Database & Information Unit (DBIU)

Background

An organized database with relevant information to natural resource management was needed within the context of the Badia Restoration Program (BRP) to store, compile, retrieve and analyze data to provide information for the different users and decision makers. By definition, database is a structured collection of records or data that is stored in a computer system. Currently, the scattered data and information among the different institutions and discrepancies in some are two major problems that restrict the utilization of data by the BRP and the projects implementing agencies. Therefore, the PMU initiated this important project to organize the national efforts and to manage data and information gathered from the different implementing institutions. The database and information unit (DBIU) utilized the spatial information technology together with conventional techniques, to enable the up scaling of the BRP activities. The DBIU is also serving as the base for monitoring and evaluation process and, moreover it is a tool to provide decision makers and stakeholders with information and data analysis needed for future strategic planning for development activities in the Badia. The justifications for the establishment of the database and information unit were: 

  • Lack of sound database for development planning and/or inaccuracy or non-comprehensiveness of the available data.
  • Scattering of data among different institutions.
  • Poor coordination among concerned institutions and stakeholders.
  • Lack of quantitative information on the extent and spatial distribution of rangeland degradation.
  • Possibility of increasing productivity of mapped areas with high potential for restoration.
  • The need for baseline data for future monitoring of the Badia ecosystems.
  • The need to establish the Desertification Information System (DIS), which was proposed by the country's NAP in 2006.
  • The DBIU was involved in organizing and collection of data during baseline surveys and Community Action Plans (CAPs). At present, the DBIU is the hub for all required information which will facilitate the implementation of future developmental interventions in the Jordan Badia and the development of the master plan and strategies for Jordan Badia development.

 Responsibilities of the DBIU:

  • Setup standard formats and protocols to collect data from the implementing institutions.
  • Training and capacity building of the implementing institutions on the use of the standard format of the data.
  • Organize and analyze data and information to facilitate its utilization in decision-making and sustainable resource utilization.
  • Improve follow-up and efficiency, save time, efforts and costs, and improve data quality.

Outputs from DBIU:

  • Basemaps and GIS layers for the targeted areas of the BRP using available layers and new ones.
  • Updated maps and data.
  • A well establish geo-referenced data for monitoring the rangelands of the Badia.
  • Periodical reports of monitoring and evaluation phase.

Maps of Targeted Areas:

 

1-Amaish

 

 2 - Aranbeh

3 - Bandan

4 - Burqu

5 - Qasab

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