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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Asia-Pacific Cooperation on Geographic Information Discussed in Sydney


30 September 1996

A high-level meeting of Asia-Pacific nations in Sydney this week will discuss uniform standards for the region's recorded geographic information.

Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, today welcomed representatives from 20 countries attending the meeting of the Permanent Committee on Geographic Information System infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific.

"Uniform standards will allow a freer exchange of geographic data between the cooperating nations, leading to improved management of the region's environment, resources and development," Senator Hill said.

"Taking maximum advantage of natural resources and understanding the impacts of human activity demands quality geographic information at national, regional and global levels.

"Many nations in the region, including Australia, are now developing sophisticated national geographic information databases to assist government decision-making processes.

"The standardised geographic information concept ensures consistent datasets, enabling nations to easily share vital information where projects cross national boundaries."

The Permanent Committee was set up by the United Nations to help develop an Asia- - Pacific information infrastructure and input to a global information infrastructure.

Mr Brendan Godfrey, Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services (DAS) which includes the national mapping agency, AUSLIG, is leading Australia's delegation at the meeting.

Contact: Brian Stewart, DAS Media Unit, 06 275 3507

Commonwealth of Australia