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On their minds: Reducing impacts of natural disasters LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO Suva Geographic information system (GIS) are important tool for reducing the levels of risk and impacts of natural disasters. This
29 Mar 2014 08:05

On their minds: Reducing impacts of natural disasters
LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO
Suva
Geographic information system (GIS) are important tool for reducing the levels of risk and impacts of natural disasters.
This is one of the reasons the Fiji Geospatial Information Council (FGIC) is reviving itself and yesterday came together with relevant stakeholders for a meeting at the Holiday Inn in Suva.
A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of geographical data and displays geographic information for informed decision making.
The Permanent Secretary for Lands, Tevita Boseiwaqa, said the whole world was moving towards geospatial information and through attending several international meets, especially the recent one at United Nations level, the need for Fiji to bank on GIS was realised.
He said the council was adopting a strategy to enable it to have the geographic information system in place.

A land information strategy for Fiji was proposed for the Government back in 1990 but this died down, according to Mr Boseiwaqa. According to this proposal made to Cabinet by the then minister, Poseci Bune, the strategy was vital for land management purposes and the need for better land information.
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