Ministry of Lands hosts RCMRD conference

03 Jul 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement held a two-day conference attended by a delegation from the Kenya-based Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD) in the capital this week.
The conference was aimed at sensitising government organisations on the services available at the RCMRD.
Established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations for Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the centre is aimed at promoting sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-Information and allied Information Communication Technology (ICT) services and products in the Member States.
In a media statement issued here on Wednesday, the public relations officer in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Chrispin Matongela said the topics covered during the conference, which started on Monday, included the role of the centre and geo-information in national development and the spatial data infrastructure.
He added that the participants also discussed natural resource mapping and management, and capacity building and training programmes at the centre, amongst other things.
Other topics discussed during the two days included water management, network infrastructure development, disaster management and early warning systems and fire monitoring, he noted.
The RCMRD is an inter-governmental organisation and currently has 19 contracting member states in the eastern and southern Africa regions, of which Namibia is a member.
The other member states include Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The delegation of five people was set to return to Kenya on Wednesday.