Dominica is positioning itself to better deal with the problems being faced in data collection.
Individuals from the public and private sectors in Dominica are currently participating in a consultation on Geospatial Data Management.
The initiative is a joint one between the government of Dominica and the World Bank.
Speaking at the consultation, Minister responsible for Physical Planning, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, identified insufficient collaboration and data sharing as Dominica’s shortcomings in that area.
He says the lack of data policies is one of the fundamental reasons for this.
“This situation has hindered the growth and development of a vibrant Geospatial data base community in Dominica. Other issues would include a lack of awareness among departments and agencies, duplication of data collection efforts and non development of some critical data bases,” he said.
Darroux said the consultation is very timely and paves the way for improving the country’s date base collection.
Meantime Darroux says that having been involved in geospatial data collection since the mid 1990’s, Dominica is now ready to join the rest of the international community to pursue a more strategic approach to disaster risk management and planning.
He says geospatial data, is critical for informed decision making on climate resilience and reducing risks to the adverse effects of climate change.
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