A Database on activities and programmes of national mapping agencies in Africa : coverage, physical and human resources, capacity and production, gender participation, data sources
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The important role of mapping and cartographic production in national and regional planning, as well as in the programming of international assistance, has been underscored once and again by scientific and economic personalities However, in many international fora addressing resource information for development, as well as in a number of regional and international working documents, upon which important decisions are made, the status of base-line geographic information in different parts of the developing world is presented and discussed. However, the information is normally quoted from old sources, which in turn originate from fragmented and incomplete surveys. This leads to a distorted view of the situation and, by extension, to the high need for reappraisal in the member States of the status of geoinformation. The last complete survey made by ECA dates back when the status of topographic mapping was presented to the 7th United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Africa, held in Ouagadougou. Since then some minor updating was made based on reports presented to the 8th Cartographic conference and to the meetings of Governing Councils of some ECA sponsored institutions. These reports, yet, do not provide a comprehensive information on total coverage achieved.