Canada’s District of North Vancouver was among the winners of the UN-Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction at a ceremony at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.
The District of North Vancouver, which experienced a landslide in 2005, also received $12,500. Mayor Richard Walton impressed delegates at the Global Platform with his presentation on the city’s GIS (Geographic Information System) website, where the public can access mapping, census, land, environmental, zoning, buildings and other valuable information that is stored in the district’s GIS. The city’s stated goal is to provide “as much information where possible to our community.”
Mr. Walton told the UN News Centre that the information gathered through the use of the GIS on the land and buildings in the area had enabled engineers to identify 30 properties that needed remedial measures to make them less vulnerable in the event of another landslide or similar disaster.
“We have been able to determine levels of risk, risk tolerance levels, and take mitigation action,” he said.
VietNam's own mapping service is expected online later this year. Those maps will be the only correct ones, so the Bureau behind them offers help for users of other services.
For wrong information about Vietnam’s sovereignty on online maps supplied by Google Map and National Geographic, the Vietnam Mapping and Measurement Bureau has added explanations and instructions for users of online maps of Google and National Geographic.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on May 16 released an updated map showing the predicted radiation exposure for a year ending March 11, 2012, in areas near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.