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This morning the SPC GSD team attended the official launch of the Police GIS Crimes Database at the Fiji Police Force HQ complex.Fiji Police

The Police Department's GIS Project Leader, Actg ASP Eseta Lewabeci the OC Stats, will be presenting at the Pacific GIS/RS Conference next Wednesday at 11:00am at the USP Japan-Pacific ICT Centre.

The Police GIS Crimes Database would be a first for a law enforcement agency in the Pacific to branch out into this domain, and their perspectives may provide valuable learnings for the Pacific region.

At the GIS Crimes database launch this morning, the Police Commissioner's representative, ACP Biu Matavou, on behalf of the Commissioner said that it was a major milestone for the Fiji Police Force and that they were grateful to the SPC Geoscience Division of the Pacific Community for the generous and overwhelming support shown to officers throughout the year which enabled them to get the Geographic Information System up and running.

He also stated that the project was long overdue because as an institution that relied heavily on information and intelligence driven strategies to prevent crime, the advent of modern day technology was something they should have taken advantage of sooner. Especially if the system helped in instant crime analysis, deployment techniques, active enforcement of trivial crimes, monitoring of emerging patterns, and accountability programs for law enforcement managers.

The Police Commissioner's statement also highlighted that an option seriously being considered was investment in technology.

He also stated that with the system launched, the ball was in their court and that they could not afford to let this system sit idle.

As a token of the Fiji Police Force's appreciation to the SPC GSD team, a plaque was presented to them.

Dr Wolf Forstreuter from Pacific-Community-SPC's Geoscience Division acknowledged the wonderful cooperation with the Fiji Police Force and said that Fiji was a forerunner of GIS usage in law enforcement in the Pacific region and they would be looked up to, to provide guidance for other regional law enforcement agencies who may also consider doing the same.

Fiji Police Force officials who were present were: ACP Biu Matavou, CII; SSP Semis Bokadi, Dir CID; SP Eparama Waqa, D/Dir CID; Actg SP Mahen Shyam, D/Dir Plans; ASP Ilaitia Caginavanua; ASP Uate Rogo, Manager IT; Actg ASP Eseta Lewabeci, OC Stats; IP Lagi, Plans Unit; Cpl Pauliasi, Plans Unit; WPC Kinisimere; WPC Seini; Mrs Rasila; Mrs Singh and Ms Ana Naisoro the Media Advisor.

Pacific-Community-SPC representatives present were: Dr Wolf Forstreuter the GIS/RS Team Leader; Mr Sachindra Singh, the Senior Geospatial Systems Architect for SPC's ICT for Development team; Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya a GIS/RS Specialist and Elenoa Diani also a GIS/RS Specialist.



2016 Conference Workshops

(2nd December)


These workshops are availble to all conference participants. Please submit your Names and which workshops you would like to attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or Vilisi Tokalauvere.

Workshop Discussion Topic
Field to Web via QGIS and QFields
Marco B
Water Coference Room, GSD Office(Directions)
Fundamentals of OpenStreetMap
Nate Smith and Mhairi O'Hara
School of Geography Computer lab, USP (Directions)
Crisis Management for Spatial Teams
Mark Garvey
School of Geograpy Computer lab, USP(Directions)

Workshop 1 Directions


The Field to web Via QGIS and QFields workshop will be held at GSD. Intrested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 

Workshop 2 Directions

The Fundamentals of OpenStreetMap Workshop workshop will be held at School of Geography, Computer Lab, USP. This is located at the universities lower Campus. Intrested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 


Workshop 3 Directions



The day long course is delivered as six lectures, two personal exercises and two group exercises. Participants will gain access to all course materials, starter kit templates and a number of noteworthy presentations and references. The Crisis Management for Spatial Teams workshop will be held at School of Geography, Computer Lab, USP. This is located at the universities lower Campus. Interested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 


Nate Smith and Mhairi O'Hara 

18 November 2016

Suva, Fiji – Experts from around the world will gather in Suva, Fiji, later this month to exchange innovation in the use of satellite data, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), open source software and other tools that assist decision-making in land use and disaster management.

Recent developments in technology and practices to improve maps and data that support sustainable development and economic growth will also be at the forefront of discussions at the upcoming 17th Pacific GIS/RS (Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing) User Conference, co-hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC), The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Fiji’s Ministry of Lands.

The largest of its kind in terms of Pacific Islands region participation, this week-long conference (28 November - 1 December) will bring together producers and users of geospatial data and information such as representatives from Pacific Island governments, international agencies, consulting companies and the private sector.

