Strengthening Regional Resilience with GeoInformation

Programme on Trans-boundary Cooperation in South and South East Asia for geospatial information

18th January 2018 HICC, Hyderabad, India



Asia’s position as the growth engine in the world economy has intensified in recent years. Emerging from the shadows of the world’s leading economies, the region is the new economic powerhouse and now accounts for nearly two-thirds of global growth. As the region continues to be the leader of global growth, developments in the region are central to the global economic outlook and for formulating policies around the world.

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Regional collaboration

Stepping up cooperation to address issues cutting across boundaries and considering the mutual benefits that could be derived from greater economic integration would contribute to the furtherance of their common developmental agenda. Cooperation among countries can be an effective tool to strengthen, share and accelerate development within countries and across regions. It involves creating, adapting, transferring and sharing knowledge and experiences, while also making the most of existing resources and capacities. South Asia and South East Asia face several common challenges and opportunities. Irrespective of the geographical size and economic power, these countries are challenged by the same development issues, most of which can be best addressed by collective efforts for innovation and initiatives, thus offering greater options for collaboration and partnerships in exploiting technology and practices while pursuing their development agenda.


Geospatial framework

Reliable and accurate geospatial data is the foundation for all kinds of information systems. The common issues facing the region have spatial information at its core, making it the most critical decision support system. It also paves the way for reaching out to each other and learning from each other about solutions to common problems. In view of current focus on strengthening interaction and collaboration to transform South and South East Asia, it becomes pertinent to strengthen the geospatial frameworks as well...

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Discussion Points

Bring together key stakeholders of geospatial information – national mapping organisations, space agencies, SDIs (spatial data infrastructure), and end-users, and apprise them with latest developments in geospatial technology

Offer opportunities for collaboration and strengthening partnerships amongst South Asian and South East Asian countries in the application of geospatial technologies

Explore business opportunities of geospatial data for geospatial information providers

To leverage Geospatial Technology for economic and social development of the region

Deliberations on requisites for a regional SDI

Evolving capacity building mechanisms for organisations across the regions by leveraging existing expertise

To harness geospatial technology for national infrastructure development by optimal sharing of available resources and enhanced cooperation in technology transfer, standardization and capacity development

Explore avenues for technology collaboration

Deliberations on developing frameworks for enhanced data sharing amongst nations

Target Audience

  • Survey & mapping agencies
  • Space agencies
  • Planning agencies
  • Geospatial technology providers
  • SDIs
  • End-user sectors and sectoral data providers such as disaster management and climate change, ocean economies, food security, meteorological organisations, geological/mineral survey, maritime security