Namibia: The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Namibia, launched a NAD (Namibian dollar) 19 million project that entails gathering of aerial and orthophoto images of the country for a better land administration system. The project will help the country in resolving issues related to mapping, planning, land registration, resettlement and agricultural development. The project has been awarded to COWI A/S, a Danish firm, in partnership with Shanyengana and Associates Land Surveyors, a local entity.
The project will deliver coloured digital imagery including panchromatic and infra-red, with applications such as map revision, land-use planning, archaeology, movie production, environmental studies, surveillance and environmental site assessments.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Lidwina Shapwa, the project for the acquisition, processing and development of orthophotos of central Namibia will facilitate mapping and identification of natural resources so as to improve their management and utilisation.
“These images will make valuable contribution in enhancing policy decisions and help us in achieving our national developmental agenda,” Shapwa added.
The project will cover central Namibia between 20 degree south latitude and 24 degree 10 minutes south latitude, covering an area of 320,000 square kilometers.
According to Shapwa, updating National Fundamental Geospatial Datasets is at a high priority in the development budget of the ministry.
Namibia is the first country in Africa that has moved from analogue map to digital map.
Source: All Africa