Comprehensive Training to Increase Efficiency of Rice Production in the Mekong Sub-region

International Training Course on

Comprehensive Training to Increase Efficiencyof Rice Production in the Mekong Sub-region

 

Background and Rationale

More than 20 percent of the Mekong population still live below the poverty line, and 15 percent are undernourished. Agriculture sector has always played an important role in nourishing approximately 60 percent of the population in the Mekong River Basin, providing them with food security and economic opportunity. While a direct correlation between increasing agricultural yields and poverty reduction exists, regional efforts and new projects that enhance agricultural sector in Mekong region are needed to maintain quality of life and bring more people above the poverty line. As rice in the staple food in all Mekong countries, creating a project that involves collaboration between CLMVT countries and development partners will greatly increase the efficiency of rice production in Mekong countries and bring about sustainability and stability to the people and the region.

The Mekong Region is experiencing a total transformation of its social, economic and natural environment. Exceptional advances have been made in reducing poverty, in expanding infrastructure networks, in trade and commerce and in improving the quality of life in many of the region’s diverse communities and cultures. That progress has come at a substantial cost with long-term implications for its sustainability. Much development is proceeding without adequate knowledge of its impacts. Nevertheless, the information available to decision-makers has been insufficient to avoid and mitigate unplanned and unwanted social and ecological effects.

In addition, different industrial environment and technical knowhow in each country in the Mekong Region makes it difficult for them to cooperate. Therefore, we are of the view that if they obtain the right supports, the development of rice industry would speed up and benefit to all stakeholders involved. Apart from that, the Republic of Korea (ROK) shares the common level of rice consumption with the Mekong region, therefore countries in Mekong region should have the opportunities to exchange technical knowledge, development of rice production, with technical assistant from the ROK experts. The cooperation under Mekong-ROK and with

Thailand as a counterpart will improve agricultural and rice mill entrepreneur development in the Mekong region.

Advances in geospatial technology can greatly improve the shape and quality of development so that it is planned and assessed with more complete understanding of costs and benefits. Information and expert analysis can now be delivered at ever increasing spatial and temporal resolutions, with greater accuracy and influential ways which explore trade-offs and options in meeting development goals. It enables trends and lessons from the past to feed projections of future scenarios in way which are firmly based on the best scientific evidence.

Objectives

  1. To develop a cooperation network on efficiency rice production, rice production planning between the Mekong countries and ROK
  2. To Enhance knowledge, information and experience on green productivity in rice mill factory technology
  3. To build capacity in rice crop monitoring assessment and preparedness planning in Southeast Asia

Qualification for Participants

The participants should meet the following qualifications;

  1. Participants must be government officials, scientists, or technicians from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, who are under the age of 45.
  2. Young scientists and professionals who are working in the field of rice and agriculture

with minimum one year’s professional experience are fully encouraged.

  1. A background of geo-informatics, satellite-based information, or agriculture management is an advantage.
  2. Having good command of English (the course will be conducted in English).
  3. Be in good health, physically and mentally, fit to attend an intensive field training. Candidates with limited mobility will not be accepted.
  4. Participants must strictly attend the 5-week training course. Not to bring family members to the training course in principle; if bringing a family member, the participant has to pay extra expenses.
  5. Be nominated by their respective Governments or authorized by his/her Department to

participate in the training.

  1. Each country may nominate up to four (4) nominees for the course.

 

Venue

The training course will be organized in Thailand on 6th February – 12th March 2017 and Field trip in ROK on 13th – 17th March 2017

Duration

The training course, consisting of lectures, discussions, workshops, field visits and presentation, will last for 40 Days.

Application Procedure

  1. The applicants should submit the duly-filled application form no later than 31 January 2017 to the Royal Thai Embassy, or Consular Representative in their countries, and send the electronic file (scanned file) directly to Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand via MRCFthailand@gmail.

 

Contacts

Mrs. AmornratIntrman

Agronomist, Senior Professional level

amonrat.i@rice.mail.go.th

Tel. +668 1659 5006

NFI Contact Person:

Ms. SupapornRitthisak

Tel. +669 9229 9295

supaporn@nfi.or.th

GISTDA Contact Person:

Dr. PreesanRakwatin

Researcher

Tel. +662 141 4568

preesan@gistda.or.th

Department of International Economic Affairs Contact Person (registration inquiries):

Ms. AimatchaSomsaman

Third Secretary

Tel. +662 203 5000 (ext.14155)

MRCFthailand@gmail.

