In March WRT developed a 2-day Introduction to GIS for CaBA Training Course (30 trainees), a 2-day Advanced GIS for CaBA Course (35 trainees) and a 1-day Data to Information for CaBA Workshop (40+ delegates), which ran consecutively from 31st March to 4th April 2014 at the University of Reading.
The courses and workshop were designed to promote best practice in the use of GIS, spatial data and evidence across the CaBA community. The GIS training courses were completely re-developed on the CaBA Data Package for the Test & Itchen Catchment, which gave several trainees (Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust are hosting this catchment) a real advantage when it came to using GIS for their catchment planning when they returned to work.
More information can be found at: http://ecospatial.info/?page_id=155 (Courses) and http://catchmentbasedapproach.org/best-practice/data/data-information-workshop (Workshop).
Feedback on the courses was extremely positive with 100% of respondents (n=30) rating them as excellent (69%) or good overall. There was also considerable demand (76% of respondents) for further CaBA GIS training later in 2014.