The project aims to bring major stakeholders together and to develop human and organisational capacity so that the activities can be harmonised and standardised for the efficient maintenance and timely delivery and use of Geo-information for sustainable (socio-economic) development of the country.
The main objective of this proposal is to enhance access to reliable geo-information for sustainable development in Bhutan. Fast and reliable information provision and efficient land use planning benefits social and economic development of Bhutan. A joint National Strategy and plan will positively influence strategic plans of the involved institutions and vice-versa. Data sharing and dissemination amongst major stakeholders improves efficiency and accuracy. It is therefore essential to improve the cooperation of all stakeholders on geo-information provision and management and to develop organisational and human capacities. In developing a joint strategy the program might become a regions best practice for location based governmental services.
By sharing geo-information amongst major service providers and users in the sector, this project is expected to support the policies of Gross National Happiness (GNH) for social, economic and environmental development for the Bhutanese people.
1. Improving governance amongst major service providers in geo-information.
a. Formation of a ‘Golden Triangle’ composed of the National Land Commission (NLC), the Municipality of Thimphu and the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MWHS).
b. Development of a national strategic policy and plan for the use of geo-information in Bhutan by the Golden Triangle in cooperation with major end users particularly the Bhutan Power Corporation;
2. Capacity development in the field of Geo-information science for the Golden Triangle and major end-users particularly the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC);
3. Improved use of geo-information amongst major service providers and end-users particularly Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC).
Government, Land registration
0.1 Inception mission for fine-tuning activities in Bhutan
0.2 Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
1. Improving governance:
1.1 Kick off meeting with all mayor stakeholders on coordinating the use of geo-information in Bhutan
1.2 Advisory services on Institutional Development
- Strategic policy and plan for Geo-information use;
- Revisiting Land policy;
- Strategic Planning for organisational development and information management at NLC and BPC.
1.3 Advisory services on Technical Development
- National standards for geo-information, privacy and data protection;
- Geo-information infrastructure and systems based on e-government efforts;
- Web based systems for maintenance and use of geo-information;
1.4 Joint Workshop on Institutional Development for all stakeholders;
1.5 Joint Workshop on Technical Development for all stakeholders (combined with 1.4).
2 Capacity development
2.1 Short course (1 week duration) in policy development and strategic planning (including design of work processes for Geo-information production; cartographic processing and RS) in Bhutan (20 p.)
2.2 Short course (2 weeks duration) in web-based system for geo-info (including DEM) in Bhutan (20 p.)
2.3 Short course (2 weeks duration) in “Land tools for sustainable development” in Bhutan (20 p.)
2.4 Short course (1 week duration) in land transaction in collaboration with Municipality of Thimphu
2.5 Short course (2 week duration) in GIS for management of electricity grid and other sectors in Bhutan
2.6 Study visit (1 week) to the Netherlands for operational management level Golden Triangle and BPC
3 Improved use
3.1 Advisory mission on the development demonstration version GIS on the use of Geo-information for electricity grid management.
3.2 Demonstration by BPC and NLC to all stakeholders on the use (analysis in ArcGIS or QGIS) of Geo-information.