When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by 193 countries in September last year, the United Nations stressed the importance of increasing the availability of high quality, timely and reliable data  (e.g. population and health), disaggregated by geographic location.

Experts stated that geographic information about people and the planet is critical for better decision making and using resources more wisely as this will be an indispensable element in achieving the 17 global goals.

Geospatial, or geographic information shows where social, environmental and economic conditions occur.

It helps answer questions such as: where are people at risk of rising sea levels and climate change? How do we protect people living there? How many hectares of forests are there? Are we managing them sustainably? How do we manage natural resources in an effective and sustainable manner? How do we assess impacts of hazards and assist disaster planning, preparedness and response activities for Pacific Island Countries?

“The Pacific can greatly benefit especially from the collective wisdom of the scientific and technical practitioners in remote sensing and GIS technologies,” SPC Geoscience Division Director, Professor Micheal Petterson, said.

“This conference connects the Pacific region with the expertise and global development challenges and solutions of scientific organisations in larger regions.

“Linking the wider Pacific geospatial community with these international technical agencies demonstrates development and scientific leadership from the Pacific Community,” Prof Petterson added.

Financial contributions from satellite data and GIS/RS software vendors, regional and international partner agencies, USP and the Fiji Government, have allowed participation of Pacific Island nationals, stakeholders and partners at this conference.

“We are delighted to support the Pacific Islands GIS/RS community to improve the sustainability and resilience of our Pacific Island countries. I wish the conference great success,” The University of the South Pacific, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra said.

The Pacific GIS/RS User Conference has been held annually since 1999.

Media contacts:

Wolf Forstreuter, Geoscience Division, Pacific Community (SPC)                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sachindra Singh, Geoscience Division, Pacific Community (SPC)                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Lowry, School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, USP      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Vuibau,T. (2016, November 19). Exchange of Information. The FijiTimes, p. 45. Retrieved from

November 19, 2016 

The development and fine-tuning of application of Geographic Information Systems for Pacific Island countries will be an important component of the Pacific Islands GIS/RS Conference 2016.A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth's surface.GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map.This enables people to more easily see, analyse, and understand patterns and relationships.

Scheduled from November 28 to December 2, the conference will host 20 Pacific Island countries, scientists, satellite data companies and software companies to an exchange of information.And Dr Wolf Forstreuter, head of SPC's GIS/Remote Sensing Unit says the conference will give Pacific Island participants the chance to discuss GIS in the Pacific context."Application of GIS and remote sensing works well in the United States and in Europe but needs adaptation for the Pacific," he said. He explained in the Pacific GIS also had marine applications and could also be used for accurate demarcation of land and also when searching for minerals and monitoring forest degradation.

"In the Pacific, we also need data that is atmospherically corrected because you have more moisture in the air compared to United States or Europe. "Because you are in the middle of the ocean, a little hill creates cloud cover and you see this when you are outside how in Suva you have 50-100m elevation and you have cloud building."

Dr Forstreuter said another important session would include the Open Sourcing of GIS software. "Open source software is replacing propriety GIS software and it's essential Pacific Island countries often have difficulties to maintain software. "It's very expensive and we have a development where open source software can do exactly the same like propriety software and we are promoting this to keep sustainability in Pacific Island countries."A big part of the conference is the introduction of new satellite image data and satellites where we here at SPC are the hub of the Pacific."

The conference is being organised by USP, SPC and the Department of Lands with GIS software companies also contributing significantly."Many companies are interested because there is no other area where they can address so many users. And that's why companies are paying for the conference."SPC contributes, USP contributes, Lands Department contributes to the conference but the main contribution comes from companies who use this as a hub to get to service Pacific Island countries."

