Indian EO Programme Strategy A Three Pronged Approach

The Indian EO programme is coordinated at national level by the Planning Committee of National Natural Resources Management System (PC-NNRMS) with Secretary level members from various user departments with a mandate "to integrate

NNRMS will integrate the data obtained through Remote Sensing into the existing system with appropriate technical, managerial and organisational linkages

- NNRMS Mandate 1985

NNRMS will integrate the data obtained through Remote Sensing into the existing system with appropriate technical, managerial and organisational linkages

- NNRMS Mandate 1985

Fig. 1 Indian EO programme addresses National priorities through institutional framework of NNRMS

the data obtained through remote sensing into the existing system with appropriate technical, managerial and organisational linkages". NNRMS is envisaged to provide necessary guidance/support to the user community at Central, State, Academic as well as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to take up various projects of direct relevance to national development, by integrating remote sensing & GIS into the conventional practices (Fig. 1). Towards enabling the adoption, adaptation and absorption of the remote sensing & GIS inputs into the operational user projects, Department of space (DOS) as the nodal agency of NNRMS carries out necessary pilot and pre-investment studies besides providing necessary seed money to set-up appropriate infrastructure, and training & education to build-up necessary human resources capacity at the user end, particularly in the States.

Furthering the goals of NNRMS and supporting information needs of the nation by establishing a reliable observation/imaging infrastructure are the key drivers for the Indian EO programme.

Considering the changing technological and applications dimensions in the country and elsewhere, the NNRMS currently focuses its activities on a 3 pronged strategy with (a) user funded projects meeting the objectives/goals of the user departments/agencies both at the national and regional/local scale; (ii) convergent applications, taking cognizance of the convergence of technologies, integrating satellite communications and remote sensing applications for disaster management and Village Resource Centres (VRC) with the concept of reaching the community directly, and (iii) organising the spatial databases with GIS capabilities and working towards a Natural Resources Repository (NRR) with a front-end NNRMS Portal for data and value added services. It is envisaged that such an integrated approach with closer inter-related horizontal and vertical connectivity will provide an organised data and value added services directly for grass-root level development.

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