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Afghanistan SDI Initiation Program

Client: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Starting Year: 2006

GPC was commissioned by the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) to plan and deliver the first major workshop to introduce the concept of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for Afghanistan.  This meeting was held July 17-20, 2006 at the newly opened Afghanistan Central Statistics Office (CSO) Conference Hall, in Kabul.  The three-day workshop was attended by over 170 people representing over 50 organizations from the Government of Afghanistan (GoA), international aid, security and support agencies, non-government organizations, and institutions of higher education.  The workshop was co-sponsored by the CSO and the Afghanistan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office (AGCHO) under the GoA Office of the Vice-President, and with the financial and technical support of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

A summary document was produced by GPC based on international experience and feedback from Workshop attendees and defines an approach for moving an ASDI Program forward in a manner that addresses both urgent, near-term needs as well as longer term strategic planning and the need for incremental program development over time.  A first discussion draft copy was distributed to all the attendees of the Workshop for further review and comment.  Feedback from this review was used to develop this final document that was then submitted to the National Committee for Statistics and ultimately the Office of the President for adoption as a formal initiative of the Government of Afghanistan.  The decree was formally adopted in 2009.