6 Mar 2015

Solomons computer generated maps to help in disaster risk reduction

8:04 am on 6 March 2015
Solomon Islands Referral Hospital, coastal erosion.

Solomon Islands Referral Hospital, coastal erosion. Photo: Supplied

The Solomon Islands government hopes new computer generated maps will guide development plans and reduce damage from natural disasters.

The first in a series of training sessions for staff at the ministry of environment, climate change and disaster management is underway with support from the Pacific Risk Resilience Program.

A consultant Bryan Pitakia says the satellite generated maps are a first for Solomon Islands.

"This country is prone to differrent type of disaster and kinds of hazards it faces to see that the ministry take on board or consider this mapping tool. To ensure that there is resilience in developments that are already in or are yet to come."

Mapping consultant Bryan Pitakia