The Grant Agreement for the Project for the Development of the Digital Topographic Map was signed between the Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission and the Chief Representative of the Japan International
Cooperation Agency on 12 November 2021.
The objective of the project is to enhance disaster prevention countermeasures and natural resource management, by maintaining the geo-spatial information for
The Project will be implemented with the National Land Commission Secretariat by developing the digital topographic maps of northern and central region (1:25,000 scale) and major cities (1:5,000 scale), thereby contributing to reduce the
vulnerability against disasters caused by climate change in Bhutan. JICA has also developed the 1:25,000 digital topographical map for 11,000 sq km in the southern region of the country, covering the eight southern dzongkhags. The Technical Cooperation Project which was also completed in 2018, also helped to develop the capacity of the officials of the NLCS, in areas of control point survey, field identification, aerial triangulation, digital plotting, editing and GIS data analysis, in addition to providing the digital topographic maps.