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‘Kathmandu Valley GIS Database: Bridging the Data Gap’

‘Kathmandu Valley GIS Database: Bridging the Data Gap’

Basanta Shreshta
& Sushil Pradhan

ICIMOD-MENRIS
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Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH)
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This is for the first time the GIS Database of the Kathmandu valley have been prepared by ICIMOD. To encourage and improve the exchange of information, the publictaion and database have been made available in aninteractive CD-ROM. ICIMOD has established an environment Information and Assessment (EIA) unit at the Ministry of Population and Environment. HMG, Nepal, with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/EAP AP). One of the objectives of the EIA project is to carry out a Kathmandu valley GIS study to prepare a core GIS database. This work initiated as a pilot study to raise awareness about the potential of the technology and its usefulness in planning and decision-making. Further, the study advocates a building block block approach to encourage information eschange among research and development communities, management and revision of databases in a complimentary way to avoid duplication of efforts in costlyproductionof digital data.

The policyy maker, project managers and GIS communities of large, such as government agencies, IGNO’s, NGOs, Donors and others engaged in the management and planning of the Kathmandu valley to a larger GIS community in Nepal.

The CD is very comprehensive and an effective Decision Support System. There are 60 maps, 24 figures and 11 tables in all. Certain maps are associated with pie diagrams, bar charts and other visuals, which make the information more visible and user friendly. Every map is accompanied by well-written explanatory texts and a data dictionary. The image presented in this publiction visualise and raise awareness about the existing digital data. There is a glossary of technical words included in the CD.

The entire publication has been packaged in HTML format. It can be accessed by using Internet Explorer 3.0 or a later version. All the maps used in this CD-ROM are in JPG format. The topographic database on a scale 1:25,000 is in Arcview Shapefile format. The ArcExplorer, which is a software provided free of cost by ESRI, is packaged along with the CD-ROM to facilitate the viewing. Appropriate views have been created for browsing the database; however, users can create their own views and produce outputs as desired. The satellite images used in the publication are available in JPG format only.