CoAST India launched to monitor the movements of migrants

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  • May 27, 2020
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CoAST India launched to monitor the movements of migrants

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – E-Governance

In News:

  • India Observatory has come up with a Geographic Information System (GIS)-enabled dashboard called Collaboration/Covid Action Support Group (CoAST India) to monitor the movements of migrants.

Key takeaways 

  • The CoAST India dashboard includes an India map, which will show the movement of migrants in real time, often on foot. 
  • Facilities and relief organisations on their routes will also be shown.
  • Such data can be used by governments and small local civil society groups for planning and providing assistance to migrants.
  • The dashboard has been made in collaboration with Foundation for Ecological Security (FES).

Important value additions 

India Observatory 

  • It was set up in December 2019, with FES. 
  • It focuses mainly on ecological issues about forests, water bodies, conservation, etc.
  • It is freely available for civil society organizations, students, government departments and citizens.

Geographic Information System (GIS) 

  • A GIS is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.
  • GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships.
  • GIS can use any information that includes location. 
  • GIS can include data about people, information about the sites of factories, farms, and schools, or storm drains, roads, and electric power lines etc.

Foundation for Ecological Security

  • The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is a registered non-profit organisation based in Anand, Gujarat.
  • It works towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in ecologically fragile, degraded and marginalised regions of the country.

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