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Technology: GIS And Remote Sensing Can Aid Pacific Islands

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands & Mineral Resources says Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) tools can aid in Pacific Island efforts to strengthen climate change
28 Nov 2017 11:23
Technology:  GIS And Remote Sensing  Can Aid Pacific Islands
The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya with director Geo Science and Maritime Division, South Pacific Community Andrew Jones (blue bula-shirt) and participants at the Pacific GIS and Remotes Sensing User Conference at the Japan ICT Centre, University of the South Pacific, Suva. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands & Mineral Resources says Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) tools can aid in Pacific Island efforts to strengthen climate change resilience.

Faiyaz Koya elaborated on this while officiating at the Pacific Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) User conference at the Japan ICT Centre at the University of the South Pacific in Suva yesterday.

“We are only too aware of the multi-sectoral impacts of climate change and thus GIS and Remote Sensing tools can only aid our efforts to mitigate, adapt and strengthen our resilience,” Mr Koya said.

GIS and Remote Sensing tools also guide our planning and implementation efforts for natural resource management, Mr Koya added.

With an aim to provide innovative geo spatial solutions to Pacific Island challenges, participants from at least 10 Pacific island nations are currently engaging in a three day dialogue.

“This field of GIS and Remote Sensing is critical for our island nations, our development and our growth – particularly in a climate uncertain world,” Mr Koya said.

In addition the Pacific Island GIS and RS users are now in the process of establishing a Pacific Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Council, which is strongly backed by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources and the South Pacific Community.

Mr Koya urged the Pacific Island counterparts to offer their expertise to serve on this Council.

He said this would take expertise and knowledge in the field of GIS and RS to greater heights and bring innovation to this critical area of information management.

At the same time, Mr Koya revealed the robust contribution of Fiji in the use and implementation of the GIS and RS systems and how it assisted in various levels of dissemination of information and identifying challenged areas in the country, where works have been undertaken.

Fiji has been an active GIS and Remote Sensing community member, since 1992.

“Therefore, coming together under one roof, such as at this annual Conference, provides a nexus point for buyers and sellers to also converge and discuss ideas,” Mr Koya explained.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

Feedback:  arishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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