A strategic planning workshop (by invitation only) will take place in Naypyidaw, Myanmar from 17-21 June, 2013 in order to discuss the potential of geospatial technologies such as remote sensing to monitor and analyse changes of Myanmars natural resources.


Geospatial Analysis Training and Strategic Planning Workshop in Myanmar

Jointly organized by

Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar

The Smithsonian Institution, USA

World Wildlife Fund

17-21 June 2013


In collaboration with the GIS Section of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the cooperation of the Green Economy Green Growth – Myanmar (not for profit) Association (GEGG), a Geospatial Analysis Training and Strategic Planning Workshop will take place in Naypyidaw from 17-21 June, 2013. Geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing analysis provide powerful tools for analyzing and monitoring changes in the environment at local and landscape scale. For the workshop, partner institutions including NASA SERVIR and ICIMOD, CEOS Biodiversity @ German Aerospace Center and Department of Remote Sensing, Uni Wuerzburg, and the American Museum of Natural History will jointly discuss the challenges and options for remote sensing and the natural resources of Myanmar. The training will introduce powerful open source tools and are designed specifically for conservation biology research, wildlife management applications, and natural resource management. These techniques are valuable for biodiversity and cultural heritage research and are greatly sought after by practitioners and scholars in Myanmar. Experts from across Myanmar’s natural resource community are invited to identify strategic opportunities and priorities for geospatial mapping of natural and cultural resources.


The Goal of the Strategic Planning Workshop is to initiate a process and lay the building blocks to strengthen and expand Myanmar’s geospatial capacity and tools for better informed planning and decision making in natural and cultural resources for the sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable social economic development of Myanmar.



Dr. Melissa Songer (SCBI)
Dr. Peter Leimgruber (SCBI)
Dr. Myat Su Mo (MOECAF)
U Tin Aung Moe (Myanmar Peace Center)
U Soe Myint (UN)
Dr. Ned Horning (AMNH)
Dr. Peter Cutter (WWF Thailand)
Dr. Martin Wegmann (CEOS Biodiversity, LSFE)

and others