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Space for Heritage

Space for the people managing the sites (Space 4 People) 

One of the main goals of the Open Initiative is to assist countries in acquiring certain initial capacity to use space technologies for the conservation of their heritage.

This progress is implemented by:
  • developing joint projects in close partnership with the country responsible for the heritage site;

  • holding workshops to familiarize local staff involved in site management with potential of space technologies applied to conservation;

  • defining the overall requirements and partners for the implementation of the activity and securing funding;

  • coordinating the training of the local staff that at the end of the project will be handling all the information derived from satellite images.
Garamba National Park, Congo (Dem.Rep)
© K.F. Hillman Smith
One of the priorities of the Open Initiative is to strengthen capacities at local levels through the use of space technologies to monitor natural and cultural sites. This is done by involving the end-users (local staff involved in site management) from the outset of a project and encouraging their participation at all stages.

In addition, through capacity-building activities, the end-users familiarize themselves with the benefits and limitations of space technologies and develop the necessary knowledge to handle and use satellite imagery and other technologies at sub-regional and national levels.
Capacity-building activities include organizing training for local conservation authorities and site staff, and introducing end-users to the potential use of satellite images and geo-positioning as applied to their daily conservation work in natural and cultural heritage.
The main outcome of these activities is to create the necessary know-how within local authorities for the usage of space technologies towards better conservation efforts. Several of these workshops have already been conducted in close cooperation with countries and experts from partner organizations: Master students in conservation (Strasbourg, France), Arab countries (Lebanon, Beirut), and Latin American countries (CONAE-Cordoba, Argentina).