Users from all over the world and especially in Samoa, a South Pacific nation, can access interactive maps available on Mapserver and learn more from the local geography of Samoa, as well as utilize them as a resource tool to make better informed planning and management decisions pertaining to development activities. This service is an important tool for e-government delivering a local content enabled service to the population of Samoa.
The mapserver will be managed by all the stakeholders in Samoa and in the region. By using an innovative system that allows broad participation the mapserver will feature geographical information from many government departments, companies, regional organizations, international organizations, consultants, scientists and individuals. This is a unique opportunity for Samoa to have such application as it is not yet mainstreamed in the world. It is expected that the mapserver will bring opportunities for Samoa in the field of tourism but also in investments in Samoa.
Under European Union funding (EDF8), the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) has initiated a project for the benefit of 8 Pacific ACP countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). Entitled “Reducing Vulnerability of Pacific ACP States”, the project aims to improve decision making in three sectors that are of particular relevance to Pacific Islands: aggregates for construction (sand being a coastal resource, any extraction of it may permanently damage the coastline, the lagoon or the reef), hazard mitigation and risk assessment, and water resources, supply and sanitation.