[SPC-News] Media Alert: 4th Annual Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council Meeting & launch of the PGSC Strategy

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4th Annual Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council Meeting & launch of the PGSC Strategy

What:  4th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) and official launch of the PGSC strategy.

When: 9th-12th April 2018. (Official opening on Monday 9th April 2018 at 9am, followed up group photo)

Launch details: Tuesday 10th April 2018 at 6pm (official invite and program will be circulated to the media prior to the event).

Where: Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, Nuku'alofa Tonga.

This meeting will be attended by Pacific Island lands, survey, and geospatial experts.  The PGSC was established in November 2014 in the margins of the 10th annual Pacific Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing User Conference in Suva, Fiji.

Over the next two years, the PGSC collectively identified regional and national priorities, strengths, opportunities and gaps in geospatial and surveying capacity, producing a strategy to guide the work of the Council. The Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Strategy: Positioning the Pacific for the Future was endorsed by members at the end of 2016 and the official launch will take place at the 2018 annual PGSC meeting.

Goals and indicative activities outlined in the Strategy are intended to drive regional investment in the sector over the next decade, ensuring that National Lands & Survey Departments, Hydrography Offices, and Geospatial Units can fulfil their responsibilities and expand their capabilities.

This meeting is also attended by representatives from Geoscience Australia, the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Land Information New Zealand, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Geoscience Division.

Current PGSC members include: Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Media contacts:
The Pacific Community (SPC)
Evlyn Mani
Capacity Development & Communications Officer
E: evlynm at spc.int<mailto:evlynm at spc.int> or M: +679 8010768

Useful links:
PGSC website - http://gsd.spc.int/pgsc/
GIS/RS event website - http://gsd.spc.int/gisconference/

About SPC:
SPC is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947.
It is an international development organisation owned and governed by its 26 country and territory members: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
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