Projects and Activities of EnviroSense
Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Analysis Projects
An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia (AEWA) , a major publication of Wetlands International, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The comprehensive atlas will show the breeding ranges, plotted water bird count data and flyway boundaries of the 218 bio geographic populations of 90 species of waders found in the AEWA region.
EnviroSense work on this project lasted from November 2005 to February 2006.
For more information about AEWA please see the AEWA website.
Assessment of the conservation status of the bats of Central America, project by the Wildlife Conservation Society. This is a five-year project to assess the conservation status of the bats of Central America . A Gap Analysis is undertaken to determine the extent of critical habitats and protected status throughout Central America and when data are available, the Caribbean. A risk assessment using meta-population models will also be undertaken when sufficient data has been compiled for each country. For more information please see the Belize Biodiversity Information System website.
The role of EnviroSense in this project was to investigate the effectiveness of utilizing Biomapper, a GIS and statistical program designed to build habitat suitability models and maps, for bat species of Belize. Work was carried out from October to December 2004.
For ecological information on habitat mapping please refer to
Investigation of the Relationship between Chlorophyll Concentration and High Spectral Resolution Data of Phragmites australis in Heavy Metal Contaminated Sites. MSc Thesis topic in Natural Resources Management , specialization in Rural Land Ecology with distinction from the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands. September 2001 to March 2003.
Field work in Gyongyosorozi mine tailing sites and Tedej agriculture area, Hungary (Summer 2002)
Environmental Research and Education Projects
EnviroSecurity Assessments by the IES, Den Haag, The Netherlands. April 2004 to November 2005.
Research work carried out entailed:
Reports of 3 case study regions:
Scientific Assistance in the Natural Resources Department, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands. September 2003 to January 2004.
Responsibilities included co-moderating the natural resource management course, co-designing exercises for and supervising students in GIS and RS courses.
Curriculum development for urban planning and management with a special emphasis on poverty alleviation (UPA) for the Asia-Link Programme (an EU initiative). The 3-year Asia-Link UPA project was implemented in the period 19 September 2002 to 19 September 2005 by the following academic institutes:
The project succeeded in developing five new educational packages on urban planning and management, each package containing enough material for three weeks teaching at MSc degree level. The packages focus on:
For a more detailed description about this project please click here.
EnviroSense assisted ITC, The Netherlands, from March to September 2003, wiith developing GIS training exercises for the ITC educational package “GIS for poverty mapping and poverty alleviation”. Exercises were made for students in four European and Asian higher education institutions.
For the online results of the project you may go to http://www.itc.nl/upa/
Natural Resources Management
Greening Foreign and Security Policy: The Role of Europe, is a joint initiative by the Global Legislators Organization for a Balance Environment (GLOBE-EU), Brussels , Belgium , and the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) , Den Haag, The Netherlands. The focus was on the linkages between the 4 stages of conflict and the integration of the three pillars – environment and security and development into European foreign and security policies. Discussions and research by experts culminated with a conference at the European Parliament 6 – 7 December 2006 . The aim of the conference with attendants from the EU parliament, UN organizations and international environmental organizations, was to help promote a political process for the better integration of environment and sustainable development into European foreign and security policies.
EnviroSense played a coordinating role in the Working Group on Predicting Instability, November to December 2006. Functions performed:
EnviroSense also made a presentation on the link between the environment and conflicts or opportunities and the need for a permanent global remote sensing monitoring system.
For more information and copies of the reports please refer to the links:
Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation Program by the IES, Den Haag, The Netherlands. December 2005 to present.
EnviroSense provided project leadership for the IES Colombia case study. Functions included:
Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation Program by the IES, Den Haag, The Netherlands . December 2005 to present.
EnviroSense Science and Methodology Coordinating role includes: