What information do we have in house? Where is it stored? How can we retrieve it? What is the quality of the information? Who manages the information archives? Can the information be used freely? ….

Decision making related to sustainable development and its various aspects, needs a well-organized base of updated, complete and reliable data and information on the environment, biodiversity, ecology, socio-economy and related subjects. Establishing and maintaining such a base is an often underestimated effort requiring considerable manpower and resources. The lack of such a base could seriously compromise planning and policy development related to sustainable development, environment and ecology, as well as related to the preparations for the impacts of climate change.

GO opleidingen

On the basis of GO’s experience in the Netherlands as well as in other countries, and in collaboration with P. Geerders Consultancy, we proudly present our capacity building initiative “Information for Sustainable Development”. This initiative aims at organizing capacity building events, intended to present a set of proven procedures for the institutional management of data and information, and to assist with their implementation, with the ultimate aim of strengthening and harmonizing the data and information base for sustainable development in the world.


The capacity building is expected to have the following results:

  • Participants understand the basics of institutional information management
  • Identification of the data and information flows, in relation to the main processes of the organization
  • First draft of an inventory of relevant information sources
  • Proposal for an institutional data and information policy



Subjects to be included in the capacity building events:

  • key role of information
  • information for processes
  • sources of information
  • quality aspects
  • document information versus geo-information
  • measurements and observations
  • digital versus analogue information
  • backup issues
  • costs, property rights, copyrights
  • archive security and protection
  • institutional information policy
  • preventing loss of information
  • long term information management
  • value of data and information
  • standardization, including terminology
  • procedures for information management
  • role of ICT (software, hardware)
  • the human factor: the users


A capacity building event can be followed up by a period of consultancy services, both on the spot and via Internet. This element aims to assist the participants with implementing in their daily practice the principles and concepts presented during the capacity building. Upon requirement of the participants, additional training events can be planned, focusing on one or several specific subjects, either on the spot or via Internet.

We are planning to organize several introductory capacity building events in the region. In the Annex you will find an example of such a one week event covering all essential aspects of information management.

If you are interested in attending one of our capacity building events, please let us know via info@goopleidingen.nl


Example of a one week introductory capacity building event on information management

Day 1

  • Morning
    • Opening
    • Introduction of participants and teachers
    • Role of information
    • Information for processes
    • The human factor: the users
  • Afternoon
    • Practical work, presentation of results and discussions

Day 2

  • Morning
    • Sources of information
    • Document information versus geo-information
    • Measurements and observations
    • Digital versus analogue information
  • Afternoon
    • Practical work, presentation of results and discussions

Day 3

  • Morning
    • Quality aspects
    • Standardization, including terminology
    • Value of data and information
    • Costs, property rights, copyrights
  • Afternoon
    • Practical work, presentation of results and discussions

Day 4

  • Morning
    • Preventing loss of information: durability
    • Backup issues
    • Long term information management
  • Afternoon
    • Practical work, presentation of results and discussions

Day 5

  • Morning
    • Role of ICT (software, hardware)
    • Procedures for information management
    • Institutional data and information policy
  • Afternoon
    • Final discussion
    • Evaluation
    • Closure


The participation fee for this event amounts to  € 1000,00 per person, to be paid in advance. The fee includes:

  • Welcome drinks (evening before day 1)
  • Tea/coffee/soft drinks during the morning/afternoon sessions
  • Lunch
  • Farewell dinner
  • All materials presented during the event in digital form (CD/DVD)

The event will be organized with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 25 participants.