Availability of Robust Data
The programme works on the improvement of the availability of reliable and meaningful data that is used for assessing needs and designing strategic interventions, policies and strategies. The comprehensive information that is generated also serves as a basis for decision-making and for the implementation of a sustainable, biodiversity-friendly management of natural resources. Furthermore, it shall benefit all stakeholders, including the interested general public.
In Armenia, the country’s pastures and grasslands as well as their conditions, biomass and carrying capacities are mapped through a combination of remote sensing (interpretation of satellite imagery) and on-site data collection. The created maps will be provided to communities and local self-government bodies and will serve them as an essential basis to implement sustainable management practices like the rotational grazing on their pastures.
In Azerbaijan, a data layer will be developed that focus the “demand analysis of water ressources for sustainable agriculture”. Based on remote sensing data and GIS analysis different data will be harmonized, such as land use categories, climate and soil data, statistical data on plant production, and crop coefficient. Maps will depict than the climatic and geographical aspects of water references (water availability) and water usage of different planted crops.
In Georgia, a new centralized information system on the country’s forest areas is developed which will allow decision makers to have access to robust and timely information. It will combine information on the forest inventory with different planned and implemented activities on forest management and will thereby serve as an important information basis for responsible government authorities, NGOs, the general public and other stakeholders. This way it will lay the groundwork for a more close-to-nature forest management in the future.