County officers drawn from different departments have benefited from one week training on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies aimed at building capacities of planners and GIS officers in the preparation of GIS-based Physical, Land use, Spatial & Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plans. The training was held at the Regional Centre of Mapping Resources for Development, Nairobi.

Organized by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) through the European Union-funded Land Governance Programme, the training saw 19 Technical Officers from the Departments of Land, Water and Environment, Roads, ICT, Agriculture and Education, NDMA, Office of the County Commissioner, get trained on GIS applications.

Speaking on the last day of the training, Husna Mbarak, Land Technical Programme- FAO said that data is a priority in this era as knowledge management is increasingly becoming critical in governance.
“FAO is committed to ensure that technical officers are equipped with skills to prepare GIS-based spatial plans for sustainable growth and development,” said Ms. Mbarak.

The training follows last month’s exchange programme with CECs, Chief Officers and Directors from various departments forming part of the team that visited Vihiga County which has already implemented GIS technology in its planning, management and equitable allocation of resources.
Earlier this year, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo launched a GIS laboratory donated by FAO that will help to map and identify parcels of land and their use across the county by replacing manual systems with computer records using modern technology.