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08:00-08:50 Registration ---------------- ----------------
08:50-09:00 Conference Opening Malakai Finau Opening
09:00-09:10 Philip Müller Memorial Address Mike Petterson Opening
09:10-09:20 Wellcome USP Derrick Armstrong Opening
09:20-09:30 Conference Overview Wolf Forstreuter Opening
09:30-10:00 --------------- Morning Coffee --------------- ---------------
10:00-10:15 --------------- Group Photo --------------- --------------- ---------------
10:15-10:35 A journey to Thinking Big Spatially with Big Data Peter Kinne Data
10:35-10:55 The Journey from VanuaView to VanuaGIS Leba Gaunavinaka Data
10:55-11:15 The Launch of WV4 and Combining it with WV3 for Pacific Solutions Abhineet Jain Data
11:15-11:35 Airborne Remote Sensing Applications for the Exploration of geothermal potential Holger Eichstaedt Data
11:35-11:55 VanuaGIS – A Model for the Pacific Phil Woods Data
11:55-12:15 Improved Marine Protect Area Spatial Data Management and Sharing Using Open-Source Solutions Ryan Wright SDI
12:15-13:40 --------------- Lunch--------------- ---------------- ---------------
13:40-14:00 Lessons Learning Using GIS for Emergency Management Kenna Kelly Disaster
14:00-14:20 Conference Overview Wolf Forstreuter Opening
14:20-14:40 Field to Web via QGIS, An Example of OpenSource Possibilities in GIS Marco Bernasocchi SDI
14:40-15:00 Geospatiale Cloud Computing Solution Applied to New Caledonia Forest Monitoring Rémi Andreoli SDI
15:00-15:20 PacSAFE: Rapid Impact Mapping for Disasters Sachindra Singh SDI
15:20-15:40 --------------- Afternoon Coffee --------------- ---------------- ---------------
15:40-16:00 Geoprocessing with Python Jonah Sullivan Data
16:00-16:20 International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing: Serving society with information from images Clive Fraser Organisation
16:20-16:40 Cooperation is the Key, FIG can facilitate Mikael Lilje OUT
16:40-17:00 Usage of an Airborne Multisensor Data for Mapping, Planning and Monitoring of the Interface Between Reef and Coastal Areas – Examples from Fiji and New Caledonia. Veronica Macovei Data
17:00-17:20 Sentinel Satellites as Part of the Copernicus Programme Thierry Catteau Data
17:20-17:40 Local-Area Spatial Information Generation from UAVs Clive Fraser UAV
19:00-? --------------- Cocktail at USP --------------- ---------------- ---------------
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08:40-09:00 Forest Change Detection Fiji 1991, 2001, 2007 and 2012, as Wall to Wall Mapping Vilisi Tokalauvere Forest
09:00-09:20 Evaluation of Sentinel Satellite
Imagery in Modelling the Aboveground Biomass of Mangrove Forest and their Competing Land Uses
Jose Alan Castillo Forest
09:20-09:40 Using Hansen's Global Forest Cover Change Datasets to Assess Forest Loss in Terrestrial Protected Areas Armando A Apan Forest
09:40-10:00 Determining the spread of African tulips in the Nadroumai Area using GIS George Vuki Forest
10:00-10:20 Identification of African Tulip with WorldView 3 Image Data Viliame Tupua Forest
10:20-10:40 Upgrading and Maintaining of the Current Problems Faced by Kiribati Land Information System (KLIS/KLIMS) Reei Tioti Land Use
10:40-11:00 --------------- Morning Coffee --------------- ---------------- ---------------
11:00-11:20 QBOOK- Building GIS Capacity from the Ground Up John Kaitu'u Education
11:20-11:40 Land Cover Change Detection in Fiji Through Collect Earth Ilaisa Senikuraciri Land Use
11:40-12:00 Revised TLTB Land Use Plan for Greater Suva Epeli Nadraiqere Land Use
12:00-12:20 GIS in Land Use and EIA Process Williams P. Ganileo Land Use
12:20-12:40 Transfer of Wealth Through Estate Planning Atonio Takala Land Use
12:40-13:00 Semi Automatic Mapping of Houses Vilisi Tokalauvere Land Use
13:00-14:20 --------------- Lunch --------------- ---------------- ----------------
14:20-14:40 Pacific Geospatial and Survey Strategy PGSC Chair . Geodesy
14:40-15:00 Vertical Reference Frame in the Pacific Andrick Lal Geodesy
15:00-15:20 Tuvalu’s Outer Island Geodetic Survey Faatasi Malologa Geodesy
15:20-15:40 Modernisation Process of a Geospatial Reference System and its Integral Role in Thematic and of Course the Role of PGSC Rob Sarib Geogesy
15:40-16:00 --------------- Afternoon Coffee --------------- ---------------- ---------------
16:00-16:20 Update on USP’s Geospatial Program Year II Aileen Prasad Education
16:20-16:40 GS231: Teaching Cartography and the Role of Peer Assessment John Lowry Education
16:40-17:00 Using 3D Modelling and GIS Tools to Identify Rock Art Andrea Jalandoni Geology
