The Central Informatics & Communications Organisation (CICO), represented by the GIS Directorate, participated in Bahrain International Green Tech-Expo 2012, which was held during the period 12th – 15th of March 2012 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center. The Expo was held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife (PMEW).
CICO had a significant presence in the exhibition, where various key services offered by the GIS Directorate has been demonstrated. The experience of CICO in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS) has been highlighted and the achievement in the Bahrain Spatial Data Infrastructure Portal (BSDI) has been displayed. The Agricultural Survey Project to determine the type and area of all crops in Bahrain, carried out by using Satellite Images has also been show cased in the exhibition. Apart from these videos of Spatial Technologies including Satellite Images and several other projects successfully implemented by the GIS Directorate, CICO were shown to the delegates and visitors. The CICO stall received substantial number of visitors who took advantage of the show cased materials to gain tremendous amount of insight and experience on the Spatial technology and the services on offer from CICO. It portrayed the high level reached by the management of Geographical Information System in CICO at a local, regional and International Level. Several meetings were held with marginal participants in the conference who benefited from CICO’s practical experience in the field of GIS & Remote Sensing
In this context, Engineer Khalid Abdul-Hamid Al Hammadi, Chief GIS, CICO, said that the Bahrain International Green Tech-Expo and Forum 2012 organised by PMEW in cooperation with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is very important for the country and its citizens. The event has been organised for the first time in Bahrain and its importance and success is clearly visible from the huge level of participation by public sector, private sector and Research & Academic Institutions. It also confirms the importance of Green Technology and its direct impact on the environment and sustainable development.