Rotterdam: The four-day Geospatial World Forum got off to a spirited start here today. After two days of brainstorming pre conference sessions that saw user industries from across sectors and countries participate in discussions about how geospatial technology is enabling their work, the Monday evening saw the conference opening to a lively start.
Welcoming the delegates, Drs Th A.J. Burmanje (Dorine), Chair, Executive Board, Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, the Netherlands, said the theme of this year’s conference – monetising value geospatial technology – becomes all more relevant owing to the difficult times the world is passing through.
“We are taking off from where we left last year. We are still fighting the economic challenges and the political unrest in certain parts of the world but interest in geospatial technology is increasing,” she said. The growing economic crisis is promoting acceptance of geospatial technology as an enabling tool.
In similar vein, Chris Gibson, Vice President, Trimble Navigation, said geospatial technology is driving enhancing and transforming technological changes. New technologies and technology convergence is driving the demand for g-tech. Gibson identified agriculture, civil engineering, building, transportation and logistics as the areas where geospatial is playing a key role.
The chief guest on the occasion, Alhaji A.B. Inusah Fuseini, Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, said geospatial technology was crucial for economic and social development and poverty eradication in the developing world. Giving example from his country, he said Ghana’s rapid growth has led to rapid urbanisation in the recent years and this cannot happen in isolation. Application of geospatial and space technology is empowering Ghana to deal with urbanisation with its new scientific land policy, natural resource management, agriculture etc. The country has recently launched a World Bank funded land management project for land titling, land use and land use planning etc.
Sybilla Dekker, former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, the Netherlands, said spatial planning started with knowledge and its ownership. That is an essential tool for growth and development. A strong functioning land record system is beneficial for citizens and lays the pillar for economic development of a country. In today’s world of uncertainties, geospatial is the example of a sector finding newer possibilities. “Our challenge is to create cross-border infrastructure to enable better decision making for growth and development,” she added while adding g-tech is a tool for changing today’s economic challenges and create value for society.
Source: Our Correspondent