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SLA director becomes first Singaporean to lead UN geospatial expert group

SLA director becomes first Singaporean to lead UN geospatial expert group

Dr Victor Khoo addressing attendees at a UN Global Geospatial Information Management meeting held in Singapore. (Photo: Singapore Land Authority)

SINGAPORE: A director at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has become the first Singaporean to be appointed as co-chair of the United Nations Expert Group on Land Administration and Management.

Dr Victor Khoo, director of survey and geomatics at SLA, will assume the position for three years starting from August, the authority said in a press release on Tuesday (Sep 27). 

Founded in 2015, the UN Expert Group is represented by geospatial professionals from more than 28 countries across Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. 

Geospatial data is directly linked to specific geographical locations and is usually portrayed on a map. 

The SLA has encouraged adoption of geospatial technologies as part of Singapore's Smart Nation drive.

The statutory board said Dr Khoo's appointment was "strong recognition" of Singapore's achievements in land registration and management and digitalisation of land ownership.

"The appointment also places Singapore at the centre of global geospatial policymaking, and further positions Singapore as a global hub for geospatial innovation and economic activities," said SLA.

As countries work to stave off the impact of climate change, location data obtained through mapping has also proven to be critical in solving such issues. 

Dr Khoo and the Singapore team will share with the UN Expert Group Singapore's experience in 3D mapping of the environment to produce high-resolution geospatial data and 3D city models, said SLA.

These will span initiatives in coastal protection, solar panels deployment and greening. 

"Geospatial technology ... Can help address some of the most pressing climate change issues such as rising sea-levels and coastal damage," said Dr Khoo. 

SLA chief executive Colin Low said investing in geospatial capabilities has "brought social and economic benefits to Singaporeans and (their) businesses". 

SLA said it would continue to explore opportunities to collaborate with the international community, in driving the adoption of geospatial technology to mitigate the impact of climate change. 

Source: CNA/st(jo)


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