With more than a hundred participants, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscape and Settlements (BI) celebrated GIS Day this year at the Bengal Centre under the theme “GIS Matters: Geographic Intelligence for a Better World”. Initiated by the National Geographic Society (NGS) and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in 1999, GIS Day has been celebrated globally to ignite the spirit of future geospatial innovators who will push the boundaries of analytical technology enhancing our knowledge in understanding the world we live in.
This year Bengal Institute organised this event inviting geospatial analysts, researchers, academicians, and policy-makers of Bangladesh to share their experiences. The intention was to create geographic awareness, emphasising the necessity of critical analysis of the environment we live in order to make it more liveable and sustainable.
The event was attended by geneticist and science writer Dr Abed Chaudhury, Professor Dr Amanat Ullah Khan, Dept of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka (DU), Professor Dr Sheikh Tawhidul Islam Dept of Geography and Environment, Jahangirnagar University (JU), John William Taylor, Project Director, UNDP, Mohammad Abdul Hadi, Bangladesh Country Representative, ESRI South Asia, MD Zahid Hasan Siddiquee, GIS and RS specialist, Bangladesh and Sazid Ibna Zaman, Mahidol University, Thailand, architect Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Director General, BI and architect Saif Ul Haque, Director Research, BI and was coordinated by Mohammad Arfar Razi and architect Tazrin Ahmed from BI.