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Turks and Caicos through the DDME Celebrates GIS Day 2016; Discovering the World through GIS

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, November 11th, 2016 (DDME) - The DDME will observe for the first time in Turks and Caicos Islands, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, 16th November 2016, at the DDME Conference Room, 1316 Customs Complex, Off Leeward Highway, Providenciales from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The media is encouraged to attend.

Geographic Information Systems or GIS Day is an international event that celebrates and recognize the innovative ways in which GIS technologies are used to provide increased efficiency and the delivery of critical services to citizens by government agencies and private corporations. This technology is employed to address problems and challenges in many critical areas including emergency response, environmental protection, health care, public works, zoning and land use, business site selection and many other areas.

In the TCI, students and teachers from the High Schools in Providenciales will be visiting DDME; which will be transformed into an interactive geography zone for a day of hands on learning. Activities are designed to show students practical applications for GIS and will feature displays by businesses that employ GIS in their daily operations. Businesses that will be featured at this event include: Fortis TCI, Provo Water Company, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and Survey & Mapping Department.

By observing GIS Day in Turks & Caicos, students will learn how the geography that they are learning in school and new technology can work together to save lives, monitor hazards and benefit society. It is DDME’s objective to get students excited and open their eyes and mind to the possibilities of careers involving geography, disaster management and other areas in emergency response.

For more information about GIS Day 2016, please contact Mike Clerveaux, Hazard Mitigation Officer at 338-4034 or email him at [email protected]. You may also view the Department’s website at www.gov.tc/ddme, Facebook page at www.facebook.coom/TCI.DDME and Twitter page at twitter.com/DDMETCI.

Contact : Andrea Been
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone #: 649 946 2801 Extension 11904
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCI.DDME
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDMETCI
Skype: ddmegt

 

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