GiC became the NZ Chapter for the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) in 2014. SCGIS is a non-profit organisation that assists conservationists worldwide in using GIS through communication, networking, scholarships, and training.
SCGIS offers an International Scholarship Program once a year for applicants from around the world. The scholarship is designed to allow conservation GIS practitioners to attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS Annual Conference held in California and to allow them to take specialised three-week GIS courses organised for the scholarship recipients before the conferences. These courses are provided jointly by SCGIS, Juniper GIS, Esri, and UC Davis.
GiC has been successful in helping four NZ Scholars over the past five years attend this training with help from Nga Whenua Rahui and the NZ Esri User Group who have helped to fund the associated travel costs for the scholars.
Successful applicants have included:
Sean Bragg, SCGIS scholar, 2018
Aaria Dobson-Waitere, SCGIS Scholar 2017, assisting with the 2016-2017 banded dotterel nesting monitoring program at the lakes foreshore near Eastbourne, Wellington.
Scott Bailey (left), SCGIS Scholar 2014, with GiC Chairman, Parker Jones
Markus Heke, SCGIS Scholar 2013, presenting at a GIS Conservation workshop in 2014.