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Geographic Information Systems (Quantum GIS) Application for Wildlife Management

including Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART)


Duration:    10 days

Cost:             R6850.00 p/p (All-inclusive accommodation, catering and training. Transport to and from SAWC for own cost)

Venue:          Southern African Wildlife College

Address:       Kempiana Nature Reserve, On the Orpen Rd R531, Kruger National Park.



Quantum Geographical Information Systems Course Outline

Quantum GIS is a free online software for those that need the software in support of conservation objectives and activities regardless of where they are located.

Course Outcome: Use Quantum Geographical Information Systems in support of conservation objectives and activities

Learning Outcomes for this module:

  1. Collect and Manage spatial data
  2. Use GIS in the identification of general reserve planning requirements
  3. Use GIS in the planning of reserve development and land-use planning
  4. Use and apply GIS in support of conservation planning and activities management

Strategic areas covered

  • Introduction to Quantum GIS
  • Theme properties and display
  • Presentation of data
  • Tabular display and editing
  • Map projections
  • Vector data capture & introduction to raster data
  • Spatial analyses
  • Map layouts
  • Natural information collection kit (NICK)
  • QCIS

Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART) Course Outline


Purpose Statement:SMART is highly flexible tool for collecting spatial and temporal information of unlimited types. It allows for fast and efficient data collection analysis and presentation in a standardised format. This facilitates for broad based comparisons across projects and across departments/organisations and, importantly, reduces data processing times.

The course aims to provide the learner with the basic knowledge and skills associated with using SMART. These Include:

  • Introduction:History and current state of SMART use globally. Project planning
  • Set up SMART:Creating conservation areas and base maps; Defining data collection events and mandates; Populating employee lists; Importing and creating a data models
  • Data collection:Program installation on cell phones (android only). Collecting, uploading and downloading data.
  • Data Handling:Create, edit and run data queries and manipulations
  • Data Presentation:Create a report templates, including logo, a title, a date range, maps, tables and charts; Use queries created to populate the report; Format and export reports
  • Questions/Problem Solving for using SMART in daily work. Time is allowed to implement new skills, in the presence of the trainer, to build models and set up conservation areas for each participant’s project.

Course Outcomes

  • During the course we will be working on projects relevant to your work. With each step the learner will build on from the previous one. By the end of the course, learners will have a simple but functional SMART project that you can take away and work on for your own projects.

Who can attend?:

  • This course is suitable for Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.Applicants must have knowledge, comprehension and application ofa computer and related Windows and Office software as an essential requirement and speakEnglishfluently.

Accreditation: This course is a NQF level 6 course and is institutionally accredited by the Southern African Wildlife College. Attendees will be required to complete assessments and a practical assignments.

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