The special session ‘Geoinformation for development’ of the annual AGIT Symposium (www.agit.at) held in Salzburg on July 7 2006, addressed these topics by means of an open moderated discussion forum attended by scientists, actors in development cooperation and policy practitioners. With the objective to bridge the divide through partnerships the conference covered the following topics:
- The pressing issues – landcover, access to water, food production and distribution, biodiversity.
- Methodologies and tools – information systems for sharing data, GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry, spatial modelling, scenario development.
- Institutional requirements – challenging existing power structures, obstacles for implementation, facilitation of negotiation processes, early warning, and complementarities in international cooperation.
- Recommendations provided by members of a concluding panel discussion.
The articles cover the contributions made either by oral presentation (keynotes, discussion forum), posters or statements by panel members and session chairs.
The book addresses people working in the overlapping fields of geoinformation, development co-operation and technology transfer.