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The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

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Connecting Space to Village in West Africa
A new project, SERVIR-West Africa, will use space-based climate, weather land cover, and other NASA satellite data to address issues such as food security and the availability of fresh water in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Niger.

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Environmental Peacebuilding Training for Executives from Colombia

Participants in a one-week intensive executive training program in environmental peacebuilding pose for a photo.

Fifteen professionals, most from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogatá, Colombia, participated in a week-long intensive executive training program in environmental peacebuilding September 26–30 at Columbia University. Designed by CIESIN and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), the program prepares mid-level managers to understand the dynamic connections between environment and security, and equip them with the tools for managing the risks. Classes were held on topics ranging from environment-peace-security linkages and theory of conflict resolution for environmental peacebuilding, to assessment methodologies, data collection and visualization tools, and related communications issues. Faculty from CIESIN included Marc Levy, CIESIN deputy director; Minal Patel, program manager; and Carolyn Hayek, research intern. Instructors from AC4 were Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Josh Fisher.

The participants were exposed to a dynamic learning environment that drew on theory, case studies, guest lectures, simulations, hands-on exercises, and technical training. During the first part of the week, classes were held at Columbia’s Morningside campus and included field visits to the International Peace Institute, the NYC Emergency Management, and the Data-Pop Alliance. The fifth day took place at the Lamont campus in Palisades, New York, and featured a presentation on climate vulnerability mapping, and hands-on training in geographic information systems (GIS), by CIESIN associate directors Greg Yetman and Alex de Sherbinin.

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