Kathmandu, Nepal, 21 November 2006 – A Letter of Agreement (LoA) between ICIMOD and Geoinformatics Centre of Asian Institute of Technology (GICAIT), Thailand was signed on 21 November 2006 concerning the cooperation and participation in the Digital Asia project.
The Digital Asia project is being promoted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan in collaboration with Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and implemented by Keio University, Japan.
Under the LoA, ICIMOD will establish a node for the distributed database of Digital Asia Project among one of the 18 nodes in the Asia Pacific region. Similar to the Digital Earth vision, the long-term goal of the project is to support and conduct research on human security, natural disasters and environmental problems in Asian region by promoting geospatial data infrastructure.
Prof. Himromichi Fukui and Mr. Kunisawa Kasuyoshi from Kieo University, Japan and Mr. Tun Tun Win and Ms. Ponthip Limlahaphun from GIC, AIT, Thailand visited ICIMOD, Kathmandu from 19 to 24 November 2006 to set up the equipments and to impart technical training to ICIMOD staff from 21 to 23 November 2006.
– About Digital Asia Project
The “Digital Asia” project conducts research on the establishment of a Digital Asia by utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in collaboration with other research institutions in Japan and abroad. Based on technologies for environmental management, risk management and information technology, the project comprehensively understands and verifies Asia’s regional strategy.