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University of the South Pacific becomes a Member of the Pacific GIS Remote Sensing Council

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Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Pacific GIS Remote Sensing Council Chairman, Dr Wolf Forstreuter signing the Memorandum of Understanding

The University of the South Pacific and the Pacific GIS RS Council (PGRSC) formalised a long term working relationship this morning by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU).

As part of the MoU, the University of the South Pacific will now become an Institutional Member of PGRSC, joining other institutional members like Geoscience Australia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Samoa (MNRE), Ministry of Sugar Industries - Fiji, AllTerra, BLUECHAM, Eagle Technology, SPREP, The University of Guam and Drone Service Fiji.

The Pacific GIS & Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC) was established in 2017 to oversee the activities of the Pacific Islands GIS & Remote Sensing User Conference.  This conference is the largest in the Pacific, held annually.

USP has been a partner organisation of this conference for the last 22 years and hosts the annual conference in conjunction with USP’s Geospatial Science Programme.

USP has been providing GIS and remote sensing education since 1994 and in 2015 instituted a full degree in Geospatial Science.  Its graduates are now spread across the Pacific and are an integral part of the Pacific Geospatial community. 

As part of its objectives, the PGRSC also provides expert guidance in building effective national GIS & RS User Groups and an active Pacific-wide Geospatial community through their focal point network.

During the signing of the MoU, the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Pal Ahluwalia said, “We are pleased to formalise this long standing partnership and look forward to working with PGRSC in advancing capacity building in the area of geospatial science across our member countries. 

PGRSC Chairman, Dr Wolf Forstreuter said, “the Council’s Pacific focus matches perfectly with USP’s member countries, particularly as USP’s Geospatial Programme is spread across these Pacific Island Countries.  Together we can build capacity in this important area and make a difference.”

Background Information 

The Pacific GIS RS Council was initially established to oversee the 2017 GIS & RS User Conference and later recognised as a body that could promote and help support further developments of GIS & RS tools in the region.

The Council promotes the development of GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) data, technologies, methods and services for the pacific region;

Through collaboration and sharing lessons learnt from across regional agencies and commercial entities, the Council is able to establish methods in building adaptation for the Pacific environment.

The Council is also responsible for managing the distribution, publication and awareness of the annual conference outcomes.

This helps to establish robust links with other GIS, RS and scientific bodies regionally and globally.

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