 

Organizers

Thailand Rice Department (RD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

National Food Institute (NFI), Ministry of Industry,

Ministry of Science and Technology : MOST

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) : GISTDA

Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Sponsored

Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund

CU-GISTDA Fieldwork on Big Data for Disaster Management

  

CU-GISTDA Fieldwork on Big Data for Disaster Management
February 17th – 20th, 2017 at Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI),
Space Renovation Park (SKP),Sriracha, Chonburi, THAILAND

In today’s digital age, the role of big data has become increasingly important in many aspects of life. One notable area is the use of big data to help prevent andmitigate the effects of natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami, and drought, and flooding.In the CU-GISTDA fieldwork, participants will be challenged with various learning activities designed to guide themthroughthelife-cycle of big data, from understanding data, data collection, data pre-processing, data analysis, to data visualization. They will learn how big data differs from traditional data in terms of its complexity and treatment, and get to experience first-hand how big data is used to manage flooding risk, which is the most frequent natural disaster in Thailand.

 

Objectives

  • To introduceparticipantstothe life-cycle of big data
  • To provide participants with hand-on experience on using traditional data/big data for managing flooding disaster

 

Participants

The EBA member institutes in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines shall nominate a total of 20 participants for the fieldwork. The content of the fieldwork has been designed to be easily understood by participants without science background. Thus, there is no prerequisite to attend this fieldwork.

 

WHEN and WHERE will the training sessions be held?

Date: Friday, 17th  – Monday, 20th  January 2017
Duration: 4 days
Place: Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI), Space Krenovation Park (SKP),
Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand.
Location: 13.102001 N,100.928833 E

 

 

Organizers

  

University Consortium for Evidence Based Approach to the Emergent Issues in Asia (EBA)

KEIO UNIVERSITY (JAPAN)

CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY (THAILAND)

Ministry of Science and Technology : MOST

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) : GISTDA

 

Next generation regional satellites and modelling techniques for integrated water management

 

THE NETHERLANDS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES (NFP)

Tailor-Made Training programme

Next generation regional satellites and modelling techniques for integrated water management

Department of Remote Sensing, Mandalay Technological University, Myanmar

INTRODUCTION

The NFP-Tailor Made Training (TMT) programme is meant to enhance the overall functioning of an organisation by training a selected group of its staff members. A tailor-made training is designed to meet specific needs identified by the requesting organisation. The TMT programme is open to a broad range of organisations ranging from educational institutions, research institutes, ministries and non-governmental organisations to small and medium-sized enterprises. The requesting organisation should not be a NICHE project partner.

Visit www.nuffic.nl/tmtfor the application and selection procedures, a complete overview of the criteria and more general information. For country-specific information, check the website of the Dutch embassy or consulate foryour country.

 

PURPOSE

This form should be used for a joint proposal completed by the requesting organisation together with the Dutch provider.

The maximum subsidy from the NFP-TMT budget is € 75,000 per proposal. However, the total budget of the training can be higher if an own contribution of the Dutch provider or from another organisation is added.

The proposal should describe the current constraints the requesting organisation faces in achieving its goals and explain what tailor-made training intervention is needed to attempt to solve these constraints. Next to this, the proposal should clearly outline what the Dutch provider has to offer, how the objectives and results formulated by the requesting organisation will be achieved, and what inputs will be required for a successful training course.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Answer the questions clearly and completely in English and typewritten
  • The use of this format is compulsory
  • The proposal should be submitted by email to the Netherlands embassy or consulate representing your country before the deadline indicated on their website. Proposals should not be sent directly to EP-Nuffic.

 

DATE

Training 1 starts on 10 Oct 2016 and training 2 on 24  Apr 2017

Training 1 ends on 14 Oct 2016,  and training 2 ends on 5 May 2017

 

PARTICIPANTS

Envisaged number of male participants :  5  participants in the first training course, 10  in the second the training course

Envisaged number of female participants : 5  participants in the first training course,10  in the second training course

 

ORGANIZER

New_logo_ITC                      gistda            AS-267481577394210@1440783985817_l

University of Twente, The Netherlands : ITC

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) : GISTDA

Department of Remote Sensing, Mandalay Technological University, Myanmar

SPONSOR

ep-nuffic

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education

 

CONTACT 

Dr. Dhruba Pikha Shrestha

Asst. Professor in Land Degradation Studies

Department of Earth Systems Analysis, Faculty ITC

University of Twente

Tel.: +31 (0)53 4874 264

E-mail: d.b.p.shrestha@utwente.nl

 

Dr. Tanita Suepa

Chief of Instructional Media and Curriculum Development Division

Technology Transfer and Knowledge Development Office

Geo-information and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)

