What:  The 3rd meeting of Pacific Island lands, survey, and geospatial experts, aimed at finalising a regional strategy for advancing the capacity of geospatial services in the region.

 When:  24-25 November 2016

 Where:  SPC Pasifika Conference Room, Lotus Building, Nabua [restrict]

 Time: 9am

The Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) will meet this week to finalise and endorse a 10-year strategy, to improve geospatial and surveying training and professional development, access to equipment and technology, data management, and leadership across the region.

The Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Strategy is the product of several years of collaborative discussion and design amongst PGSC members and partners. The aim of the Strategy is threefold:

  1. To demonstrate the critical nature of geospatial information and services and the development of these services in the Pacific region;

 2.To  articulate the aspirations of the region’s geospatial and surveying professionals in advancing capacity within the region and;

  1. To serve as an entry point for engagement with internal and external partners.

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Geoscience Division has established the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Partnership Desk to provide secretariat services and support PGSC in achieving their goals and objectives.

At this year’s PGSC meeting, members look forward to finalising the Strategy and mapping out the next steps for countries and partners to begin implementation.

This process will be facilitated by representatives from Geoscience Australia, the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Land Information New Zealand, and SPC’s Geoscience Division.

Current PGSC members include: Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. [/restrict]