In Summary
  • County Governments Act, 2012 requires the devolved units to embrace spatial technologies in management of their affairs.
  • According to the CoG, GIS is key in spatial planning and urban development.
  • The platform can also show the state of the environment like forest cover.

Some three counties have begun adopting the deployment of space technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) to facilitate planning and management.

GIS uses location-based data collected via satellites, paper maps, and directly from the field through mobile positioning devices to map out resources for analysis and decision-making

The County Governments Act, 2012 requires the devolved units to embrace spatial technologies in management of their affairs but many are yet to correctly implement this part of the law.

SPATIAL PLAN

Counties are obliged to prepare a 10-year GIS-based spatial plan which will be a component part of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP).

Baringo, Nandi and Vihiga will this week launch their fully operational GIS labs, according to a statement from the Council of Governors (CoG).

Different partners have donated satellite image and GIS software to help the three counties efficiently manage their resources such as forests, water, farmlands, minerals, wildlife and wetlands.

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