196 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900,
THAILAND

Tel.: +66 2 5614504-5 #431

tanita@gistda.or.th

 

FULL PROPOSAL : TMT Myanmar MTU-ITC-GISTDA proposal

 

Building Efficiency of Utilization of Satellite- Based Information during Emergency Response for CLMV Countries

 

International Training Course on

Building Efficiency of Utilization of Satellite- Based Information

 during Emergency Response for CLMV Countries

30th August – 2nd September 2016

Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI), Space Krenovation Park,

Sri Racha, Thailand

Background and Objectives

As exposure and vulnerability to extreme events in Southeast Asian continue to increase, there is an urgent need to integrate satellite-based information and other data for disaster preparedness and management in Southeast Asia. Additionally, these countries lack sufficient strategies to plan, assess, prevent or mitigate the effects of extreme events based on geo-informatics  and satellite information application.

The satellite-based information plays an important role in disaster monitoring and it is proven to be an efficient tool for reducing the disaster impact. To build disaster resilience in the regions needs such advanced technology with low cost and high quality data, as well as human capability building to enhance disaster management.

 

Objectives

This course will provide a unique opportunity to have knowledge of satellite-based information application and strengthen international cooperation on disaster management  for CLMV countries.

 

Organizers

sci                             gistda                            scgi

Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics : SCGI

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) : GISTDA

Ministry of Science and Technology : MOST

 

Date & Place

Date: Tuesday, 30th August – Friday, 2nd  September 2016

Duration: 4 days

Place: Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI), Space Krenovation Park (SKP),

Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand.

Location: 13.102001 N,100.928833 E

 

Expected Participants from CLMV countries

This training course is open to young scientists and professionals who are working in a variety of disaster management disciplines and who wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Conditions: early- and mid-career scientists, and policy makers from CLMV countries with background of geo-informatics. Satellite-based information or disaster management is  advantage but skills of fluent English communication are required.

 

Lecturer

The lecturers will be composed of well-known experts on earth observation for disaster management from GISTDA and relevant organizations.

 

Scholarship

GISTDA are pleased to offer scholarships to assist participation in the upcoming course being held in Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand on 30th August – 2nd September 2016. We encourage national and international researchers and scientists to apply. However, scholarships available to support participants in this training course are limited. The scholarship will cover the following expenses:

  • Registration fee
  • Lecture materials
  • All meals and break refreshment
  • Accommodation (Check in : 29th August 2016, Check out : 3rd September 2016)
  • International transportation fee not exceed 12,000 baht (340 USD)

Not covered the life and health insurance.

*** Scholarship is available to selected participants on competitive bases.***

 

Applicants are requested to submit

(1) Completed application form

Application form can be accessed at http://scgi.gistda.or.th/CLMV

(application_form_CLMV)

(2) One page statement indicating future research and benefit from attendance at this  course.

(3) One page short curriculum vitae

  • Include competence in basic sciences (e.g. grades in classes or exams, names of degree, department, university, etc.)
  • Indicate your working experience
  • Indicate experience of remote sensing and disaster management

(4) One letter of recommendation: e.g. from your supervisor, head of department or head of organization who knows well your work ( Letter recommendation form_ CLMV ).

The deadline of the application is no later than 15 July 2016.

The selection committee will examine the applications and notify the applicants of the decisions before 31 July 2016 on http://scgi.gistda.or.th/CLMV. The invitation letter will be sent to the selected applicants for visa formalities at the same time.

Applicants can submit all documents on-line at http://scgi.gistda.or.th/CLMV

If applicants would like to send your application by e-mail, please submit all documents to the Course Secretariat:

Dr. Tanita Suepa at tanita@gistda.or.th

Ms. Natnaphat  Subtaweepollert at natnaphat@gistda.or.th

Only complete applications, with all the requested information, will be considered.

 

Contact

Dr. Tanita Suepa at tanita@gistda.or.th

Ms. Natnaphat  Subtaweepollert at natnaphat@gistda.or.th

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization)

196 Phahonyotin Road, Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, THAILAND

Tel: +66 (0)2 – 561 – 4504 – 5 Ext 431

Fax: +66 (0)2 – 561 – 4503

The 1st GISTDA SPACE CAMP

The 1st GISTDA SPACE CAMP

2 – 6 May 2016

Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics

Space Krenovation Park, Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand

Introduction :

          The 1st GISTDA SPACE CAMP to be held in Space Krenovation Park from 2 – 6 May 2016. Nowadays, Space Technologies play an important role in our daily live but the opportunity of learning Space Technology for the youth in Thailand is still difficult to access the device. Therefore, Space Inspirium was established as a place of inspiration to the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology for Thailand’s youth.  It can be said that this is a new era of learning space technology in Thailand. In order to further promote and encourage the usage of Space Technology and Geo-informatics to resolve the problem, GISTDA determined to held the GISTDA SPACE CAMP#1 during 2 – 6 May 2016. The main purpose is to provide opportunities for youth to learn and understand the process of Geo-informatics and Space Technology by specialized lecturer.

