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Kolora Qativi accepted the award on behalf of the Geospatial Science Programme.

Geospatial Science Programme Team

The PTC Tradition and Technology Project was in the spotlight as the regional winner in the ”People and Community” category by the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA).

The awards, run by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), are the only awards for the Asia-Pacific region that recognizes the excellent achievements of both individuals and organizations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry, at a single event.

The Tradition and Technology Project received the prestigious award at the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Conference in November 2018. Project leader Dr. Nick Rollings stated that PTC Projects funding is an excellent example of how assistance can snowball into new and innovative opportunities to the Pacific region, while promoting genuine capacity building at the local level.

Pacific Telecommunications Council provided funding for the Tradition and Technology Project to investigate how cutting-edge geospatial technology could work alongside traditional environmental management practices. This project changed the way we use and disseminate technology,  especially geospatial and UAV technology, for the mapping and analysis of the environment in traditional Fijian settings. USP Geospatial Science has been operating in parallel with field operations and research in Fijian village settings, focusing on village profiling, mangrove ecosystems, mountain rainforest, reef, and lagoon.

To learn more about the awards via SIBA|GITA visit:

To learn more about the PTC Projects, visit:

For a review of the PTC Tradition and Technology Project scope and accomplishments, please read the team’s report here.

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