GIS day events

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International GIS day.

This event aligns with Esri’s International GIS initiative and events. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. “GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.”


GIS day at the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa.

The Directorate Spatial Information Management (SIM), within the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, is known to host an annual event called GIS Day.  The idea of a GIS day started in 2008 and has grown and changed within the last few years.


The reputation built up by this annual DFFE initiative is one of a high quality, well organized, fully enriching event.  The event is endorsed by Plato (GIS Professional Registration Body). Invited guests includes interested and affected persons from DFFE, GIS units from other Government Departments in South Africa, the DFFE Statutory Bodies (SANPARKS, SA Weather Services, Isimangaliso, Provincial and Local Environmental counterparts, parastatals and the GIS community in the private sector. Guests participates in carefully selected presentations related to a specific GIS theme.


Virtual GIS Day held on 15 November 2023


Celebrating the GISc Professional

Stuart Martin Esri SA
UN - Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (UNIGIF) in SA Context Maroale Chauke DALRRD
Geospatial Information and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Greg Scott UN-GGIM Secretariat
SDG Hub in South Africa for Geospatial Data Sediqa Khatieb SANBI
GIS-based technology response to an avian influenza outbreak in SA Dr Lauren Williams DFFE- Oceans & Coast



Virtual GIS Day held on 16 November 2022


District Development Model (DDM) From Excel to Survey123.

Deon Marais DFFE
DPME GeoInfo Applications. Helene DPME
Inspection of Business Premises by Environmental Health Professionals. Nwabisa Kakaza Mpumalanga
Giving Data a Voice. Marlanie Moodley and Rudolph de Munnik Dffe and EsriSA
The use of Geospatial Applications for Census 2022. Shonisani Maranda StatsSA



Virtual GIS Day Webinar held on 17 November 2021


Data Workflow for the Sustainable Development Goals

Sediqa Khatieb

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Developing a Spatial Risk Profile: Assessing Building Vulnerability to Extreme Coastal Inundation Hazard

Dr. Lauren Williams

CD: Oceans and Coastal Research

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Development of the Cumulative Impact Layer for Use in Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation Planning

Prideel Majiedt

SANBI Marine Research and Policy Advisor

Fisheries mapping and monitoring using GIS

– a researcher’s perspective

Tracey Fairweather

DFFE - Western Cape - Fisheries

Forest Mapping: GIS and RS for Forest Monitoring

-  a user’s perspective

Johan Bester

DFFE - Forestry Scientific Services

Monitoring the status and management of alien plant invasions using GIS

Andrew Wannenburgh

DFFE: Operational Support & Planning - Working for Water

Use of GIS in Ecosystem Accounting

Nokuthula Mahlangu

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)