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Japan prepares environment map of world

Japan: Geospatial Information Authority (GSI), Japan, prepared an environment map of world. It shows digital geographic data sets of the whole globe with unified specifications developed in close collaboration with national mapping organisations around the world, FutureGov reported. The map accurately describes present status of the global environment.

According to a spokesperson of GSI, the Global mapping project aims to contribute to the planning of countermeasures on global environmental problems such as global warming and climate change. The project intends to develop a unified specification of digital geospatial information to the whole land area of the earth. “The goal of the Global Map project is to contribute to the understanding and resolution of worldwide problems affecting the environment,” the spokesperson said.

Currently, 181 countries and regions around the world are promoting data development in collaboration with the world’s National Surveying and Mapping Organisations.

“Our office, up to now is continuously working hard to improve the quality of the Global Map Data by way of implementing technical developments to facilitate updates of the data, and by fostering a conducive environment which would enable all countries to develop their own data easily and cost effectively,” he added.

The project to develop the Global Map was proposed by the Ministry of Construction (current Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan) following the adoption of Agenda 21 by 178 governments during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio De Janeiro on June 13, 1992.

At present the GSI plays a role as the Secretariat of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping and is also responsible for the management of the progress of the Global Map development as well as the data validation submitted from each country.

Source: FutureGov