Expo 2023 Doha Hosts the 11th Edition of the United Nations Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.
Taking place from February 4 to 8 at Expo 2023 Doha, the 11th session of the Arab Committee of the United Nations Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held with Qatar serving as the host country through its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Centre at the Ministry of Municipality. Over 80 participants were involved in the session with numerous international experts who specialize in geospatial information management, alongside representatives from the Ministry of Municipality.
The aim behind the UN-GGIM session is to boost the advancement of geospatial information infrastructure across Arab nations and foster collaboration among the countries to create and implement policies and strategies for geospatial information management.
Director of the GIS Centre at the Ministry of Municipality, Mr. Manaf Al Sada, emphasized the significance of bolstering the geospatial abilities of Arab countries by leveraging the insights and outcomes of such gatherings. The framework for geospatial information stands out as a pivotal tool empowering nations to devise and enact tailored action plans that cater to their specific needs, in addition, it aims to optimize the utilization of national GIS systems tailored to the unique contexts of each country.
The implementation of such a system can be crucial to solving our increasing environmental troubles as GIS can be used to closely monitor the deforestation rates, recognize risk of deforestation, and control forest resources – all achieved by examining and studying satellite imagery of forests.