Floods in the Fiji archipelago (Image: AusAID)

A major regional geospatial information system and other innovative risk assessment tools are being developed to assist Pacific Island countries to undertake evidence-based decision making in development planning and finance as was announced during a four-day workshop from 9 to 12 June 2015 in Suva, Fiji with the participation of Pacific region government representatives and development partners.

Such instruments are being developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and are funded by the Japanese Government and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Apart from rapid impact estimation tool, one of the main products is the Pacific Risk Information System (PacRIS), which contains detailed, country-specific data on assets, population, hazards and risks and uses multiple applications, such as the Pacific risk insurance pilot. It has already been used by Tonga and Vanuatu and uses open and free... read more

Publishing Date: 12/06/2015
Tropical Cyclone Wilma raged over the Pacific Ocean

Fiji's Minister for Lands, Mere Vuniwaqa, stressed the importance of using geospatial technology in urban and regional planning, as well as climate change and green growth, as the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Vuniwaqa commented on the potential uses space-based technology could have in the management and strategic decision making in various areas that are relevant for development. According to her, geospatial technology could be of great usefulness for sectors such as agriculture, disaster management, land management, public utility management, town and regional planning and tax collection as well as elections.

The declarations were made during the first high level Geospatial Information Management Conference. The conference aimed at propagate and promote the use of geospatial technology in the developmental projects of the country.

Publishing Date: 20/11/2014

NASA satellites have been monitoring Tropical Cyclone Evan and providing data to forecasters who expected the storm to intensify. On Dec. 13, Evan had grown from a tropical storm into a cyclone as NASA satellites observed cloud formation, height and temperature, and rainfall rates.

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed above intensifying tropical storm Evan in the South Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1759 UTC (12:59 p.m. EST/U.S.). An analysis of Evan's rainfall from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and Microwave Imager (TMI) showed that Evan already had an eye-like structure at the time of that TRMM orbit. Evan would later develop an eye on Dec. 13.

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Evan after it had attained cyclone status on Dec. 13 and two instruments provided insight into what was happening with the storm.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured... read more

Publishing Date: 14/12/2012

UN-SPIDER supports the response efforts to the recent floods impacting Fiji. Intense and continuous rains brought on by tropical depressionTD17F caused flooding in large parts of Fiji. In some places more than 300 mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours since the early hours of 30 March and subsequent flash flooding caught many by surprise. Three deaths had been registered so far. As of 31 March 2012 49 evacuation centres (of which 31 schools) with in total more than 3700 people, approximately half of which are children, had been operational in Ra (4), Tavua (5), Ba (14), Lautoka (10), Nadi (8) and Sigatoka (8). The situation is being considered worse than the recent flooding in January 2012, as more areas are flooded. Deterioration of the situation can be expected as further weather systems accompanied by heavy rains are expected to affect Fiji. At the requested of OCHA Sub-regional Office for the Pacific and in close coordination with the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division... read more

Publishing Date: 02/04/2012

Advisory Support

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is made up of approximately 330 tiny islands - of which roughly 100 are inhabited - encompassing about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is exposed to a variety of hazards including tropical cyclones which trigger both floods and storm surges, as well as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, drought, and other coastal hazards. In the aftermath of the cyclone and floods in December and January 2009, the Government of Fiji requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission.

Mission dates: 30/11/2009 to 03/12/2009


The 2016 Pacific Islands GIS & RS User Conference will be conducted at the USP ICT Auditorium in Suva, Fiji Islands.  The theme of this 2016 conference is Improved Image Data / Improved Maps.  The conference will take place between 28th November and 1st December 2016.  The conference will encompass a variety of topics including GIS softwares, new satellite technologies, spatial data platforms, UAV/LiDAR applications and cutting edge developments.   The conference will include technical presentations on a variety of GIS and RS topics,social events and GIS and RS related workshops on 2nd and 3rd December 2016. 


Since the inception of Pacific GIS/RS User Conference in 1999, this annual event has attracted a lot of participants. Each year the range of GIS/RS technologies presented cover an array of applications including the management of resources of the small island Pacific nations. Shallow water bathymetry derived from satellite imagery, forest function maps to identify areas for to be protected, areas identified for developments in flood zones are some of the applications where the development of GIS/RS in the region have been applied in various sectors.

The 2015 Pacific GIS\RS User Conference will be held at the USP Japan ICT Auditorium, Suva, Fiji and the theme for this year’s conference is ‘Bridging Information Gaps by Creating Smarter Maps.’

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