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GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental management, EIA and Audit Course


An environmental impact assessment(EIA) is an assessment of the possible impacts that a proposed project may have on the environment, consisting of theenvironmental, social and economic aspects. Environmental impact assessment ensures that decision makers consider the environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a project.

The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Environmental Management and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Audit process has gained substantial momentum over the past few years. Analyzing developments in their spatial context during the initial stages of the EIA process expedites the identification of potential aspects and impacts that may have to be assessed while the process goes on. Potential risk factors may be identified upfront and presented to the client to assess the viability of proceeding with the project. This approach reduces timeframes and usually presents the client with a cost saving.

An excellent tool that is increasingly important in the detection, description, quantification and monitoring environmental changes is Remote Sensing, which, in combination with geographic information systems (GIS) and fieldwork, is an effective management tool.

This course focuses on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing to organize and present spatial data in a way that allows effective environmental management planning. Decision makers and planners can use GIS to organize and present spatial data in a more effective way.


10 days

Course objectives

  • To expose participants to data capture, input, manipulation and display by GIS
  • To introduce GIS and Remote Sensing in environmental management
  • To expose participants to applications of GIS and remote sensing in environmental management
  • To introduce participants to the role GIS plays in the EIA process
  • To develop a sound basis for understanding the operation of GIS and Remote Sensing in environmental management.
  • Familiarizing with different methods and techniques for SMCA for EIA
  • Understanding the advantages and limitations of (S)MCA
  • Acquiring skills in DSS and GIS-based DSS
  • Understanding the role played by technical experts, stakeholders and decision-makers
  • To demonstrate to participants, use of GIS in identifying and analyzing potential impacts
  • To demonstrate case studies of a selected areas using GIS software.


  The following topics will be covered under this course:


  • Introduction to GIS and remote sensing in EIA and Audit Context
    • Knowledge recap: Definition and purpose of EIA
    • Components of GIS
    • Introduction to GIS software used for EIA
  • Geospatial technologies and techniques for environmental mapping with GIS Software
    • Planning for a GIS system installation
    • GIS Data sources for environmental management, EIA and Audit.
    • GPS data collection for environmental management, EIA and Audit
    • GIS data collection using mobile devices
    • GIS database creation
    • Working with GIS data
    • Rasterization and vectorization
    • Projection and coordinate system
    • Data output / Data presentation
    • Relating information from different sources
    • Map preparation and presentation.
  • Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis using GIS Software
    • Basic concepts of decision theory and problem structuring
    • Methodological steps in MCA and SMCA (value function and weight assessment, criteria aggregation, sensitivity analysis, result presentation).
    • Overview of main MCA and SMCA methods
    • AHP and OWA procedures
    • Using Decision Support Systems (DSS) and GIS-based DSS
  • Case studies for SMCA in different domains.
    • Site location
    • Land use
    • Land Suitability analysis
    • Distance to areas of population
    • Local area demographics
    • Proximity to transport and road infrastructure
    • Environmentally sensitive areas
  • Use of Remote sensing to identify and analyze potential impacts
    • Pre-classification of Digital Image Processing
    • Image classification
    • Image processing and interpretation
    • Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring
    • Change detection
  • GIS modeling for environmental application
    • Introduction to GIS modeling
    • Taxonomy of Environmental Models in the Spatial Sciences
    • Geographic Data for Environmental Modeling and Assessment
    • Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Wildlife Mapping and Modeling
    • Biodiversity Mapping and Modeling
    • Approaches to Spatially Distributed Hydrological Modeling in a GIS Environment
  • Participatory GIS Approaches to Environmental Impact Assessment
    • participatory learning and action (PLA)
    • Participatory GIS-Approach for Socioeconomic Data Collection and Impact Identification
    • participatory learning and action (PLA)
    • Participatory mapping tools (Mental mapping, ground mapping, participatory sketch mapping, and transect mapping and participatory three-dimensional modelling)
    • Open Source web based resources such OpenStreetMap and Google Maps for participatory mapping.
  • GIS for decision support in environmental management (Case studies)
    • Use of GIS and remote sensing in Communicating audit results.
    • Use of GIS and remote sensing in analyzing audit results
    • GIS as a tool for spatial planning



No prior knowledge of GIS is required.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 9th September 2019

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.


Event Properties

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 16-09-2019
Event End Date 27-09-2019
Cut off date 09-09-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 1,200,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,741
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,999
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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