Canada Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mekong River Commission

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), November 27, 2002 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) that will help Canadian companies working in the environmental and geomatics fields access new markets.

Created in 1995 the Mekong River Commission, which includes Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, manages and finances projects of cooperation between its member countries in all fields of sustainable development including the utilisation, management and conservation of water.

"With this agreement, the Canadian Space Agency reaffirms its commitment to support a competitive space industry in the sectors of the environment and geomatics, while contributing to the social and economic development of Southeast Asia," said Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency.

"We are proud to join the Canadian Space Agency in this integrated vision of sustainable development and to share with another part of the world our leading-edge Canadian geoscience and geospatial data and knowledge," added Irwin Itzkovitch, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada.

According to Joern Kristensen, Chief Executive of the Mekong River Commission, the signing of this agreement paves the way for close collaboration between the MRC and Canada, facilitating the provision of satellite data and products into the region by Canadian industry.

Canadian remote sensing companies including: Hatfield Consultants, RADARSAT International, Noetix Research, Aerde Environmental and Geospatial International as well as the Université de Sherbrooke and the Université du Québec à Montréal, currently have projects in the region.

The MRC plans to use satellite data to monitor a variety of areas, including: irrigation for agriculture, fisheries, the management of drainage basins, maritime transportation, hydroelectricity, the management of domestic and industrial sewage, disaster management, and tourism.

About the CSA Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space Qualification Services; Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

About the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) is part of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. Headquartered in Ottawa, CCRS is internationally recognized for excellence in the use of earth-observation data. CCRS supports an expanding industry sector including world leaders in global ground station, image analysis and radar mapping markets. CCRS is responsible for the reception, processing, archiving and dissemination of remotely sensed data for Canada. CCRS also provides users with real-time access to a wide range of geospatial databases through the Internet.

About the Mekong River Commission The Mekong River Commission is an intergovernmental body created in 1995 by the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam for regional cooperation in all fields of sustainable development and management of the river basin and its resources, with a particular focus on water use and quality, fisheries, navigation and flood management.

Canadian Space Agency
Monique Billette
Media Relations
Tel.: + 1 450 926 4370

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
Willy Bruce
Media Relations
Tel.: + 1 613-996-2648

Mekong River Commission
Delia Paul
Media Relations
Tel.: (855-23) 720 979

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