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Saudi Arabia’s geospatial and marine surveys gets UNDP backing

UAE: The UN Development Program (UNDP) and the General Commission for Survey (GCS) have signed a capacity development project with the main objective of developing national capacities in conducting geospatial and marine surveys and the production of maps, marine navigational electronic and paper systems as well as geospatial information in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

UNDP confirmed that the one-year project embraces ambitious objectives to support the government in its efforts to promote the national development through greater efficiency in producing and marketing geo-spatial survey products and services. The agreement was signed by Moree Hassan Al-Shahrani, president of The General Commission for Survey and Firas Gharaibeh, deputy resident Representative of UNDP.

The project is also expected to mobilise expertise and purchase technically sophisticated survey equipment and devices for the marine hydrographical surveys at the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba area.

In its subsequent phases, the project will engage the advisory services of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Hydrographical Organization (IHO). It is viewed by GCS as part of its intent to advance the hydrographic science in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Arab News