Sri Lanka: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to assist Sri Lanka’s Survey Department to update and prepare topographic maps with GIS to the national standards, using aerial photography. The available maps for the Northern Province are decades old, and could not be updated due to security conditions during the conflict.
Three new projects to contribute towards the effective and sustainable reconstruction of the Northern Province have recently commenced through grant assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The total grant is approximately 1,619 million Japanese Yen (approx. 2 billion rupees), the JICA release said.
The Project for digital topographic mapping of the Northern Province will assist the Survey Department to update and prepare topographic maps with GIS up to national standards, using aerial photography.
Aerial photography will facilitate the maps to be prepared to the highest quality and with all key details including topographical features, land use and altitude contours. These detailed maps will enable governmental organisations and other development partners to efficiently plan and design the reconstruction and development activities in the province.
The project for development planning for the rapid promotion of reconstruction and development in Jaffna District and the project for development planning for the urgent rehabilitation of the resettlement community in Mannar District will be implemented in close collaboration with the Jaffna and Mannar District Secretariats respectively.