Bulgaria celebrates GIS Day 2021 with online conference on 17 November

How GIS can help achieve the Green Deal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – find the answer during the largest GIS event in the country.

Sofia, November 5, 2021 ­–  An online conference will be held on November 17 on the occasion of the World Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, where leading international and Bulgarian experts will present the latest developments, solutions, and good practices in the field of Geospatial Technologies and their application in various fields.

The main focus of the forum’s program will be the use of GIS for sustainable development and in particular how GIS supports the implementation of the Green Deal. Chris Steenmans, Head of Data and Information Services at the European Environment Agency, will take part in this session to show the agency’s vision of the role and importance of geodata and technology for the Green Deal. The leading international expert will present Europe’s progress towards a green transition and how GIS can help move towards a sustainable Europe.

Among the international speakers who will take part in the World GIS Day in Bulgaria is Stephen Keppel, co-founder of the UN Sustainable Development Data Alliance and President of the PVBLIC Foundation, who will demonstrate the application of GIS to create hubs, better cooperation and coordination towards achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

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A special panel of the forum will include good practices in the use of GIS technologies and implemented systems by leading organizations in Bulgaria, including the Ministry of Environment and Water, Sofiaplan, Overgas and others. Traditionally, the online forum will feature live demonstrations of the latest capabilities of GIS technologies for cadastre, environment, utilities, health, security and public order, agriculture, local government, territorial development, transport, e-commerce management and others.

As part of the celebration of GIS Day in Bulgaria, Esri Bulgaria – the official host and organizer of the event for the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science held the first National educational competition for stories with digital maps entitled “Digital stories from school and university “. The winners will be announced within the online forum.

“For more than 20 years, we at Esri Bulgaria, together with our partners, have been developing and validating the World GIS Day in our country, providing a platform for the exchange of experience, good practices, and ideas on how the achievements of GIS technologies can be applied effectively in various fields”, said Evgenia Karadjova, General Manager of Esri Bulgaria. ” Today, the challenges before us are greater than ever – from the climate change, through healthcare to energy and the economy. Faced with these challenges, together with more than 70 countries, on November 17 we will mark World GIS Day, showing how Geospatial Technologies help us fight for a better and more sustainable world for us, people, and the world. Today, time demands that we work together in the field of GIS, in support of society and for a better future. “