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GIS and database training workshop during COP7, Bonn

Preliminary Program and latest infos

Bonn, 20 21st September 2002

fee: 30,- Euro

Bioinformatics plays an increasing role in conservation. Databases and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are now helpful tools, in particular for monitoring migratory animals, which move through space and time.

The Global Register of Migratory Species (GROMS) supports the goals of the Bonn Convention by summarising the present state of knowledge about migratory species in a relational database connected to a geographical information system (GIS). The database provides fully referenced basic information on migratory species, GIS maps and range state lists for 545 species, and a bibliography. It contains scientific names with authority and synonyms, vernacular names (English, French, German, Spanish), protection status by listing under CMS and its agreements, threat status according to International Red List categories, and CITES appendices. All this information can be listed according to the users interests. Maps can be viewed by the enclosed GIS software ARCEXPLORER, which allows simple GIS analysis, editing and printing of maps. All functions are explained by an extensive user guide.

Besides these standard features for information retrieval and map display, the GROMS information system can be used even more efficiently if users customise their special queries, perform their own GIS analysis or draw individual maps. Therefore, a training workshop is offered by the author of the GROMS (Klaus Riede).This initiative is supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The two-day course will take place at the newly founded Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, within walking distance from the CMS COP7 premises. For logistical reasons, we can only accept 20 participants, to guarantee full availability of computers, software and personel.

Note that a general public lecture and demonstrations about the standard uses of the GROMS will be held during the COP7, while this workshop is aimed at experienced users with a keen interest in GIS analysis and databases. Applicants should have basic knowledge of MS-Windows and commonly used MS-office programs. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets and research questions.

The objective of this workshop is to impart training in the use of relational databases in combination with desktop GIS programs (ArcExplorer and ArcView by ESRI). The GROMS database and GIS maps will be used as example data set to learn:

Once again, we have to limit the number of participants to 20! Applicants will be selected based on their confirmation. Please fill in the accompanying form and send it by fax, or email the requested information to Klaus Riede,

The "news" section of the GROMS website ( informs you about further details, and closing of application.


Application form (Download)

Please return by FAX to

(fax to

K. Riede, ZEFb, (00) 49-228-73 1869

or send an email with the requested information to:

I want to participate in the GIS and database training workshop at the

Center for Development Research, Bonn University, Germany (

on 20 & 21 September 2002 (9-12 am and 14-17 pm).

Participation Fee: 30 Euro (to be paid in Bonn)





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