[SDI-Africa] Ghana geospatial mapping priorities for 2011 budget
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Ghana geospatial mapping priorities for 2011 budget
Mr. Collins Dauda, Ghanian Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, speaking at
the opening of the 2010 annual Land Surveyors Seminar on the theme: "National
Navigation Systems; A Tool for Sustainable Development for a Better Ghana (25-26
August 2010)," assured the Surveyors in attendance of bright prospects. He
indicated that the Government of Ghana has begun negotiations for the extension
of the Land Administration Project for three years to undertake the preparation
of base-maps, covering Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Western regions.
Mapping of other regions would be undertaken under different projects.
The rest of the projects include mapping the whole country at a scale of
1:50,000, mapping of seashore across the coastal line; railway network corridor;
the Volta River Authority GRIDCO; network across the country and provision of
large scale mapping at 1:2500.
Other projects earmarked are development of a mapping policy, a geodetic
reference network policy and national spatial data infrastructure policy;
conversion of all analogue parcel data to digital parcel format; boundary
demarcation for customary owners and street addressing and house numbering for
Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
The Minister said all streets and houses will have a unique name and number
respectively by the end of 2012, and that, "Government would depend largely on
the co-operation and support of Land Surveyors and the [Ghana Institution of
He said these projects would ensure an up-to-date spatial data, which would be
made available for sustainable development, noting that, the last time "Ghana
was mapped was in 1974 and that government will want to reverse this trend,
under the Better Ghana Agenda and needs the total collaboration, dedication and
support of Land Surveyors."
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