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GIS helps Pacific islands

The prototype Population Geographic Information System (PoPGIS) is a data and information management system that was recently launched by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), through its Demography/Population Programme. PGIS has helped decision-makers in the Pacific Islands to take better decision using the data and statistics to be generated by the software.

To be used by all the member countries and territories of SPC, the GIS application has been initially developed for use by the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The ultimate goal of this tool is to put data and information at the fingertips of planners and statisticians. The PopGIS features multiple applications; policy analysis, planning and research; monitoring progress, besides the manifestation of different aspects of developments at various levels of geography. The Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands and French Territory-Wallis and Futuna Island have been identified as the next recipients of a national PopGIS.