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Digital Maps Of Land Resources Launched In The Philippines
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jan/20/digital-maps-land-resources-launched-philippines/
Source Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Philippines
Created: Jan 20, 2014

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) launched an online portal called “BSWM Maps” to make it easier for citizens to access the agency’s wide collection of maps – the result of 15 years of fieldwork, validation and consultations with stakeholders and government agencies concerned with the rational use of land resources.

The portal aims to provide baseline information that may be valuable for land resources planning including potential agricultural development and strategic prioritisation of commodities consistent with the national food security programs and climate change adaptations.

According to an official statement, the portal can serve as potential decision-support for better zoning of cropping systems, strategic positioning of agri-support services, establishment of conservation areas, and preparation of disaster mitigation measures and many others.

Though the generous funding support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (WB-GFDRR) and in collaboration with the IT infrastructure assistance from the Department of Agriculture Information Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-ITCAF), maps on landscape, land management, soils and physiography, land limitation, land use and vegetation (present and potential) in analog format can now be downloaded free-of-charge via the DA-ITCAF server.

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