- Client Instituto de Conservacion Forestal (ICF) - Honduras
- Project Design and development of the geoportal and geo-services for the forestry institute’s spatial data infrastructure, subsidised by the European Union
- Key Solution no
- Category PA, Environment and Territory
The main objective of the project is the implementation of a geospatial data sharing platform, for the forestry sector.
The project is part of the Modernización del Servicio Forestal (Mosef) initiative, set up to improve governance of forestry, protected areas and wild animals in Honduras, in municipalities and in community associations, under the State policy for social production development and decentralisation.
It aims to achieve the following goals:
- collection of available data from the various bodies;
- circulation of data on a knowledge sharing web platform;
- creation of a specific metadata profile for the forestry sector;
- training for local users on identified problems and technologies used.
The project employed a cascade methodology with a series of macro-phases, each one including specific activities to reach the planned objectives and deliver the requested products on schedule.
The macro-phases of fundamental importance for the development of the project were:
- analysis of the current status, with a study of the situation before the project began and analysis of available data, software applications, hardware infrastructure and domain knowledge of users;
- design of the various project components, including the data model to structure the central database, analysis of the platform functional requirements, required software applications and the overall architecture, plus development of a user training program;
- implementation of the activities covered by the design project, including physical modelling of the database, input of data into the database, development, personalisation and installation of the platform. The final stage was roll-out of the planned training activities.
The main platform characteristics are as follows:
- Client/web server model, with a Geospatial Content Management System (Geo-CMS) structure, a geospatial information portal with management of content including documents (Doc, Pdf, etc.), spreadsheets (Excel), images, video, etc.
The system also manages the metadata catalogue on published data.
- Public access with individual and profiled credentials, to protect confidential information.
The platform provides standard GIS navigation functions: display of geospatial layers, thematic maps, alphanumeric attributes, searches, printing, etc.
- Creation and management of territorial reports concerning events to be monitored, such as unlawful tree felling, fires, etc. Report management operations are handled by authorised users.
- User of open source technology.
- Training with classroom theory lessons and practical exercises using real cases. The sessions were organised for specific roles: user, data administrator, system administrator.
The Honduras Instituto de Conservacion Forestal (ICF) had the support of GeneGIS GI, whose years of experience enabled it to offer:
- extensive knowledge of execution procedures for projects funded and managed by world organisations;
- international expertise in implementing open source geoportals for government agencies;
- specific metadata profile creation knowhow.