Databases to support Decision Making - Biodiversity Conservation



NAIROBI, 28 June 1996 -- The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Environmental Natural Resource Information Network Programme (ENRIN) hosted a two-day Regional Workshop on the Use of Databases to support Decision Making in Biodiversity Conservation in East Africa, here on 27 and 28 June 1996.

Mr. Takahiko Hiraishi, Assistant Executive Director, UNEP Division of Environmental Information and Assessment, delivered the welcoming address to 60 participants from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The key-note address was given by Mr. Paul Chabeda, Programme Officer, UNEP Biodiversity Unit. Mr. John Githae, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya, delivered the Workshop's opening statement.

Under the project "Institutional Support for the Protection of East African Biodiversity", financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and executed by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UNEP has been implementing the component involving Biodiversity Database Capability Development.

The Workshop was designed specifically for Decision-makers and technical resource managers to provide a forum to explore practical ways of strengthening linkages between database development activities and decision making processes in biodiversity conservation in East Africa through the use of environmental information services at the national and regional levels.

More specific objectives were to: demonstrate and review project progress regarding biodiversity database development activities of the collaborating institutions in East Africa; exchange experiences of database development for biodiversity conservation in East Africa, with particular focus on how environmental issues are presented to and addressed by databases; identify the information needs of decision makers, including minimum data sets,formats and outputs required for planning purposes; determine the placements, potential uses, and linkages for database development in environmental agencies; and plan for development of a regional biodiversity database in East Africa.

The biodiversity database development capability component has been implemented within the overall framework of the ENRIN Africa Programme.

The ENRIN Programme has, within the period of October 1993 - June 1996, provided technical and project development support to the national cooperating institutions in the three countries, namely the National Environment Secretariat, Kenya; National Environment Management Council, Tanzania; the National Environment Information Centre, the Forestry Department and Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Uganda. Specific support has included planning, basic and operational training, provision of appropriate hardware and software, technical assistance with implementation of pilot project activities, facilitating study tours, workshops and seminars. This Workshop was the final meeting of this component of the GEF Project.

For further information:

Mr. Kagumaho Kakuyo
Regional Coordinator, ENRIN _ Africa
Environment Information Networking/DEIA
UNEP, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, KENYA
Tel: (254-2) 623513 or 624234 Fax: (254-2) 623943 /4
Telex: 22068 UNEP KE

Beth Ingraham (Ms.)
  Information Officer                  
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  Kenya                                  The Global 
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