National Geographic Institute of Guatemala

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Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN)
Agency overview
Formed December 29, 1964
Preceding agency
  • Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM)
Jurisdiction Government of Guatemala
Headquarters Avenida Las Américas 5-79, Zona 13, Guatemala City
Agency executives
  • Ronaldo Estuardo Arango, Director General
  • Angel Nelson Baldizón, sub-director
Parent agency Ministry of Agriculture
Website www.ign.gob.gt

The National Geographic Institute of Guatemala (in Spanish: Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Ingeniero Alfredo Obiols Gómez" (IGN)) is a scientific agency of the Guatemalan government.

History[edit]

IGN was created on the 29th of December 1964. In the 1930s, cartographic projects were carried out by ad hoc mapping commissions which were primarily responsible for boundary surveys.[1] The Department of Maps and Cartography (in Spanish: Departamento de Mapas y Cartografía) was created in 1945 and followed by the creation of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional in 1964.[1]

In 1982 the agency was renamed to Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM) after a merger with the Military Cartographic Service, and became a dependency of the Ministry of Defence.[2] In January 1998, following the demilitarisation of state institutions stipulated in the Peace Accords, the IGN was reinstated as a dependency of the Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing, and became a dependency of the Ministry of Agriculture in September 2006.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mugnier 2008:815
  2. ^ "Servicio Geográfico Militar - Historia". Ministerio de la Defensa Nacional. Archived from the original on 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  3. ^ "ACUERDO GUBERNATIVO No. 474-2006" (PDF) (22). Diario de Centro América, 27 de septiembre de 2006. 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 

References[edit]

"Servicio Geográfico Militar - Historia". Ministerio de la Defensa Nacional. Archived from the original on 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
Mugnier, Clifford J. (2008). "Grids & Datums - Guatemala" (PDF). Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (July 2008): 815, 822. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
Congreso de la República de Guatemala (2005-07-20). "Decreto 41-2005. Ley del Registro de Información Catastral" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
Congreso de la República de Guatemala (2006-09-27). "Acuerdo Gubernativo No. 474-2006" (PDF) (22). Diario de Centro América, 27 de septiembre de 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
IGN Resumen de actividades