Kuwait: Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait (eMISK) is all set and running. It is accessible at www.beatona.net, according to Saleh Al-Mudhaf, General Manager, Environment Public Authority (EPA), Kuwait. In conversation with Kuwait Times, Mudhaf explained, “eMISK is an ambitious system initiated by the EPA. It aims to establish, build and maintain a comprehensive geo-environmental database of Kuwait along with an enterprise level GIS system for access, update and analysis of the environmentally relevant data.”
Mudhaf stated that ‘Beatona’ stands for ‘Our Environment’ in Arabic language. It is the official environmental portal of Kuwait which is developed and managed by the EPA. The website represents Kuwait Environment Public Authority’s (KEPA) commitment towards creating consciousness about the environment among the people of Kuwait. Beatona is eMISK’s public venture for the people of Kuwait. The main mandate of ‘Beatona’ is to generate awareness and share authentic content and valued scientific information with the citizen in a user friendly manner.
“eMISK spans over 3 phases, the 1st of which has completed in February 2012, which has already established a comprehensive geo-environmental database for Kuwait, including the required infrastructure, and human resource capital within EPA. The Phase 2 of eMISK is aimed at the development of domain-specific environmental analysis, models, and simulations to help address specific environmental issues of Kuwait. The third and the last phase of eMISK will focus on the development of Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) for issues specific to the environment of Kuwait,” Mudhaf added.
Source: Kuwait Times