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What is Global Map

What is Global Map

AGENDA 21, calling for an action program for addressing global environmental challenges to support sustainable economic development, was resolved at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The "AGENDA 21" clearly announced that geospatial information is critical for understanding the current status of global environment and monitoring its changes. To this end, in 1992, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism began to advocate the Global Mapping concept. The fundamental basis of this concept is to develop global geospatial information through international cooperation.

Global Map thematic data sets provide coverage of the whole land area on earth at 1 km resolution in a consistent manner. Each thematic data set is released to the public in a digital format for easy handling by computer. Its content is equivalent to conventional maps at a scale of 1:1,000,000.

These geospatial data sets are composed of the following thematic layers: elevation, vegetation, land cover, land use, transportation, drainage systems, boundaries and population centers. The data will be updated at approximately five-year intervals to facilitate the monitoring of changes occurring in the global environment.

Global Map data of each country have been released sequentially since the year 2000. At the “Global Mapping Forum 2008” in Tokyo in 2008, land cover and vegetation (percent tree cover) data of their version 1 were released.

Currently, development of Global Map Version 2 has been underway towards its completion in 2012. The outcome document “The Future We Want” of Rio+20 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 clearly states the relevance of global mapping for realizing sustainable development.

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