The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is set to host the world Geospatial Data Infrastructure Conference and AfricaGIS conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 4 – 8, 2013.
UNECA is jointly hosting the meeting with Addis Ababa University, the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GISSE) under the theme: “Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.”
The meeting will discuss the importance of geospatial science and technology in the production of affordable geospatial data sets for sustainable development in Africa.
It will feature technical sessions with reports on the latest research outcomes as well as sessions on topics such as Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), space policy, programmes and projects.
Among those expected are representatives of UN agencies, sub-regional, regional and international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations. Academic and research institutions, multi-national corporations, SMEs as well as civil society organizations are also expected to participate.
Environment Information Systems in Africa (EIS-Africa) and the Global Geospatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association are partnering to organise this year’s joint conference. EIS-Africa is a pan-African membership network working to improve the use of geospatial and environmental information to enrich policy debate and support decision-making for the well-being of Africa’s people. It has had a long partnership with ECA in supporting Africa’s Spatial Infrastructure (SDI), CODIST, Mapping Africa for Africa and most recently the Global Geospatial Information Management initiative.
The GSDI Association is an inclusive global organization set up to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.