The Incorporation of Ocean Information into the VanuaGIS Platform
by Ministry of Land & Mineral Resources, Fiji (Government)
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to display information on the Fijian Exclusive Economic Zone, reefs, mangroves, oil exploration sites and seismic activities on the VanuaGIS Oceans, a new version of Fijis National Web Mapping Application.
The VanuaGIS is funded by the Fijian Government and administered by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources to provide a centralized repository of public data linking Lands data with spatial information from other line agencies.
Currently, the VanuaGIS for Land Utilization web mapping application enables authorized users to query for tenures on a parcel; information relevant to access public infrastructure and utility services; or biophysical conditions pertaining to a place. Users can also gauge their options for nearby schools and proximity to economic hotspots. A newly deployed version called VanuaGIS Oceans has been deployed in May 2017, and will be accessible from the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources website. The new application hosts spatial information pertaining to the utilization of oceans within the Fijian EEZ.
The new system will continue to ingest new data while refining existing information areas in consultation with respective custodians. The Lands Department is inviting voluntary contributions of spatial data from other agencies as well.
The application is built on ESRIs web-app builder giving it an ability to be adapted quickly for numerous purposes as it was done for the rapid deployment of VanuaGIS Oceans. The application was also used in the aftermath of TC Winston to disseminate disaster information that assisted teams attending to affected areas.
VanuaGIS has been deployed across 32 organizations and has established connected workflows with users and editors. As the product continues to evolve, advanced functionalities and other value added data will be ingested to aid in national planning and natural resource management.
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
1) By 2018, VanuaGIS Oceans will integrate spatial data on EEZ, Reefs, Mangroves, Oil Exploration Sites and Seismic Activities.
2) Annually, the online platform will ingest voluntarily contributed ocean related data that could assist ocean management planning and conservation efforts.
Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources through Regional and International Donors.
Time-frame: July 2017 - July 2018
Government: Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, iTaukei Affairs Board, iTaukei Lands Trust Board, Department of Town & Country Planning, Fiji Police, Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Fijian Elections Office, Fiji Meteorological Services, Fiji Roads Authority, Water Authority of Fiji and National Fire Authority
Private Sector: Sugar Industry
Regional Organisations: Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Geoscience Division).
Developers and private sector partners
Lia Tuivuya, Senior Geospatial Officer, email@example.com,