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Leveraging GIS technologies to strengthen climate change adaptation

The training course equipped participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively utilize GIS for climate change modeling.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer the most effective means of studying climate change and its impact on the natural environment, helping to monitor and predict changes over time and space. They are an invaluable resource to inform decision-making, helping policymakers to understand the consequences of their actions.

GIS monitoring is a key component of an IFAD-funded Project targeting smallholder farmers in Iraq and Jordan, which aims to raise the production of rainfed barley production systems, strengthen food security, and help rural households adapt more effectively to climate change.

Committed to the capacity development of Iraqi and Jordanian researchers, the initiative delivers training courses and recently held a workshop on the application of GIS technologies – the fourth since the Project was initiated three years ago.

This particular course is focused on achieving long-term sustainability as the Project nears closure. The course reviewed methods for spatial downscaling and drew attention to ready-made downscaled climate data; instructed participants on statistical analyses of climate data; and analyzed the impact of climate change on land suitability for barley in Jordan.

The event also aimed to broaden regional partnerships in climate change research and was therefore organized in collaboration with  the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus, which has a mandate for collaborating with national and international research institutes throughout West Asia.