Kazakhstan's experts learn from US to create Geoportals for climate dataApr 23, 2015
Within the USAID /UNDP project on «Improving the Climate Resiliency of Kazakhstan Wheat and Central Asian Food Security» five representative of the National Center on Space Research and Technology have passed a ten day specialized training programme on the development of geoportals for improving the early drought warning system in close cooperation with the Spatial Development International Inc, based in Seattle, WA, USA. As part of its broader goal and objective UNDP’s Climate Resilient Wheat project in Kazakhstan with financial support from USAID has supported the collaborative initiative of the National Center on Space Research and Technology to help build a web based information management platform to enhance the delivery of drought information to farmers for better planning and management of their farming production systems. As part of such collaborative initiative the USAID/UNDP project has consolidated the concept for development of geoportal whose main aim is to improve the present system of weather and climate data information delivery as a self-driven mechanism covering functionally not only Kazakhstan but also other Central Asian countries in the long perspective. The geoportal system is conceptualized to post updated cartographic and climate data information to define optimal planting times and better track and monitor the drought season in the wheat production sectors in Kazakhstan. The official launch of geoportal is planned for July 2015 in the administrative building of the National Center for Space Research and Technology in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In this way, Kazakhstan will be the first country amongst the Eastern and Central European nations that would have such a comprehensive web based information management platform.