Solomon Islands now has a new modern mapping system.

A ceremony was held last week to formally hand over a Solomon Island Atlas and a framed map of Solomon Islands to the Solomon Island Government.

Attending the ceremony were A/g High Commissioner, Alison Duncan, Wing Commander Wendy Horder and Warrant Officer Mike Winter from the Australian High Commission; Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey the Hon. Martin Magga, MP., Mr Ronald Unusi, Permanent Secretary; Mr Joseph Pinita, Land Commissioner; Mr Jackson Vaikota, Surveyor General and Mr Jimmy Ikina Mapping Project Manager from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey.

The new mapping system is a result of a mapping project commenced in 2002 by the Solomon Islands Government in cooperation with the Australian Government, under the Australian Defence Force, Defence Cooperation Programme.

As a result of the project the entire Solomon Islands were mapped using the latest technology from aircraft specifically designed to take aerial photographs. Over 150 new maps, aerial photographs and images were created and produced, and over 10 000 copies of the maps were shipped to Solomon Islands during 2007/08.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Land, Housing and Survey, Mr Ronald Unusi commended the completion of the mapping project, which has brought enormous benefit to Solomon Islands.

Press Release (Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands)