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Lebanon government plans to create unified national map from satellite images

Beirut, Lebanon, 28 June 2006: The Minister of State for Administrative Development, Jean Hogassapian announced on June 27 that his ministry will draw a “unified national map” created from digital satellite images and essential for GIS.

The project was prepared by the National Committee to Organize and Develop a Unified National Map of Geographic Information Systems and GIS expert Ghassan Mikati, and executed by the Bureau Stephan company. The project will allow 11 public institutions to use the images, said Maroun Khreish, head of the Directorate of Geographic Affairs, and Army approval will be required to copy or sell the images.

Mikati said the images will help in conducting geographic analysis and statistics in different fields such as the number of buildings or trees in an area.