Specialists at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment’s Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT) will head a project aimed at laying the foundations for the creation of a national environmental information system during the period 2017-2021.

The project, presented under the title “InfoGEO” during the 8th Environmental Management Congress, taking place in the framework of the 11th International Convention on Environment and Development, which closes this Friday in Havana’s International Conference Center, seeks to collect and integrate all the available information related to the environment in the form of maps, plans, monographs, databases and technical reports, from various Central State Administration agencies.

As Dr. Yoel Cuzán Fajardo, IGT deputy director of technology, informed Granma, the future materialization of the system will mark an essential step in ensuring the distribution and access at a local and national level of such a large amount of data, thus favoring better territorial development planning and decision making for the sustainable management of the Cuban environment and its natural resources.

He also stressed that the technology required to process such information will be provided in coordination with the Ministry of Communications, while pilot testing of the project will begin in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Matanzas.

InfoGEO will see the participation of professionals and technicians from institutions belonging to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment’s Environment Agency, and financing from the Global Environment Fund.