Activities  Capacity Building GIS-Web for Africa

In January 1999, GRID-Europe and UNITAR launched a joint undertaking to make environmental information in the form of dynamic maps more widely accessible to users through the use of electronic media, namely the Internet and CD-ROM. The “Environmental Information System on the Internet” project (which is known by its French acronym SISEI) aims to strengthen existing national capacities and provide new opportunities to remote users and decision-makers, particularly in Africa, to consult and analyse current environmental information.

The final product will also offer map publishing services on the WWW using Internet Map Server technology to ensure timely and efficient information provision to decision-makers and planners, the academic community and general users around the world. In terms of data, GRID's extensive data archives as well as other information sources were used to assess various environmental problems, particularly those related to drought and desertification in Africa.

A software program application, called “GISWeb-Africa”, was developed to create dynamic maps and related GIS databases on Africa’s physical environment. Follow-up steps focused on improving the GISWeb-Africa software application. This included expanding the scope of the cartographic database to include other non-environmental themes from population to infrastructure. The spatial analytical capacity of the software programme has also been improved, allowing the integration of more information layers at various geographic scales from the sub-regional to the local levels, as well as to carry out robust calculations and allow versatile map printing options.

Access to GISWeb-Africa:
http://maps.grid.unep.ch/scripts/esrimap.dll?name=gisweb&cmd=map