Socio-economy & Livelihoods

The application of GIS and RS technologies to the mountain environment involves special considerations and, much depends on the knowledge of particular characteristics and our understanding of how mountain systems work. MENRIS has been working on developing methodologies for applying the technology in portraying the livelihoods of the mountain people in relation the resource base and infrastructure, thus helping for better planning and implementation of development programmes. MENRIS has worked to demonstrate the usefulness of GIS and RS technology through a number of application case studies in to support planning and decision making for the improvement of soc-economic and livelihood conditions. The studies include at multiple spatial scales and cover a number of themes related socio-economic indicators mapping of individual RMCs, development indicators of Nepal, Himalayan trails and tourism study, linguistic mapping of the HKH region, municipal/town planning and geo-database development. MENRIS is also focusing on developing decision support tools and methods for decentralised planning and development for mountain areas at the local level.

Mapping Nepal Census Indicators (Nepali)
This application has been created with an attempt to abstract different socioeconomic indicators at the district level from data gathered in the Population Census 2001. Detail»

Mapping Nepal Census Indicators (English)
This application has been created with an attempt to abstract different socioeconomic indicators at the district level from data gathered in the Population Census 2001, supplemented by other relevant sources, and to provide a trend analysis based on the current and past census data using common indicator variables. Detail»

Himachal Census 2001 Indicators and the Trends
The main objective of this study was to develop an atlas of socioeconomic indicators, mapped district and tehsil-wise, using past and current census data to aid policy makers, development practitioners, and the public at large. Further, trend analysis based on the census data from three consecutive censuses provide a way of visualizing and grasping the changes over a thirty-year period. Detail»

Indicators of Development, Chittagong, 2001
The primary objective of this application is to present the latest socio-economic information on Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) district of Bangladesh in a form of an atlas showing the District/ Upazila (sub-district) wise distribution of selected indicators, together with trends over time. The interactive mapping of CHT region was developed using SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and JavaScript to provide access to different indicators with dynamic mapping capability. Detail»

Mapping Bhutan's Renewable Natural Resources
This interactive mapping application has been created based on the study to develop an atlas of agricultural resources indicators of Bhutan abstracted at the district (dzongkhag) level from the data gathered in the Renewable Natural Resources Census 2002 and supplemented by other relevant sources. The study is the outcome of a collaboration between Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Detail»

Linguistic Mapping in the HKH region
The greater Himalayan region sustains over 150 million people and is home to many of Asia’s most endangered languages. Moving across the region, Afghanistan boasts 47 living languages, Bangladesh is home to 39, Bhutan has 24, China 235, India 415, Myanmar 108, Nepal 123, and Pakistan 72 ... Detail»

Discover Dolpo Region - Great Himalayan Trail
EXPLORE: DISCOVER DOLPO REGION Dolpo in West Nepal is located inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park toward the north of Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan Plateau. The national park is a preserved ecosystem of plants and wildlife that includes the rare blue sheep, gray wolf and snow leopard. The view of the Kanjiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake and the Dhauligiri massif are the rewards of trekking to the Dolpo region. Detail»

Tsum Valley, Gorkha – Tourism Mapping
Our vision is to enable the connection between people to local content, people to local business. This allows users to access not just maps; but much more rich information about the community they live in, about the places they want to visit and about the events they want to join. In addition, trial side photo, 3D textured models will provide additional tool for people to use maps to share their knowledge, information, and experiences. Detail»

GIS Functionality Improves Municipality Planning
The Interactive Mapping CD ROM has been prepared as a companion to the book GIS for Municipal Planning – A Case Study from Kirtipur Municipality. The case study was designed to demonstrate how GIS can provide a useful tool to support municipal planning processes and decision-making. The complete published report is included in this CD in pdf format and can be viewed using Acrobat Reader. All the data developed for the study are provided on the CD together with GIS software that allows viewing and exploration in map form. Detail»