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Visioterra Training VtPace in Sri-Lanka

Training session on integrating GIS and remote sensing data into Web portals

Presentation of PACe

Project coordinator : Annukka PEKARINEN

The main issues PACe project is responding to is the lack of knowledge concerning the cetacean populations of the world and specifically the lack of spatial data for ecosystem based management initiatives. The movements and status of regional and seasonal populations and the factors that direct the population distribution in Sri Lankan waters are largely unknown. A few scientific visual surveys have been undertaken in Sri Lanka during last ten years but comprehensive mapping of whale populations in this area is missing.


To produce basic data on cetacean populations to improve knowledge on cetacean biodiversity, abundance and important habitats, to be used for management purposes.
In addition to regular scientific reports and articles, spatial data on cetacean populations and their important habitats is produced and distributed among general public and professionals in ocean management.
Management procedures suitable for the study area will also be proposed.

Project timeline

  • 03.12.2013 – Kick-off meeting in University of Ruhuna.
  • March 2014 to May 2016 – Field works (passive acoustic monitoring, visual survey and oceanography works).
  • 07.11.2014 – 1st steering committee in VisioTerra, Champs-sur-Marne, France.
  • 26.11.2015 – 2nd steering committee in WMU, Malmö, Sweden
  • 13.01.2017 – Final steering committee in WMU, Malmö, Sweden
  • 02-06.10.2017 – Training VtPace – Extension until end 2017.

Presentation of VtPace portal

VtPace ( derives from VtWeb (

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