Extending support for NSDI development in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is exposed to a range of natural hazards, particularly weather-related phenomena such as hurricanes, winds, storm surges, and heavy rainfalls leading to wind damage, flooding and landslides. In addition, climate change related impacts are expected including shifts in precipitation patterns, more intense storms, increased hurricane intensity and sea- level rise. These unavoidable adverse natural events and consequences of global warming are coupled with the fact that the majority of the population and major economic activities are situated on, or near the coastline.
The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) recognizes that geospatial data is an important asset that can be used for policy development and execution regarding natural disasters. As such it is an indispensable element of effective governance and decision-making. It is in this light that GoSL has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is the Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in St. Lucia. This is part of a program (DVRP) funded by the World Bank.
Following up on the first NSDI development project in St. Lucia in 2019, concentrating on the legal and business analysis and reflected in a change implementation strategy, the World Bank has awarded the extension of this project to the consortium of Kadaster and KU Leuven.
The focus this time is on assisting in the different NSDI implementation aspects. The 5 areas of implementation support are:
- the organizational reform by operationalising a dedicated GIS or NSDI unit, including capacity building
- developing an IT architecture and – team
- making national datasets available on the geoportal, including metadata
- strong interaction with stakeholders and users by creating some show cases
- and finally drafting the NSDI policy for decision makers
1 February 2022 – 31 March 2023
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