19:00-? --------------- Yaqona Ceremony at USP Bure --------------- ---------------- ---------------
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08:40-09:00 Hydrant Mapping Titoko Cika Utility
09:00-09:20 Analysing Incidents on a Network Ken Mathers Utlity
09:20-09:40 GIS WAF Josua Wainiqolo Utility
09:40-10:00 Census Boundary Revision 2017 Poasa Naimila Utility
10:00-10:20 Polling Venue Locator Application Viliame Vuiyanuca Utility
10:20-11:40 --------------- Morning Coffee --------------- ---------------- ----------------
11:40-11:00 Tracing Linear Networks Ken Mathers Utility
11:00-11:20 GIS Application in Water Resources Assessment and Management in the Pacific Aminisitai Loco Water
11:20-11:40 TC Winston Village Damage Assessment Wolf Forstreuter Disaster
11:40-12:00 A Crash Course in Crisis Mapping Mark Garvey Disaster
12:00-12:20 Inundation Survey Technics Herve Damlamian Disaster
12:20-14:00 --------------- Lunch --------------- ---------------- ----------------
14:00-14:20 Remote Sensing for Disaster Response at Sub­Pixel Level Sandeep Singh Sengar Disaster
14:20-14:40 Inundation Forecasting System Cyprien Bosserelle Disaster
14:40-15:00 Better Planning, Preparedness and Response Thanks to InaSAFE Marco Bernasocchi Disaster
15:00-15:20 An introduction to PARTneR: Pacific Risk Tool for Resilience Kate Crowley Disaster
15:20-15:40 Coastal Inundation from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Cyprien Bosserelle Disaster
15:40-16:00 --------------- Afternoon Coffee --------------- -----
16:00-16:20 Tsunami Evacuation Maps, Evacuation Signs, Information Boards and Sirens for South Santo and South Efate, Vanuatu Morris Jim Harrison Disaster
16:20-16:40 Police GIS Eseta Dumukuro Utility
16:40-17:00 Volume Calculation of Land Slides from Point Cloud Data Captured by UAV Ken Mathers UAV
17:00-17:20 Pacific Drone Imagery Deskboard Nathan Smith UAV
17:20-17:40 Accurate Mapping Using Drones (UAV's) - The Fundementals to Obtain True Photogrammetric Accuracy are Still the Same Richard Russell UAV
17:40-18:00 Mapping of Majuro Atoll Using a Low-Cost UAV Maria Kottermair UAV
21:00-? --------------- Guided Visit through Bars in Suva --------------- ---------------- ----------------
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08:40-09:00 Developing Data Standard for Maritime Boundaries and Limits in the Pacific Filimoni Yaya Marine
09:00-09:20 Enhancing Pacific Ocean Governance Donna Hayes Marine
09:20-09:40 El Nino Coastal Impact Monitoring Program Herve Damlamian Marine
09:40-10:00 The Approach and First Results of a PhD Thesis on the Impact of Terrigenous Inputs in a Tropical Lagoon Through a 3D Hydrodynamic Model and a Measures Network Marion Drouzy Marine
10:00-10:20 Niue Tide Gauge Hubert Kaulani Marine
10:20-10:40 High Resolution Biogeographic Classification of Regional Oceans. Jonah Sullivan Marine
10:40-11:00 --------------- Morning Coffee --------------- ----- ---------------
11:00-11:20 UAV, Tool or Toy? Hervé Damlamian Discussion
11:20-11:40 Open Source Software, Application or Hobby? Marco Bernasocchi Discussion
11:40-12:00 Mapping Forest Degradation Björn Hecht Discussion
12:00-12:20 Detecting Illegal Fishing Steve Masika Discussion
12:20-12:40 Risk Modelling and Impact Forecasting Tools – Challenges and Opportunities Litea Biukoto Discussion
12:40-14:00 --------------- Lunch --------------- ---------------- ----------------
14:00-14:20 Influence of Open Boundary Conditions (OBC) on the Lagoon Circulation of New Caledonia: ILIAC Program Douillet Pascal Marine
14:20-14:40 Pacific Regional Navigation Keleni Raqisia Marine
14:40-15:00 Applications of the Pacific Ocean Portal Molly Powers-Tora SDI
15:00-15:20 GIS Capacity Building in Pacific Island Countries John Tito Education
15:20-15:40 --------------- Afternoon Coffee --------------- ---------------- ----------------
15:40-16:00 Geo for All Edwin Liava'a Education
16:00-16:20 Capacity Mapping of National Geospatial and Survey Molly Powers-Tora Education
16:20-16:40 3 Words to Give Everyone and Everywhere a Simple Address Maurits van der Vlugt Data
16:40-17:00 Characteristics of Mesoscale Eddies in the Southwest Pacific Lydia Keppler Geology
17:00-17:20 Sugar GIS Vasiti Soko Litidamu Land Use
19:00-? --------------- Closing Cocktail at SOPAC --------------- ---------------- ------------------
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09:00-12:00 Workshops
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12:00-17:30 ----- Picnic at Sandbank Suva Reef ----- Commander 1, Iara ----------------
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