 

Objective :

  1. To improve the knowledge and understanding of Space Technology and application including the role of THEOS on the exploration and protection of natural resources.
  2. To encourage the youth to use their free time wisely and learn to work as a team with the selfless and generous to others.
  3. To achieve the idea in the creation of space technology innovation and can be adapted in education and environmental issues in their own communities.

 

Target :

30 persons  (12-14 years old)

 

Period :

5 days  (2 – 6 May 2016)

 

Location :

          Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics, Space Krenovation Park, Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand

 

Lecturer :

Lecturers from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency. (Public Organization) or GISTDA.

 

Registration fee :

4,500 Baht

 

Organizers :

Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)

GISTDA is a Thai space research organization. It is responsible for remote sensing and technology development satellites.   In order to enhance the utilization in remote sensing and GIS, GISTDA was established on November 3, 2000 as a public organization which assumes all responsibilities and activities for space technology and geo-informatics applications.

Website : www.gistda.or.th

 

Contact :

Knowledge Development and Outreach Office

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency

Tel: 0 2561 4504-5 to 421, and 08 422 1752 5121.

Fax: 0 2561 4503

E-mail: training@gistda.or.th

Website:   http://learn.gistda.or.th/

The 25th Landsat Technical Working Group International Conference

The 25th Landsat Technical Working Group International Conference
6 – 10 June 2016 Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics
Space Krenovation Park, Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand

Introduction :

The 25th meeting of the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#25) to be held in Sri Racha, Thailand from 6-10 June 2016. The meeting will include several briefings on the Landsat 8 mission, including focused session for on-orbit performance as well as ground system operations. Additionally, updates on the still operational Landsat 7 mission and future mission plans, including Landsat9, will be provided. The meeting will also present the progress of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) initiative, the Ground Control Point (GCP) improvement plan, the Landsat Product Roadmap, and the Landsat Collection Management and Data Versioning plan. Technical collaboration special topics including Real Time Applications and Architectures Enabling Analysis Ready Data (ARD) will also be discussed. Landsat staff will be available during the meeting as well as during a Question and Answer (Q&A) session to answer any question of all participants. This meeting will provide a tremendous opportunity for participants to meet with the USGS Landsat staff as well as to collaborate with the rest of the Landsat International Cooperator Network.

Objective :

  • To updates on the operational Landsat 7-9 mission and future mission plans
  • To meet and ask insightful questions with the USGS Landsat staff as well as to collaborate with the rest of the Landsat International Cooperator Network
  • To follow the progress of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) initiative and so on

Locations :

Space Krenovation Park (SKP), Sriracha, Chonburi

Schedule : Download

Organizers :
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Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)

GISTDA is a Thai space research organization. It is responsible for remote sensing and technology development satellites.  In order to enhance the utilization in remote sensing and GIS, GISTDA was established on November 3, 2000 as a public organization which assumes all responsibilities and activities for space technology and geo-informatics applications.
Website : www.gistda.or.th

The United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

Website : http://www.usgs.gov/

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT)

SGT was founded in 1994 by Harold Stinger and Dr. Kam Ghaffarian. SGT is headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland with locations throughout the country. SGT provides award-winning, high-value engineering, mission operations, scientific, and IT service solutions to a wide array of federal government agencies nationwide with the focus on commitment to integrity, customers and employees

Website : http://www.sgt-inc.com/

contacts

Steve Labahn, USGS
E-mail : labahn@usgs.gov
Tel :    +1(605) 594-2701 (office)
+1(605) 553-6538 (mobile)

Boonchoob  Boongthong, GISTDA    
E-mail : boonchoob@gistda.or.th
Tel :    +66 3304 6313 (office)
+66 81 732 6748 (mobile)

Sararak Tanarat, GISTDA
E-mail : sararak@gistda.or.th
Tel :    +66 3304 6300 (office)
+66 62 463 5566 (mobile)

Jerad Shaw, SGT
E-mail : jshaw@usgs.gov
Tel :    +1(605) 594-6944 (office)
+1(605) 261-4034 (mobile)

