TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 1993, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (4): 358-373.

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THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Anthony Gar-On Yeh   

  1. Centre of UrbanPlanning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong
  • Received:1992-09-01 Online:1993-10-30 Published:1993-10-30

Abstract:

In the past 10 years,geographic information systems (GIS) have been widely used in urban and regional planning in the developed countries in Australia,North America and Europe.However,the use of G1S in urban and regional planning in the developing countries is limited and still at an early stage of development.This paper examines the current use of GIS in urban and regional planning in the developing countries in Asia.The major hindrances in the use of GIS in the developing countries is related not so much to the technology of GIS but more to data availability,leadership,organization stracture and planning practice.For GIS to be more useful to urban and regional pianning in the developing countries the development of a sustainable strategy in developing GIS and staff training is needed.International assistance agencies and GIS software companies nies can play an active role in making GIS available and usable to the planners in the developing countries.

Key words: Urban and regional planning, Geographic information systems, The developing countries