The modernisation of the national base map officially launched in Cotonou

The consortium involving IGN France International/ IGN France and IMAO won the tender for the completion of the Benin national base map. The project officially started December, 16th, 2014 with the organization of the kick-off meeting in Cotonou in presence of the European Union representative in Benin, the Minister of environment responsible for climate change, reforestation and natural resources protection and the UNDP resident representative.


With a total budget of 8.3 million euros (about 5.4 billion FCFA), the PAPDFGC (project aimed to support the preservation and development of gallery forests and production of the digital base map) is funded by the EU European part of the Global Alliance Against Climate Change (AMCC), for a total of 8 million euros (5.2 billion FCFA), and UNDP for a total amount of 300,000 euros (about 200 million FCFA).


This project will consist in the completion of the Benin base map that had not been updated since 1970’s and that no longer reflects the realities of Benin today.

Professionals from many sectors look forward to using the new base map as they daily suffer from the lack of accurate data. Map is particularly useful in many fields such as water resources management, forests protection, road infrastructures development, prevention of natural crisis, biodiversity protection and urban planning…


Once updated the new database will generate the following outputs:

A national coverage in aerial photographs

A detailed Digital Terrain Model

A national coverage in high resolution ortho-photos

Topographic maps at various scales (1:50 000; 1:200 000 and a general map covering the whole country at the scale 1:600 000)

And a geo-information portal in order to disseminate the data


To ensure the successful transfer of know-how, 4 production workshops (image processing, 3D capture, database and mapping) will be deployed on site. A special attention will be given to the recruitment of the local expertise.


The whole production will be carried-out on site in Benin by local operators. The completion of projects with a strong component of local transfer of know-how is the IGN FI trademark. Several similar mapping projects were successfully achieved in Senegal, and in Burkina Faso. Each time, 100% of the production was completed locally.


About IGN France International

IGN France International, created in 1986, is an international subsidiary of the French IGN (National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information). Over the years, the company has shown itself to be a major player in both of its sectors of operations: geographic information (acquisition, processing, and modeling) and geographic information systems (design, implementation and integration). It works on all types of projects in the following fields: § mapping § cadastre and land administration § urban planning § energy § environment § risk management  § water § security/precision work § agriculture.

Find out more about IGN France International’s projects by visiting


About IMAO

IMAO is a private and independent company. It is the European leader in the acquisition of aerial data. It annually produces more than 150,000 photos and 200,000 km² of Lidar data used by mapping companies, surveyors, consulting firms or engineering companies.

It operates in the following areas: § mapping § topography § Planning § GIS § Geomorphology.


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