The German Partner Consortium, consist of one research institute and three companies all with extensive experience relevant to the field of their contribution. The Kazakh Partner Consortium, consist of one research institute and two stackholders.
The DFD of DLR is part of the Earth Observation Center (EOC), which is the centre of competence for earth observation in Germany and employs about 415 staff members at three locations. The team “Land Surface Dynamics” of DFD of DLR consists of 15 researchers and has a strong background in environmental monitoring. Competences include the timely derivation of environmental products relevant for planning and prediction such as: derivation of detailed land cover and land use maps, agricultural-, natural vegetation- and wetland habitat mapping, high resolution timely derivation of flooded areas, analyses of long year Earth observation time series; e.g. for the analyses of changes in temperature patterns, linkage of the contained information with geo-environmental questions and derivation of recommendations for action, remote sensing algorithm design. The team “Land Surface Dynamics” has several years experience in working in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan and published numerous publications relevant to the field. Scientists of the team have gained more than 10 years expertise in BMBF funded projects (e.g. WISDOM I+II, DELIGHT), experience in working in Central Asia and Kazakhstan (e.g. CAWa, KASUS), and in coordination of large international project consortia.
The company is located at six locations in Baden-Wurttemberg, headquartered in Mosbach. It currently employs 40 professionals in the field of surveying and geographic information services. The core competences are classical surveying (cadastral, engineering and construction surveying), construction and maintenance of geographic information systems and the development of mobile GIS. The company already deals with GIS services since the beginning of GIS technology in the early 1990s. The development of geographic information systems includes data acquisition (for example, by classical surveying, aerial photography or external data intersection) and setting up of its own geo-databases. For this, existing technologies and application modules are used or built on a project basis.
Horizont group gmbh was founded in 1945 and is a family owned company (3rd Generation) based in Korbach (between Kassel and Paderborn) in Germany and one of the leading producers of electric fencing and accessories worldwide. Additionally, horizont produces and trades articles for livestock and equestrian customers. All this activities are consolidated in the division „Animal Care“. Furthermore the horizont group gmbh produces products for traffic safety and third party companies. These activities are grouped in the two divisions „Traffic Safety“ and „Gerätewerk“. Horizont group gmbh additionally operates several production and sales companies (i.e. in France, United Kingdom, Poland, Slovenia) which follow the company’s overall mission „We produce safety and give impulses“ and provide solutions for their customers in more than 70 countries. In 2015 the horizont group achieved to produce a total turnover of 42 Mio. € with approx. 220 employees (in Germany). Since 70 years the horizont group produces electric fencers and accessories (i.e. wire, tapes and ropes, isolators, posts, etc.) in their own productions facilities. Currently more than 400 specific types of fencers are in the portfolio. Some of them produced for specific needs or niche markets. With an R&D department and own department to produce tools horizont group is able to add necessary know how to the project. In 1993 horizont group developed a specific electric fencer „Insektonide“, in cooperation with the Prof. Dr. Frithjof Voss Stiftung, to gather a solution to manage the problem of grasshoppers, whose destroy human food. In the last years the division Animal Care participated in international projects in Tunisia „Protection against wild pigs“ (local partner) and with the Association of Saxonian Sheep and Goat Breeding Club to develop a special netting solution against the increasing amount of wolves in the European markets.
Cooperation with Prof. Dr. Frithjof Voss Stiftung: The Voss-Stiftung cooperates with the Horizont Group GmbH and leaves for this project the rights to the following utility models (DE20 2004 007 748, DE20 2015 002 320) and the corresponding prototypes.
The Quellwerke GmbH was founded in 2012 and has currently twelve employees, seven of whom have a degree in computer science (technical computer science, media computer science and business computer science). The work focuses on the creation of web-based systems, the realization of websites using content management systems such as TYPO3 or Pimcore and the development of mobile apps for Android and iOS or as platform-independent hybrid app. Reliability, responsibility and enthusiasm for the project are essential qualities to build trust with customers for Quellwerke GmbH. The results are high quality and sustainable solutions that optimize company-specific processes and provide a long-term investment. Quellwerke GmbH works for different industries and company sizes. The requirements for the projects are still the same: to achieve the business objectives of the customer by means of web technologies.
Kazakh Research Institute of Plant Protection and Quarantine of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KRI PPQ). The scientists of the Institute, which exists for 50 years, are experts for the bioecological features of locusts in different climatic conditions on the territory of Kazakhstan. They develop models of forecasting the state of populations of gregarious locusts and rational methods for locust control, and conduct research connected with methods of locust surveys, based on GIS technologies and remote sensing using UAVs.
Pavlodar regional branch of SD “Republican Methodological Center of phytosanitary diagnostics and forecasts”, State Inspection Committee in the agricultural sector of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan (Stakeholder and User). The Pavlodar regional branch is responsible for locust management, holds mass and sample surveys to identify harmful or particularly dangerous pests and damage diagnosis agricultural plants. Furthermore, they define phytosanitary measures for plant protection in the region and their biological and economic efficiency.
At present time FAO has great experience in the framework of the “Programme to improve national and regional locust management in CCA”, started in 2011. Its Roadmap includes “Locust issues and disasters better anticipated and mitigated” and more specifically “Develop monitoring and analysis systems”. That involves the development of Locust Geographic Information System (GIS) in CCA to be used both at national and regional levels.