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5505.2 - From Cartography to Geospatial Information Management: Implications on Geodetic Engineering Education & Practice

Wednesday, July 5
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Virginia C

On 27 April 2016, and following a year-long consultative process on the comprehensive review of the work and operations of the Committee of Experts (CoE) on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted the draft resolution (E/2016/L.28) entitled “Strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management”. The resolution stipulates, among others, that the CoE will continue to contribute to the work of the United Nations, especially in the context of assisting the Member States to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.

Member States welcomed the efforts of the CoE to streamline the work of four (4) subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC in the field of geospatial information management, namely: (a) the CoE on GGIM; (b) the UN-Regional Cartographic Conferences for Asia and the Pacific (UN-RCCAP); (c) the UN-Regional Cartographic Conferences for the Americas (UN-RCCA); and (d) the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographic Names and its related Group of Experts.

As a course of action, ECOSOC agreed to: (a) broaden the mandate of the CoEs; (b) cease forthwith the formal UN-RCCAP and UN-RCCA; (c) confirmed the inclusion of the annual session of the COE within the regular UN calendar of conferences and meetings; (d) encourage Member States to provide voluntary contributions, and otherwise request the Secretary-General to try to mobilize additional resources; and (e) change the item on the Council’s Agenda from “Cartography” to “Geospatial Information”. In line with the implementation of the resolution, the Council requested that the CoE report back to the Council, not later than in five (5) years time.

This international development called the attention of the Philippines’ Professional Regulatory Board of Geodetic Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission because of the implications in geodetic engineering education and practice. The areas of potential repercussions include the aspects on policy and legal, academic and technical, professional licensing and practice, institutional and capacity building, among others. These clearly are of direct relevance to cartography and geospatial information

The paper will present the background and merits of the ECOSOC Resolution; in-country legal and policy aspects of cartography; geodetic engineering ecosystem, academic and professional practice; suggestions/recommendations, and related pointers which will serve as inputs to the report of the CoE to the ECOSOC. A pre-impact assessment of such change based on suitable evaluation tools and techniques will also be included in the document. The paper will show the repercussions of the resolution to the geodetic engineering profession and on the key conclusions and suggestions pertaining to the strengthening institutional arrangements on geospatial information management and capacity building that can be considered during the subsequent conferences or fora to be organized by the CoE on UN-GGIM.

Randolf S. Vicente

Professional Regulatory Board of Geodetic Engineering, Professional Regulation Commission, Philippines

Born on 6 October 1965, Engr. Randolf S. Vicente is a Geodetic Engineer and a graduate of Diploma in Land Use Planning and Master’s Degree in Remote Sensing. He retired in 2008 from National Mapping and Resource Information Authority as OIC, Office of the Assistant Director, Mapping and Geodesy Branch. In addition to his regular duties as member of the Professional Regulatory Board, he is also in-charge of the Continuing Professional Development, ASEAN and other International Qualification Frameworks, ISO-Quality Management System, application of Special Temporary Permits (STPs) and ASEAN Engineers, development of practice standards, research and development, and promotional activities.


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David Fairbairn

Senior Lecturer in Geomatics
Newcastle University

David Fairbairn has been Senior Lecturer in Geomatics in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University for many years. He lectures in topics related to cartography and GIS, and has research interests in visualisation, education, citizen science and terrain mapping. Currently chair of the ICA Commission on Education and Training, he has also previously served as Vice President and Secretary-General/Treasurer of the Association.


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