Mr. Otambaev from the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) attends a GIS course at the ILPÖ during the 3rd and 4th week of January. MSRI and ILPÖ are partners in the project JuniperCA. Aim of the GIS course is the intensification of the cooperation between ILPÖ and MSRI as well as strengthening the capacity of MSRI. Mr. Otambaev’s task within the project JuniperCA is the digitalization of historic forest inventory maps. We are very glad about having Mr. Otambaev at our institute. Working with Mr. Otambaev enriches our work at the ILPÖ in many ways.