GIS in Georgia (Caucasus)

Georgia, the country in the Caucasus, has a population of some 5 million. It is a partly mountainous country. In 2013 a World Bank ICR document on Georgia  (ref. 1417) said that

“The market for sophisticated information management systems  (e.g., GIS-based Road Asset Management System, RAMS)  may be too small in a country which is small and in a transition stage”

 In 2003 ICIMOD published a document on an application of GIS  in Nepal (ref. 466). Nepal is a partly mountainous country and has a population of some 27 million persons.

In 2013 the National Land Commission of Bhutan organised a Bhutan Geographic  Information System User Conference (see here). Bhutan is a  mountainous country with a population of around 0.7 million.

Nepal and Bhutan are comparatively poor countries, and also in a transition stage. I would argue that these days GIS and RAMS are not “sophisticated” techniques, and that Georgia is not really too small or too inappropriate a country for their use.

References

466   – Nepal, “GIS for municipal planning, a case study from Kirtipur Municipality” ICIMOD 2003

1417 – Georgia, “Implementation, completion and results report for a first East-West Highway Improvement Project”, World Bank, 2013

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About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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