Launching of Baringo County Geographical Information System (GIS)Lab
Baringo becomes the first County in Kenya to install and operationalize a fully equipped modern Geographical Information System (GIS) lab at the County headquarters.
While officiating the launch of the facility which was made possible through support fromFood and Agriculture Programme (FAO) and European Union (EU),Baringo County GovernorH.E Stanley Kiptis said that thiswas a strategic investment which will help his administration in land adjudications, planning and mapping the entire county, formulation of land policies and digitization of land registry.
Governor Kiptis applauded FAO and EU for their continuous support especially on issues that enhance effective service delivery since that has always been his passion.
The organizations will also partner with county government to train more personnel on the utilization of GIS facilities as well as sensitize the community on its importance.
EU and World Bank are also key partners in the implementation of livestock and water provision programmes i.e. boreholes, pasture production and construction of Maoi slaughter house and Mogotio Tannery.
FAO Representative in Kenya Dr.Gabriel Rugalema commended Baringo County Government for creating the necessary environment that enabled them being facilitated to establish the GIS lab including employing and training the required personnel and providing a secure office space.
Dr. Rugalema explained that the establishment of the facility will assist County government departments collect geospatial information which will aid in critical decision making on planning,revenue collection and allocations, management of natural resources and create a database for any other pertinent information.
“This is in line with national government’s big FOUR agenda and also in realization of Vision 2030”, He added.
European Union Representative in Kenya David Mwangi said that GIS is not only about lands but will also help in various activities, including spatial plans, CIDP, infrastructure, Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDP),education ,health among other departments of the county.
He urged County governments to set aside land banking for investment as well as set aside county digital resource centresthat will help youth and women access land and land information for investments.
Other Counties set to establish such labs include Nandi,West Pokot,Laikipia,Vihiga, Marsabit and Samburu
CEC in charge of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Elijah Koros expressed his happiness over realization of the GIS Lab saying that it will contribute immensely on mapping of County resources particularly road networks, watersupply structures, digitalization of land registry andcompleting theongoing integrated Urban Development plan (IUDP) of Kabarnet Municipality.
“Our target is to fully go digital as a department to create effective service delivery and efficiency in accessing information by our clients. Currently geospatial information is more accessible and we are planning to carry out sensitization of the general public on the importance of the GIS system” Kipkoros explained.