Asia-Pacific first-ever collaboration on humanitarian mapping signed
The successful signing of the Framework Agreement Between the Asia-Pacific Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (APR-WOSM) and the Open Mapping Hub - Asia Pacific (OMH-AP) was held on 17 October 2021.
The focus of the framework agreement is to achieve the mission of both Scouting and OMH-AP towards creating and effectively using up-to-date, high-quality map data in humanitarian actions.
This partnership gives promising results to the advancement of humanitarian response. It will help not only in disaster preparedness but the result and data gathered will have an endless use to impact human decision-making worldwide. This will be possible because of the global network of Scouts and the cutting-edge technology of OMH.
APR Regional Director Mr. Jose Rizal C. Pangilinan and OMH-AP Regional Director Dr. Nama Budhathoki signed the framework after enlightening words on how the framework affects the youth and the current social situations in the world.
Open Mapping Hub - Asia Pacific (OMH-AP) is a non-profit organization that applies the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian response and economic development. This opportunity complements the various humanitarian actions of Scouts being undertaken across the region.
Starting in 2021, WSB/APR and OMH-AP will work to achieve eight shared objectives from sharing open-source mapping tools, engaging National Scout Organizations to participate in this partnership, and monitoring the activities of Scouts as defined in the partnership agreement. It also includes the collaboration of both parties on the visibility of this partnership in social media channels.
Asia Pacific Regional Director Mr. Jose Rizal C. Pangilinan said “ this development provides an avenue for all the 30 National Scout organizations in the Asia Pacific and their Scout members. This collaboration is significant in contributing to the global humanitarian mapping community. I am convinced that, with the signing of this agreement today, our 30 million Scouts in the region will get the opportunity to understand open-source mapping and learn how important it is to have access to up-to-date source mapping tools.”
Everyone can echo Dr. Nama Budhathoki in his remarks that when young people are given access to cutting-edge technology, the end result will be revolutionary. It empowers the youth to have more valuable choices and actions to contribute to global decision-making.
“So mapping is not just mapping, it is learning about the world. It is exploring the community or the neighborhood. Mapping is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect to the network and to the society, the place where they live,” said Dr. Nama Budhathoki Regional Director OMH-AP.
Amb. Ahmad Rusdi reiterates that it is high time that this valuable effort of unity between the open mapping and the Asia Pacific is finally made. He said that it is always good to be prepared since his country sits in the ring of fire with 2,291 natural calamities that occurred in 2020 alone. Asia Pacific region has many member countries vulnerable to natural disasters and calamities.
Effective and timely humanitarian mitigations and responses can be achieved since the APR and OMH have shared and optimized their strength through this solidarity, Amb. Rusdi added. Furthermore, it will be a great support in rescue, relief distribution, disaster preparedness, and awareness.
Amb. Ahmad Rusdi finally remarked, “I tell you that this will strengthen Scout and increase the resilience of the communities."
Also present at this momentous event were Regional Scout Committee Vice-Chairmen Hiroshi Shimada and Dr. Somboon Bunyasiri, and other regional leaders. Together with Regional Director Dr. Nama Budhathoki of the OMH-AP were Mr. Bryan Damasco, Partnerships Manager, and Ms. Awantika Pal, Communication Associate.