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Pacific Community receives international recognition for geospatial innovation

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The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Geoscience Division is being bestowed the Asia Geospatial Excellence Award for Disaster Management by Geosmart Asia, a leading conference and exhibition for the Asia-Pacific region showcasing the capabilities of geospatial technologies for national development and industry growth.

 

The award recognizes exemplary innovation and practices in geospatial information and technology in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

“The Pacific region is prone to the vagaries of nature and geospatial information has proven to play a significant role in preparedness and mitigating losses. In such a scenario, the vision and initiatives of SPC’s Geoscience Division to promote geospatial information for safeguarding the region are commendable,” Geosmart Asia Pacific Vice President, Prashant Joshi said, in announcing the accolade.

 

 

 

SPC’s Geoscience Division is at the forefront of satellite image data and technology services that benefit the Pacific region across a broad range of sectors including  climate change adaptation and disaster management, forestry, land use planning, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure and urban planning, biodiversity conservation as well as education.

 

The division has a number of ongoing initiatives with several development partners on developing decision support tools that produce realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for use in planning, disaster preparedness and response activities, using hazard and exposure spatial data.

 

SPC, through its Geoscience Division, also jointly hosts the annual Pacific Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) Conference with Fiji’s Department of Lands the University of the South Pacific which brings together over 300 participants from over 30 countries, including Pacific Island government representatives, consulting companies and the private sector.

 

“SPC is delighted to receive this award and due credit goes to the dedicated team of professionals in our Geoscience Division,” Pacific Community Director-General, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga said.

 

“Through their expertise and work ethic SPC is able to provide valuable support to Pacific Island countries and territories with recent examples being the provision of satellite imagery assistance in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclones Pam and Winston,” Dr Tukuitonga added.

 

The Asia Geospatial Excellence Award for Disaster Management will be presented to SPC at the annual GeoSmart Asia Conference which will be held in Malaysia in October.

 

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Media contact:

Sachindra Singh, Senior Geospatial Systems Architect,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +679 338 1377
Wolf Forstreuter, SPC GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Useful links:
GeoSmart Asia 2016
Pacific GIS/RS Conference

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2016 16:45  

Newsflash

Nukualofa, Friday 16 March 2012: How exactly will climate change impact the lives of people living on small islands and what can be done to adapt to those impacts? On Lifuka Island in Tonga’s Ha’apai group, a project to find answers to this question is underway. The answer could help people around the Pacific and the world prepare  for, and adapt to, climate change.

The project is part of the Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP) and aims to assess the vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise in Lifuka. It is being run by the Government of Tonga with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Tonga Community Development Trust (TCDT).

Fuka Kitekei’aho, National Coordinator for PASAP, said that Lifuka was chosen because it had already experienced sea level rise as a result of an earthquake in May 2006.

“The earthquake measured approximately 7.9 on the Richter scale and resulted in subsidence of 23 cm of the western side of Lifuka Island,” Mr Kitekei’aho said. “In the past four years, the island has experienced significant coastal erosion over a three kilometre section of the coastline, including where the harbour, homes, and hospital are located.”