Regional Conference on Capacity Building and Education

Regional Conference on Capacity Building and Education organised by INSPIRATION - Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Western Balkans Project held on 5th March in Durres, Albania. Conference was opened by Mr. Eduard Halimi, Minister of Justice and Mr. Genc Pollo, Minister of Innovation and Information Communication Technology of the Republic of Albania.

One of the main activities of INSPIRATION Project is capacity building and knowledge transfer which includes trainings on INSPIRE implementation, national workshops and SDI capacity studies. In compliance with those activities, Conference covered topics related to education in the sector of spatial data infrastructure, remote sensing and capacity building methodologies. During the first session, current situation of education regarding GIS and SDI in regional countries was presented. Also, participants had the opportunity to hear about remote sensing at secondary and higher level education and employment opportunities in comparison with examples from EU.  Reflections on project trainings were presented as well as distance and e- learning opportunities in the field of geoinformation.

INSPIRATION project team announced the winner of the Ideas competition. The author of the best idea is The Agency for Real Estate Cadastre, Macedonia with their idea of combining the data from the different institutions, such as the degree of air pollution, water and soil, their spatial location, protected areas, as well as other geo-spatial data with the goal to improve environmental awareness.
Conference was attended by 90 participants from 7 beneficiary countries of INSPIRATION project.