The United Nations – Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Academic Network Forum was held on 1 – 3 August as part of the Eighth Session of the Committee of Experts on GGIM at UN Headquarters, New York.
The theme of the event was The SDGs Connectivity Dilemma: Urban Settlements, Resilience, and Sustainability and brought together over 100 delegates and geospatial experts and academics from over 50 Member States, academic institutions, and the private sector.
During the event, Alvaro Federico Barra, Land Administration and Geospatial Specialist from the World Bank presented on the topic of Improving Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems, introducing our current research project, our objectives and aims, the motivating reasons behind our research, our findings to date including details of the case studies conducted, and the relevance of our work in the context of the SDG agenda.
The presentation was well received with excellent feedback and support given, and creation of further opportunity for engagement and requests for involvement in the project.
The research team has two upcoming case study missions to Indonesia and India. On September 3–6 the team will be in Jakarta working with land and geospatial experts and disaster management and resilience specialists to learn all about their approaches to increasing resilience to disasters and protecting land and property. The team will then travel to Trivandrum in Kerala state in India to carry out the workshop in the Indian context on September 10–13.
The case study mission will involve workshops with local land administration and disaster management experts, brainstorming sessions, panel discussions and the development of a tailored country action plan to meet the needs of the country with the aim of increasing the resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems in the context of disaster management.
In September 24-26, the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public safety (CDMPS) will host an International Symposium on Smart Sustainable Futures in Melbourne, sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Resilience (GFDRR).
Within the event there will be a dedicated Land Resilience stream focusing on the current World Bank project on Improving the Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems. The World Bank Land Resilience stream will combine the theme of smart sustainable futures with the topic of land resilience and will explore how national land and geospatial systems could improve resilience to disasters and contribute to the goals of achieving a smart sustainable future.
The stream will meld presentation sessions on selected case countries with discussion sessions focused on the development of a strategic roadmap and individual country action plans. Panel and roundtable discussions on the developed items outputs will take place offering a chance for feedback and insight into the final Flagship report on this topic as well as exploration of the role, relevance and contributions of national land and geospatial systems in the areas of resilience, disaster risk management and land management, at local and global scales.
For more information about the event visit http://ssf2018.com