Training workshop in Bolivia


From 11 to 14 on June 2019 a Seminar and technical training workshop on Earth Observation for Space Planning and Sustainable Water Management was held at the Bolivian Catholic University of Saint Paul, Cochabamba, Bolivia. More than 25 people from Bolivia and Uruguay participated. Bolivian in attendance were the Bolivian Space Agency, Water and environment Ministery - MI RIEGO, Centre of Survey and Aerospatiale GIS applications - Higher University of San Simón (CLAS-UMSS), National Electricity Company (ENDE), Cochabamba Departmental Government, Institute of Hydraulics and Hydrology – Higher University of San Andrés (IHH - UMSA), Physics department of Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivian Catholic University (UCB), Hydraulic laboratory - Higher University of San Simón (LHUMSS) and Oruro Departmental Government. Uruguayan in attendance were Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment and EIA environment consultant.

The Seminar and technical training was an activity of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) project by the European Space Agency (ESA) on water resources management to support the development of the required human, technical and institutional capacity to empower the ability to utilize the Earth Observation data and services in an independent and sustainable manner. The objective was twofold: [i] Increase the competency of decision-makers in understanding the wider context of different satellite systems to support their operational responsibilities and provide hands-on experience for participant to retrieve, [ii] Analyse and integrate EO based information as support for project identification, monitoring, and evaluation.

The participants, led by the University of Twente, attend lectures on Sentinel 1, 2 and 3 families of missions applied to water resources management in radar, optical and thermal infrared domains, to attend inland water reservoirs catalogue, natural rivers basin analysis, water risk assessment, and inland water quality monitoring, by using ESA open source processing software. Besides, led by Starlab Barcelona S.L., theoretical and practical sessions on Service Providers EO4SD - water products with Land-Cover Land-Use products (by Starlab Barcelona S.L.), Irrigated vs non irrigated crop mapping (by SATELLIGENCE) and evapotranspiration and dry matter of natural vegetation and crops (by eLEAF).

The participants’ feedback pointed out the satisfaction with the activity and the improvement on their skills to process and derive information thanks to ESA Sentinel platforms and services. Additionally, most of the attenders submitted a project proposal on the seminar topics to be developed in the following weeks with the assistance of Earth Observation experts involved on the project.