The Return of the CCF Conservation GIS Group!

Post date: 
16 Feb 2017 - 10:30
Type: 
CCF News

The CCF Conservation GIS group returns!

Back in 2014 there was an active Conservation GIS Group operating under the banner of the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) (and for the uninitiated, ‘GIS’ stands for Geographic Information Systems). Sarah Knight, then at UNEP-WCMC, was the driving force behind the group, but she has since moved to York to undertake a PhD and things slowed down (practically to a halt). Then in 2016 there was the CCI Collaborative Fund application led by Jonathan Knox at FFI which sought to secure funding for a whole series of GIS events at Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Despite being unsuccessful, this bid drew together the Cambridge conservation GIS community and built up significant momentum. Towards the end of 2016, a group of people from several of the CCI partner organisations maintained this momentum by organising a couple of events; we had an informal pub meeting at The Eagle after Bob Smith’s Cambridge Conservation Seminar on spatial conservation networks, followed by a CCI International GIS Day ‘meet-and-greet’ in the David Attenborough Building, which attracted over twenty people from six CCI partners and one external organisation.

We are now looking to move things forward in 2017 and establish a more regular events calendar. Throughout the year, we plan to host such events as conservation mapping parties (or ‘mapathons’), seminars, spotlight talks and a drop-in clinic. Event details will be advertised through the CCF Events Calendar, the CCF Newsletter and the WILDLABS.NET Meetups and Events web page.   See also the GIS Group page.

The first bi-monthly Conservation GIS social of 2017 will be at The Eagle on Benet Street from 18:00 on Thursday 9th March. This informal social event is a time for people with an interest in conservation and GIS to discuss ideas over a refreshing beverage. Look out for an inflatable globe.