In August 2004, His Majesty’s Government
of Nepal (HMGN) and the Commission of European Communities
(EC) launched a project to disseminate the Census 2001
and to establish a National Geographic Information Infrastructure
(NGII) in the country.
The Project Management Unit is located at the Survey Department
in Kathmandu. Main stakeholders are the Survey Department, the
Central Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Local Development,
the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry
of Population and Environment.
The main objectives of the project are the dissemination of the
Census 2001 and to support HMGN in the creation of an infrastructure
to facilitate data sharing of geographic information. More agencies
are expected to participate in this infrastructure, which will
gradually cover agencies within the country that either produce
or use geographical information. The NGII once fully established
will be an enabling platform for geographic information handlings
serving the public and private sector.
The project focuses on technology and human resource development
for data analysis and dissemination of the Census 2001, adding
spatial dimensions by the use of Geographic Information Systems.
Database systems, application programmes and the Internet will
provide an effective platform for user-friendly data access and
data processing. In addition, the project will produce a Census
Atlas in printed and CD format.
The project will as well assist HMGN in the establishment
of the legal and institutional requirements for data sharing and
the development of standards, pricing concepts and copyrights