Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, Datuk Amar Tengah Ali Hasan, emphasised, early this week, the growing importance of leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in enhancing the planning and decision making capabilities of public sector organisations.
According to the Minister, GIS at present is recognised as an evolving field with an equally growing importance in various sectors within the national and global economy.
“As the outlook for the Geospatial Industry is promising, the State Government of Sarawak wishes to take advantage of the industry’s continued transformation and proficiency, to enhance its own development and economic planning capabilities and the sustainable use of our rich natural resources,” he said.
He added that organisations are now moving towards managing information spatially rather than managing spatial information, thus increasing the adoption of GIS to guide decision making in urban planning, policing, environment, health, and in crafting sustainable and liveable cities.
In particular, the State Government has allocated USD 300 million for the development of its Land and Survey Information System (LSIS) as response to the growing demand for geospatial information driven by population growth, rural-urban migration, improvement and expansion of physical infrastructures, and other related factors.
The LSIS, which was developed by the Land and Survey Department, integrates all spatial information and is supported by cadastral and topographic data.
“Effective land administration and land management have become critical and essential to meet the growing needs and expectations of the people and to sustain the level of economic activities planned,” the Minister said in an official statement, adding that this effort would help the State realise the national vision and objective of becoming an industrialised nation by the Year 2020.
“As more state land is to be demarcated, surveyed, alienated and registered under our land administration system which adopts the Torrens principle of indefeasibility of title, demand for large scale geo-referenced maps of each and every parcel of land in the Land Register and associated ownership information is growing,” he said.
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