Ethiopia: In a bid to prepare a national cadastral map, the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) issued tender to conduct aerial photography in digital format and photogrammetric processing in preparation of a base map of the country. The project is to be financed by the government.
The company to be selected is to take aerial photography of 23 major urban areas in regional states including Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Southern as well as in the chartered cities of Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa. The tender, which will stay open until December 15, 2011, was initiated by the Ministry of Urban Development & Construction (MoUDC) which has requested the EMA to produce the base maps on which the cadastral map will be based.
The topographic pictures are needed to register land plots at a national level along with registering real property. The ministry expects to have land information that will help to assess and manage land and the already built structures in the country.
The pictures will be rectangular and measured in fractions, according to Sabit Yasin, data collection and organisation update directorate director of the ministry. “The new national cadastral map will be made by converting the topography of the aerial photography into three-dimensional digital pictures,” he said.
The preparation of the national cadastral map involves the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), the Addis Abeba Land Information Project Office, the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT), as well as the regional states. It is projected to be completed in three years.