships for the MSc in Geoinformatics (for international students)

Look here, at the page of M.Sc. opportunities for two scholarships for the MSc in Geoinformatics (for international students) in the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of M√ľnster, Germany. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Geospatial Technologies supporting the new sustainable development agenda of UN

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda of UN.
Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
A list of actions has been initiated by UN.

 UN's Sustainable Development Goals Website


GisBioEnviNet will be a supporter of these activities by contributing with knowledge issues, best practices, innovative advancements and more, promoting the extra value derived through applications of Geospatial Technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, UAVs, GPS, Smartphone Applications, etc.) and their analytics to the framework of activities of the Sustainable Development Goals of UN.