Israel, China to Map the World


israel-chinaSurvey of Israel – the National Agency for Geodesy, Cadastre, Mapping and Geographic Information – has signed an agreement for cooperation with the Chinese government’s Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. The deal was signed as part of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) convention which is being held in Eilat this week and is attended by some 600 representatives from Israel and more than 60 other countries. The deal signed Monday was an agreement on principles for the cooperation, which will be defined in detail during talks held in the near future. This was the first agreement of its kind to be signed between the Chinese Mapping Center and a Western body.

The agreement will lead to technological cooperation between the two countries in all mapping fields, including mapping via satellite, mapping of the earth, satellite mapping for GPS, mapping of automatic processes related to geographic processes, real estate mapping, etc.

The head of the Chinese organization stressed that one of its main goals was to sign similar agreements with the West. The director of Survey of Israel briefed the Chinese guests on the fields the center deals with, and future cooperation was discussed.

FIG is comprised of about 400,000 members from 100 countries in some 120 associations. Israel has some 1,000 surveyors authorized by Survey of Israel, who engage in the surveying of all things related to landed property and open space.

{Yair Israel}