The Papua New Guinea Resource Information System (PNGRIS) is a micro-computer-based georeferenced
database containing information on natural resources, population distribution, rural land use, small-holder economic activity and land use potential (Bellamy 1986). It is compiled at 1:500 000 scale for approximately 5000 Resource Mapping Units (RMUs) covering the entire land area of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Two potential applications of PNGRIS are:
1) identification of areas of PNG which, given certain criteria, would be suitable for particular types of land use, and
2) determination of the most suitable type(s) of land use for specific land areas.