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Korea hands over Master Plan of National Spatial Data Infrastructure and National Base Map

Phnom Penh: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will hand over the National Base Map and the Master Plan of National Spatial Data Infrastructure of Cambodia in the morning of February 16, 2012 at the office of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction during the ceremony presided over by H.E. Im Chhun Lim, Senior Minister, Minister of Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and Dr. Shin Euicheol, Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office.

The National Base Map and the Master Plan of National Spatial Data Infrastructure are the important outputs of the project for the Production of the National Base Map and the Establishment of the Master Plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Cambodia implemented from 2010 to 2012 with grant aid from Korea of 2.5 million USD through KOICA Cambodia Office.

The first main output, the National Base Map, is an integrated dataset of geospatial information that is the consensus standard for industrial development plans such as cartography, road, dam, airport construction, building harbor and it is also the blueprint for constructional plan, production of additional topographic map and cadastral survey which are expected to be carried out further.

In the project, the most accurate and standard National Base Maps were produced for Phnom-Penh and other attractive sightseeing cities like Siem-Reap and Preah Sihanouk. Therefore, through the utilization of those maps, Location Based Service could be promoted for the public to find optimal routes for their needs, thereby improving the quality of lives of Cambodian citizens.

Furthermore, the use of National Base Map will increase the awareness of geographical information in Cambodia, and increase additional needs of more geographical information that can be produced by the well-trained Cambodian officials. This means that the National Base Map provided by KOICA will be the standard map of Cambodia in further production and revision of relevant Maps.

The second main output, the Master Plan of National Spatial Data Infrastructure, is a central component in supporting decision making for economic and social development; it encompasses the policies, technologies, standards and human resources necessary for the effective collection, management, access, delivery and utilization of spatial data for Cambodia.

Moreover, it is very important for the fact that it produces standardized fundamental spatial datasets, avoids unnecessary duplication of cost in developing and maintaining those data, facilitates access to and application of those data, and enables integration of other application of specific data. Based on the NSDI master plan, Cambodia can apply and utilize it for national territorial planning, urban planning and management, land use, environment, defense, and prevention of disasters.

Be noted that Korean Government has provided approximately more than 83 million USD to Cambodia from 1991 up to 2011 by providing 34 projects covering 4 sectoral priorities including Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Agriculture & Rural Development. Specifically, with MLMUPC, there have been 4 projects with the total budget of around 7 million USD.

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