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Stalwarts discuss geo-governance at AGF 2012

Hanoi, Vietnam: Organised for the first time in Vietnam, the 11th Asia Geospatial Forum kicked off today with the theme ‘Enabling Geo-Governance’. The conference was jointly organised by Geospatial Media & Communications Pvt Ltd and the Vietnam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing. It brought together stakeholders from over 30 countries to deliberate upon the geospatial developments in the region and exchange of knowledge.

Inaugural Session
Addressing the gathering, Nguyen Van Duc, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam said the world in general and Vietnam in particular is facing the severe effects of climate change and economic recession. Both at national and regional dimensions, climate change is a big challenge. Government agencies are awakening to the importance of information technology, especially geospatial technology. To address the demand coming from government agencies in pursuing their national objectives, Vietnam is actively working on building its own capabilities in space science and geospatial technology. According to the minister, Vietnam is building two earth observation satellites with multispectral and hyperspectral imaging capabilities – VNREDSAT-1A and 1B. By 2017, Vietnam is also expected to launch a radar satellite of its own.

Nguyen Van Duc, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

He called on the decision makers, scientists and universities and business community to come together and share the latest developments in geospatial technologies and its applications for socio-economic development and climate change mitigation.

Earlier, Trinh Anh Co, Secretary General of Vietnam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing welcomed the gathering and urged the delegates and stakeholder communities to collaborate for a win-win situation. Anamika Das, Product Manager-Conferences, Geospatial Media & Communications traced the history of the conference and briefed on what to expect in the three days of the conference.

In his guest address, Prof Dang Vu Minh , President, Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, Vietnam informed that Vietnam has been experiencing fast economic development in the past 20 years but there are several challenges it is still working on. He hoped that Asia Geospatial Forum would enhance the cooperation between the scientific community of Vietnam and the international geospatial industry.

Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards were distributed at the event to recognize and honour the best applications and usage of geospatial technologies in various walks of life. Recipients of Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards include:
– Atomic Energy Council (AEC), Taiwan, for disaster management.
– Telekom Malaysia Berhad for emergency services.
– PT McElhanney, Indonesia, for archaeological application.
– Survey Department, Brunei, Darussalam, for survey and mapping.
– Korea National Park Service (KNPS) for mobile-based application.
– In addition, Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) for natural resource management.

Source: Our Correspondent