Mozambique: Agriculture Ministry of Mozambique signed a cooperation protocol with Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, an Anglo-Australian group, for installing and maintaining permanent GNSS stations in the country. These stations will ensure improved GPS signals which will allow for more effective and precise geo-referencing in the country.
National Cartography and Tele-detection Centre (Cenacarta) will manage the protocol agreement. The protocol is intended to define methods of technical and scientific cooperation to install, use and maintain permanent satellite stations in Mozambique.
Mozambique’s current GNSS network is limited and has only four permanent stations installed in the cities of Maputo, Inhambane, Nampula and Pemba. Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, which already has its own station operating in Tete, will hand over its management to Cenacarta.
The second phase of the protocol agreement focuses on installing stations at Beira, Quelimane and Lichinga and is scheduled for completion at the end of the year and will provide coverage of the whole of Mozambique.
This initiative is essential for improving geographic data collection to develop structured plans for urban planning, control of dredging and other activities in Mozambique.