LACEP enhances the capacity of Lupane Local Board and Redcliff Municipality in Geoinformatics.
The Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project 2 (LACEP 2) facilitated the implementation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance the technical and human capacities of Lupane Local Board and Redcliff Municipality in geoinformatics. This support falls under their Urban Councils’ Association of Zimbabwe’s Service Level Benchmarking’s Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs). The Geo-information and Remote Sensing Institute (GRSI) of the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) provided the trainings and on-the-job coaching. Considering the unprecedented Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) reality, the initial proposal was based on a virtual/online approach for the integration of GIS in the targeted LAs. However, with the easing of COVID19 restrictions was a change in method to include a mixed approach to conduct the trainings and activities.
The introductory to Course GIS, some on-job-coaching and the Advanced GIS Course were delivered face to face. GIS will allow the two Local authorities to manage ad share spatial information with staff and residents. In addition, GIS helps LAs to perform routine tasks faster and with more sophistication that traditional manual methods do. The establishment of skills and the raised level of awareness of the benefits of GIS by Lupane Local Board and Redcliff Municipality are factors for the successful design and implementation of GIS.