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Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology


John Schaeffer receives an award for Special Achievement in GIS in 2014.


Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, congratulates John Schaeffer on his Special Achievement Award.


John Schaeffer, shares his award with the 2014 scholars from the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS).  John worked with these SCGIS scholars for three weeks, teaching them GIS  and helping with their conservation GIS projects from around the world.  Countries represented are Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Ukraine, Russia, Zambia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Japan, and Bangladesh.

Redlands, California—July 23, 2014— John Schaeffer, Juniper GIS, received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held July 16, 2014. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.

John Schaeffer teaches GIS internationally, using Esri ArcGIS technology to help GIS users develop skills to solve problems and analyze issues in their home countries. He works closely with the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) to train international scholars and has recently developed a program to "Train the Trainer," developing GIS training capacity in countries around the world. His students are studying, analyzing and developing data to help with issues of wildlife, natural resources, population growth, climate change, agriculture and telecommunications. In recent years, John Schaeffer has taught classes in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Fiji, and Russia. Each year, the "Train the Trainer" program selects former students to become qualified instructors to develop GIS training capacity for conservation and international aid work throughout the world. Read more about the "Train the Trainer Program", on page 8, of the Summer issue of ArcNews. Juniper GIS currently has authorized instructors working in Russia, Slovenia, Scotland, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, and Bangladesh.

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities' greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science."

For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit esri.com/sag.