MoU to facilitate national geospatial platform


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation in establishing a national geospatial platform was signed between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and National Information Technology Center (NITC) of Government of Nepal.

The MoU was signed on 10 December 2013 by ICIMOD’s Director General Dr David Molden and NITC’s Executive Director Mr Anup Baskota. The MoU signals a commitment by the two institutions to assist in capacity building on geospatial information management. 

Photo credit: Narendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

Photo: Narendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

 Realizing the potential of earth observation and geospatial information and its applications for sustainable mountain development, ICIMOD has been promoting integrated and innovative geo-based solutions in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. ICIMOD is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in this effort.

As an implementing agency, NITC was established in 2002 with the state-of-the-art Government Integrated Data Center (GIDC) and has a vision of developing and promoting Information Technology Sector of Government of Nepal. NITC’s main goal is to build a knowledge-based society by supporting knowledge-based institutions and industries as well as promote and develop Information Technology by making it accessible to the general public. 

ICIMOD’s Senior Manager Mr Basanta Shrestha said he was delighted to collaborate with NITC, a legitimate government organization, to strengthen and forge closer partnership in promoting the use of earth observation and geospatial technology.  “ICIMOD will provide NITC with every support to build a national geospatial center for Nepal,” he said.

NITC’s Executive Director Mr Anup Baskota said GIDC is a centralized location for the storage, management, processing, and exchange of data to be used by all entities of the Government of Nepal. “We recognize the increasing importance of space technology, applications, and the use of earth observation and geospatial information for sustainable development,” he said.