Water Practitioners Network's capacity-building training programme on GIS practices

About the Event

The use and applicability of spatial data has grown substantially in the past few years, yet there lies a huge scope in maximizing the effectiveness of this technology for various NRM (Natural Resource Management) practitioners for better planning and management. Cluster Facilitation Team (CFT) Programme of Government of India aims to improve the implementation of MGNREGA, especially through GIS-based applications. One of the key focus areas of this project is to generate livelihood opportunities in rural area managing natural resources and improving agricultural allied activities. This project has been initiated to empower the communities in the MGNREGA-NRLM convergence programme. Therefore, GIS-based mapping and survey at the ground level play a vital role in the decision-making processes for Natural Resources Management that helps for effective implementation of MGNREGA- CFT projects.

Keeping this in mind, Water Practitioners Network (WPN) plans to host a three (3) days capacity-building training programme on “GIS Practices for Effective Planning and Monitoring of NRM Works with special reference to the MGNREGA-CFT Programme”. The event will be organized in online mode from 15th to 17th, April 2021.

The purpose of the event is to transfer the digital mapping skills to empower NRM managers/practitioners as well as many other professionals working in the field of natural resource management in the context of effective planning and monitoring of  NRM works. The course also attempts to introduce the participants with recent developments and features of digital mapping that could be incorporated in their area of work.

Venue: Online mode

Date: 15th -17th April 2021

Duration and time of the Training: Three (3) Days (10:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Expected Number of Participants: 20

Course Fees: 3000/- (Three thousand rupees)

Participants: NGO workers, professionals, researchers and students working in the field of Natural Resource Management in India.

Expected Background of Participants: Familiar with the computer, ideal for the beginners in GIS field.

(Note: participants are required to have their own laptop/ computer for the online practical session.)

Selection of participants: Selection of participants will be done on first-cum-first served basis.

Certificate: Certificates of Completion will be provided to participants at the end of the training course.

How to apply: Interested people can apply by filling the registration request form available on the WPN website (https://www.waterpractitioners.org/events) or email (waterpractitioners@gmail.com ) titling the subject “GIS Training” by 10th April 2020.

Resource Persons would be from German Development Cooperation, India (GIZ), Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS), Bagli  and Self-Reliant Initiative through Joint Action (SRIJAN India)

Contact persons:

Dr. Jitendra Thakur (m - +91 9685337106; email – thakurjitendra39@gmail.com or waterpractitioners@gmail.com )


1. The Context and Requirement: GIS tools  for planning and implementation of MGNREGA- CFT Project

2. Understanding Fundamental  of Geographical Information System (GIS) in reference to NRM

3. Mapping administrative units of GP using  Khasara map

4. GIS-based Web Applications for village level planning

5. Integrating GIS information with Google Earth Pro

6. Basic application of QGIS software

7. Capturing NRM related information from Toposheet

8. Extracting terrain parameters from Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

9. Geospatial data collection using the mobile application

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