Bhutan: With technical and financial aid from Thailand, using GIS and remote sensing technology, the National Environment Commission (NEC) of Bhutan commissioned a project to update topographic mapping of the country. As part of this three-year project, Bhutan will have satellite imagery of every dzongkhag (an administrative and judicial district of Bhutan) by the end of 2012. The imagery will help authorities to assess the status of development works.
The Thai government will fund about USD 9 million. In addition, a team of six experts from Thailand will train NEC officials on using global navigation satellite system (GNSS), remote sensing (RS) and GIS. Officials from Thimphu Thromde, National Statistical Bureau and National Soil Services Centre will also attend the training session.
Speaking to Kuensel Online, Dr Anond Snidvongs, Executive Director of Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency said, “The project would establish fundamental geospatial data sets, central geo database and applications, as a tool for the country’s development and natural resource management.”
NEC Secretary Ugyen Tshering stated, “The project is expected to offer satellite images and information for planning urban areas relief measures. Through this project we’ll also be able to assess the carrying capacity of our natural resources.”
Bhutan has not updated its satellite images since 2008. The project will help the country in updating its existing records.
The project to update Bhutan’s satellite images was initiated after Thailand’s science and technology minister, Dr Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich’s, visit to Bhutan in September 2009.
Source: Kuensel Online