New 1/200,000 scale baseline mapping for Mali: The end-of-project seminar will be held on 29th September

The European Union called on IGN FI in October 2012 for a project to rework Mali’s 1/200,000 scale national topographic map, create derived projects and services and modernize the Geographic Institute of Mali (IGM).

This project was financed by means of the 10th EDF (European Development Funds) and had a dual objective:

  • Creating a national reference database to be used as a basis for producing the country’s new 1/200,000 scale topographic map as well as a complete set of derived products and services,
  • Guaranteeing the transfer of a complete range of skills to personnel thanks to support from the Technical Assistance provided.

This reference system shall constitute the foundation for production work on thematic data by the various institutions in Mali.

After four years’ work, this project to rework Mali’s 1/200,000 scale maps officially comes to a close at the end of September 2016.

An end-of-project seminar will be held on 29th September 2016 at the Azalaï Salam de Bamako hotel.

Organized under the auspices of the Ambassador for the European Union and the Ministry for Equipment, Transport and Development, this event has several objectives.

It will of course, look back at all the project’s technical components and share the knowledge gained over the past four years by presenting an in-depth analysis of the project’s key factors for success and the difficulties encountered by those involved.

Those who helped to produce the geographical information will be present as well as its users in order to exchange on the new applications that have been developed from the data produced by the IGM for this project.

Over and above the 118 maps that were produced, the creation of various derived products will provide users in Mali with concrete tools to help the country’s development: digital maps, vectorial databases to scales of 1/200,000 and 1/1,000,000 and a geoportal to share data. It is important to highlight that several additional products were created as part of the training given to users:

  • A large-scale vector database for land occupation using photo-interpretation of Spot 6 satellite images (resolution of less than 2 metres),
  • Maps of the country’s 28 most important towns (mainly the principal towns of regions and circles in the ‘secured’ areas).

Thanks to the implementation of a system to ensure the transfer of real skills to the IGM (Geographical Institute of Mali), 100% of production work was carried out by the IGM’s technical staff working at the IGM offices in Mali.

The last element of the project is an interactive exhibition which completes the services provided during this project. Visitors will be able to visualize two maps of the same area for example, one before work and the second after with the new sections produced during the project.

Several demonstrations will also be given by IGM’s technical staff in order to illustrate several elements: the Geoportal, the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and mapping.

A workshop will enable visitors to gain a better understanding of the interest in digitalizing old aerial photos, particularly for applications concerning town planning, the evolution of vegetation cover and issues concerning the country’s borders.

This seminar will also of course be a good occasion to obtain a new map of the country. More than 100,000 copies of this new map were printed at the IGN premises in France over the summer of 2016 and sent to Mali in early September.

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