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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 14:45
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East Africa parks and conservation areas are under increasing threats that affect both short-term and long-term management goals. These threats include climate change, resource extraction, poaching and socio-economic pressures. There exists a critical need to grow the capacity of geospatial technologies for park and conservation area management in East Africa. These technologies can improve information and data gathering, generation, analysis and sharing that will translate into improved management strategies and on the ground implementation. Clemson University Parks, Recreation and Tourism management researchers over the past two years have built partnerships with conservation and government agencies in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda to address these threats through improved management capacities founded in-part on the implementation of proposed geospatial technologies. These efforts are cross-cutting including 1) GIS training; 2) mobile app development to enhance the tourism experience and improve visitor management; 3) geospatial infrastructure to improve stakeholder engagement; 4) assisting with grant writing and identifying funding opportunities; and 5) development of strategic GIS plans. This presentation will focus on these efforts and provide an opportunity to discuss limitations and success of this engagement and partnership model.

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Dr. David White

Research Assistant Professor/Chief Science and Technology Officer, Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies, Clemson University
Dr. White is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, USA. He has a strong background in desktop GIS focused on spatial analytics and implementation of GIS enterprise systems. His past efforts include the development of web-based metadata authoring systems, directing the deployment of hardware and software systems for real-time data collection, and the design and... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
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