Laura Nemec, SGT
E-mail : laura.nemec.ctr@usgs.gov
Tel :    +1(605) 594-6169 (office)
+1(605) 212-1253 (mobile)

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THAILAND FIELDWORK 2016

         

 

Overview: In today’s digital age, the role of big data has become increasingly important in many aspects of life. One notable area is the use of big data to help prevent and mitigate the effects of natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami, and drought, and flooding. In the CU-GISTDA* fieldwork, participants will be challenged with various learning activities designed to guide them through the life-cycle of big data, from understanding data, data collection, data pre-processing, data analysis, to data visualization. They will learn how big data differs from traditional data in terms of its complexity and treatment, and get to experience first-hand how big data is used to manage flooding risk, which is the most frequent natural disaster in Thailand.

*About CU-GISTDA: The Space Krenovation Park or SKP is one of the latest facilities of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) located in Sriracha, Chonburi Province.  It has been created to enhance Thailand’s capability in the research and development of space-related technology, as well as to support the actual realization of industrial products based on the innovative research ideas.  Hence, the name “Krenovation” comes from the combination of three words: knowledge, creation, and innovation. The park houses many facilities including the Thaichote Ground Control Station and the GIS training center.

In addition, during the fieldwork, students will also learn

  • Overview of disaster management using GIS technology
  • Types of disaster, and types of data needed for managing each type of disaster
  • Data collection methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Data importing (pre-processing) methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Data analysis methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Big data approach
  • Introduction to Thai language and culture

Objectives

  •  To introduce participants to the life-cycle of big data
  • To provide participants with hand-on experience on using traditional data/big data for managing flooding disaster

Outcomes: At the end of the fieldwork, the participants should be able to answer these questions:

  1. What is big data?
  2. How is big data different from traditional data in the following aspects:
    1. Collection
    2. Pre-processing
    3. Analysis
    4. Visualisation
    5. What role does big data play in our everyday life?

Locations: The fieldwork will take place on main 2 locations.

  • Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • Space Krenovation Park (SKP), Sriracha, Chonburi (See Item A, Section IV)

Participants will also visit the Coastal Radar Station in Bang Saen, Chonburi for technical tour and field activity.

Schedule: The fieldwork will take place from January 8, 2016 to January 17, 2016. The overall schedule is shown in the Table.

Table 1  Overall schedule of the CU-GISTDA Big Data fieldwork (Tentative)

Date

9:00-10:30

10:30-12:00

12:00-13:00

13:00-14:30

14:30-16:00

8-Jan-16

Travel to Chulalongkorn

9-Jan-16

EBA provided courses

Lunch

EBA provided courses

10-Jan-16

Thai Language & Culture

Lunch

Intro to Fieldwork

11-Jan-16

Travel to GISTDA

Lunch

GISTDA Activity

12-Jan-16

GISTDA Activity

Lunch

GISTDA Activity

13-Jan-16

GISTDA Activity

Lunch

GISTDA Activity

14-Jan-16

GISTDA Activity

Lunch

Travel back to CU

15-Jan-16

Presentation Preparation

Lunch

Presentation Preparation

16-Jan-16

Presentation

Lunch

Wrap-up

17-Jan-16

Travel back home

 

How to apply: (for Keio students)
Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for the program.
All you have to do is:

  • Fill out APPLICATION FORM (from: http://goo.gl/vmX1TK) in English
  • Write an 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese)

Then submit these two materials to eba-submit@ml.keio.jp with subject: “Thailand Fieldwork Application- Your Name”. The deadline is 23:59 JST, Monday, 16 November 2015. Screening result will be announced in the following week.
Costs:
Keio students should pay the airplane ticket fee (to/from Bangkok) on your own. However, the good news for Japanese students is if selected, you are also eligible to apply for JASSO scholarship (70,000 JPY) which should help cover part of your Fieldwork related expenses.

In addition to the airplane ticket fee, EBA committee will collect a participation fee. For now, the participation fee has not been decided yet as the preparation work is still undergoing. However, it should be around 30,000〜50,000 JPY (including accommodation, local transportation, part of the food costs, and other services during the trip).
Submission Deadline:
23:59 JST, Monday, 16 November 2015
Notes:
JASSO scholarship is only for Japanese citizen(日本国籍の学生のみ申請可能). If you are planning to apply for JASSO scholarship, you are also required to submit a student report(成績表). For further information, please refer to the following URL (P.8〜11)http://www.jasso.go.jp/scholarship/documents/h27tanki_h_tebiki.pdf
Contact:
For more information, please contact us via email at eba-ra-group@keio.jp