UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

The GIS capability will map agriculture and forest cover, including pasture, mangroves, and forest plantations. It will contribute in monitoring climate change and land use on the islands, thereby building resilience and managing the risks faced by the country. The specifics of the project were presented at the Solomon Islands National Vegetation and GIS Technical Workshop, which took place from 12-16 March 2012, in Solomon Islands. The project will include in-country and Fiji-based training for GIS specialists, assistance towards a database of natural hazard and social vulnerability, and support for the school of Natural Resources of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education to develop and deliver a GIS technicians course.

The project is funded by the UNDP Project Strengthening Environment Management and Reducing the Impact of Climate Change (SEMRICC), and the Adaptation Fund. Satellite imagery is funded by USAID under the Pacific Food Security Project. [SPC Press Release]