EcoSpatial GIS e-Learning Resource

Organisation: Westcountry Rivers Trust & the Scottish Fisheries Coordination Centre
Location: National
Type: Help & guidance
The use of spatial data and geographic information (GI) in evidence-based policy and decision making has seen a rapid expansion in recent years. Ecological and conservation organisations such as rivers/fisheries trusts, wildlife trusts and many others are increasingly being required to collate, manage and interpret spatial data and evidence in their work.
The best way to encourage and facilitate the use of the spatial data in GIS applications is to train practitioners to develop their GIS and spatial data skills and, in so doing, build capability in their organisations.
To meet the growing demand for subject-specific and relevant GIS training courses Westcountry Rivers Trust have developed a series of intensive GIS short-courses specifically tailored to develop and disseminate best practice and technical GIS skills in the use of GIS, in practitioners engaged in catchment management planning, landscape ecology, fisheries science, river restoration, ecology and conservation biology.
To support or enhance the delivery of face-to-face training the Westcountry Rivers Trust have also developed an online GIS training resource: EcoSpatial Training. The e-learning resources developed include:
  • Video demos of key theory and approaches
  • Video tutorials and demos of key techniques
  • Webinar presentations, online surgeries and discussion sessions
  • A broad suite of easily accessible case studies show-casing the application of GIS in the catchment/ fisheries/wildlife management sector
  • Online help and technical support post training – help forum, email/phone support.



The Catchment-Based Approach website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.


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