The Centre for Coastal Management (CCM), University of Cape Coast, has organized a five-day intermediate course on Geographical Information System (GIS) which took place from the 24th-28th April, 2017 at BirdRock Hotel, Anomabo. The Short Course doubled as a test training for a manual developed by CCM to train participants on the application GIS tools at an intermediate level. The manual, “A Practical Guide to Geospatial Analysis and Change Management”, is a concise guide which is easy to follow and expected to help basic GIS users advance their skills in application. The modules of the Intermediate GIS Short Course are designed to help participants develop a systematic understanding of spatial analysis methods and learn practical skills in using GIS to discover features of spatial distribution. The management modules deal with change management and geared toward deepening participants understanding of the challenges, the techniques, and the problems associated with initiating and implementing changes within an organization. The course was developed to complement an Introductory GIS Short Course which is run at CCM.
The programme was fully funded by USAID as part of the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project year three activities. The participants for the training included some selected district planners from Western and Central Region. One participant was invited from Forestry Commission. Other participants included three PhD students from Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and two lecturers from Department of Geography and Regional Planning and School of Agriculture. In all, eleven participants were trained. The participants expressed their satisfaction and were much thankful for the opportunity given them. They promised to employ the knowledge and skills obtained from the training in their various field of work. The instructors for the training were GIS experts from University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Forestry Commission.
At the closing ceremony, the chairman of the occassion, Prof. John Blay, of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences urged the participants to make use of the new knowledge and skills acquired to improve their work output in order to fulfill the purpose of the training.