UN-HABITAT and the Lebanese Army have concluded a cooperation framework to promote and further develop nationwide Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using satellite photographs from space.
“In light of the common areas of interest of making available accurate and up-to-date geographic data and turning them into sound human settlements plans, UN-HABITAT and the Directorate of Geographic Affairs (DGA) – Lebanese Army concluded a cooperation framework to promote and further develop the nationwide GIS and mapping tools available within the DGA,” a joint statement said.
According to the statement, the DGA is providing the necessary support to UN-HABITAT recovery project in Southern Lebanon with the aim of establishing three Local Urban Observatories in towns of Tyre, Bint Jbeil and Jabal Amel.
Under this cooperation framework, UN-HABITAT co-sponsored the DGA Fourth Arab Conference for Geographic Names held in Beirut on June 22 – 27, 2008. UN-HABITAT took part in the parallel exhibition event where publications and documents were displayed and distributed to more than 100 attendants
The agency is undertaking a series of recovery projects in Lebanon to respond to the massive destruction caused by the July 2006 war. The “Good Governance for Post-War Reconstruction” project is a comprehensive program co-funded by the Dutch, Cyprus and Finnish governments with a total budget amounting to EUR 1.8 million.
Its main goal is to strengthen the capacities of local authorities, the union of municipalities and community representatives to plan, guide, monitor and control the overall reconstruction process of the 21 towns and villages hit in the raids.