Geospatial Information System (GIS) mapping supports landscape mapping, smart planning, and decision-making. But fewer women work in geospatial information technologies (GIT) in Nepal than in other regional member countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). To improve the gender balance in the field, SERVIR-HKH promotes capacity-building activities in GIT for women. As part of this, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in partnership with the Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), will conduct a four-day training on “Empowering Women in Geospatial Information Technology (GIT)” under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR–HKH) initiative.
The training will provide theoretical and hands-on practical sessions on: earth observation for societal benefits, GIT applications in the HKH, concepts of remote sensing and GIS, gender perspectives in GIT, GIS operation and mapping using open source tools, python coding, and using the Google Earth Engine cloud computing environment to solve emerging environmental problems. The training will also cover science communication and the importance of engaging women in the GIT workforce.