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YILMA
Aster Denekew YILMA
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa
Geographic Information Officer, ACS- Geospatial Information Management System
Aster Denekew YILMA is a Geographic Information Officer working in the Geospatial Information Management System Section at the African Centre for Statistics. Ms. Yima joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 2010. Her area of expertise is in Geospatial Science and Technology, which includes GIS, Remote Sensing, Earth Observation and Space Technology. Before joining ECA, Ms. Yilma worked as GIS, IT and Database Expert in the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), an international research organization, where she had contributed to several research outputs. She also worked in the public sector as GIS Specialist and Computer Programmer in Environmental Protection Authority and as Senior Statistician in Ministry of Mines and Energy. Ms. Yilma has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of geospatial science and technology, earth observation and space technology. In her current capacity, she is involved in promoting the use of geospatial information and technologies in African countries to support decision and policy making for sustainable socio-economic development, environmental impacts and societal benefits. In this regard, she contributed in many areas such as the development of national spatial data infrastructure in African countries by providing technical assistance and policy support to Member States; contributing to the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM) initiative; integration of statistical and geospatial information; capacity development in African countries through capacity building and training workshops; development of space policy and strategy in Africa; and working in collaboration and providing assistance to regional and international organizations such as Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), African Regional Institute for Geospatial Science and Technology (AFRIGIST), EIS-Africa, African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association, Geospatial Media and Communication, Group on Earth Observation (GEO), and Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Ms. Yilma contributed in several professional and scientific papers as author and co-author. Some of her publications include: Volunteer Geographic Information in Africa; Spatially Enabled Africa; Spatial Characterization of the Nile Basin for Improved Water Management; Characterization and Atlas of the Blue Nile Basin and its Sub Basins; Water Resources and Irrigation Development in Ethiopia; and Ontology Based GeoPortals for Accessing Geospatial Data and Web Services. Ms. Yilma holds a Master of Science degree in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente Faculty of Geoinformation and Earth Observation, formerly named International Institute for Geoinformation and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands; Professional Masters degree in Geoinformation Science specializing in Geographic Information Systems from ITC, The Netherlands; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Areas of Expertise
Cartography, Climate Change Impacts, Data And Information Analysis And Mining, Data Integration, Data Management, Data Mining, Earth Sciences, Environment, Geography, Geospatial Analysis, Gis, Information & Communications Technology (ict), Information Management, Information Management Systems And Technology, Mineral And Energy Resources Management, Natural Resources And The Environment, Natural Resources Management, Research & Development, Science And Technology, Statistics, Sustainable Development

Education:

Bachelor's degree
Statistics
Addis Ababa University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics
Master's Degree
Geographic Information Science
International Institute for Geoinformation and Earth Observation
Professional Masters Degree in Geoinformaion Science, Specializing in Geographic Infomration Systems
Master's Degree
Geographic Information Science
International Institute for Geoinformation and Earth Observation
Master of Science Degree in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation

Language:

Amharic
English
French

Publication:

1. Guidelines for the Implementation of National Spatial Data Infrastructure in African Countries

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,

2020
2. Atlas of Poverty Indicators,

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,

2018
3. Geospatial Data Taxonomy for the Sustainable Development Goals for Africa,

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,

2020
4. Poverty and inequality maps of Africa, ESRI Online web mapping application/Online Story Maps,
2018
5. Volunteer Geographic Information in Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,
2017
6. Geospatial information for sustainable development in Africa: African Action Plan on Global Geospatial Information Management - 2016-2030, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,
2017
7. Global Sustainable Development Report 2015, United Nations Economic and Social Affairs,
2015
8. African Science, Technology and Innovation Review 2013, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,
2014
9. Spatially Enabled Africa, Proceedings of Global Geospatial Conference,
2013
10. Economics of Selected Water Control Technologies, and their Successful Use: The Case of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Science,
2013
11. Spatial Characterization of the Nile Basin for Improved Water Management, Book Chapter in The Nile River Basin: Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihood, International Water Management Institute ,
2012
12. Agricultural water management and poverty in Ethiopia, Agricultural Economics 43(Issue Supplement S1),
2012
13. Soil fertility effect on water productivity of maize in the Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia, Agricultural Sciences (Vol. 2, No.3, 238-247),
2011
14. Characterization and productivity assessment of the farming systems in the Upper Nile Basin, Book of Abstracts, International Conference on Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Development (ECOCASD),
2011
15. The political economy of irrigation in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, Book of Abstracts, International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), 13th IASC Biennial International Conference on Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future,
2011
16. Improved water and land management in the Ethiopian highlands and its impact on downstream stakeholders dependent on the Blue Nile, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food Project Report series,
2010
17. Impacts of improving water management of smallholder agriculture in the Upper Blue Nile Basin, International Water Management Institute,
2009
18. Characterization and Atlas of the Blue Nile Basin and its Sub Basins, International Water Management Institute,
2009
19. Poverty impacts of agricultural water management technologies in Ethiopia, Proceedings of the Second Forum on Irrigation and water for sustainable development,
2008
21. Impact of Irrigation on Poverty and Environment in Ethiopia, Proceedings of Impact of Irrigation for Poverty and Environment Symposium,
2007
22. Status Quo Analysis, Characterization and Assessment of Performance of Irrigation in Ethiopia, In Proceedings of Impact of Irrigation for Poverty and Environment Symposium,
2007
23. Performance of Irrigated Agriculture in Ethiopia as Compared to the Rainfed System, In Proceedings of Impact of Irrigation for Poverty and Environment Symposium,
2007
24. Harnessing Rural-Urban-Linkage(RUL) to Reduce Poverty & Improve Environment in Highland of Ethiopia, Proceedings of Planning workshop on RUL, Fostering New Development Pathways in Ethiopia; Global Mountain Program,
2007
25. Ontology Based GeoPortals for Accessing Geospatial Data and Web Services, International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Science Degree),
2006
26. Creating Spatial Database for Mineral Development Activities in Ethiopia & Accessing through the Web, International Institute for Geoinformation and Earth Observation (in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Professional Master degree),
2001
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