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Meet to focus on geospatial services

Monika Singh
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

THE second annual meeting of Pacific Island lands, survey, and geospatial experts, aimed at drafting a regional strategy for building the capacity of geospatial services in the region will be held this week.

Geospatial information forms the basis for most of economic activities in the world today and it is important for the Pacific to develop in this area.

In a statement issued yesterday the Secretariat of the Pacific Community said with the rise of satellite technology such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), geospatial information had become an increasingly powerful tool, as it could be accessed in near-real time.

SPC noted geospatial information had a multitude of uses in development planning and had applications in natural resource management, climate change adaptation, transport, land ownership, engineering and construction, population, health, agriculture, topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, as well as the delimitation of maritime zones and boundaries.

It said Pacific Island countries and territories still had quite limited geospatial and surveying capacity, however there was a global shortage of surveyors and at present, there were no surveyor training courses available in the region.

At this year's PGSC meeting, the members look forward to drafting a strategy and priorities for developing the region's geospatial capacity.

According to the statement, this process will be facilitated by representatives from Geoscience Australia, the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Land Information New Zealand, and the Pacific Community (SPC's) Geoscience Division.

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