In the framework of the Simplification and Digital Transformation of Urban Land Administration Project (SIGFU), on Thursday Minister Bruno KONE paid a visit to Abidjan’s Félix Houphouët Boigny airport to see the  specially equipped plane due to acquire aerial photographs and LiDAR.

Overflying the areas of Greater Abidjan and Assinie will enable valuable data to be obtained thanks to the high quality equipment, the precise land details that will be obtained and  processing of the data, providing an up-to-date information base for use particularly by the SIGFU project that is under way at the moment.

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The Prime Minister inaugurated on 18 August the production centre of the project for the simplification and digital transformation of urban land in Côte d’Ivoire. This project was initiated by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Development (MCLU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Budget (MBPF). It aims to accelerate the process of administrative acts, secure urban land and improve the business environment in Ivory Coast.


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Monitoring the dynamics of land use in Guinea using SPOT satellite imagery – Technology transfer for the development of effective decision support tools

Article published in the “Revue Française de Photogrammétrie et Télédétection”, Volume 223 (year 2021), Special Africa issue

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Abstract: How can sustainable agricultural development be reconciled with the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity? To reach such a challenge, political, technical, and socio-economic decision-makers now have access to accurate and valuable environmental information. These include satellite images and environmental data produced from these images. In Guinea, in order to carry out public policies for the sustainable management of territories and natural resources, the government must be in a position to have reliable, consistent, precise, and as recent as possible information on the state and dynamics of its territory (soil artificialisation, agricultural extension, deforestation, mining…) and on the evolution of certain features of the biosphere (forests, savannas, wetlands, mangroves…). To this end, the Guinean Ministry of Agriculture has relied on the French technical expertise to draw up an agroecological zoning for the country, aimed at identifying and quantifying current agricultural areas, assessing agricultural potential, and mapping land cover and land cover change over a 10-year period (2005-2015). This project was implemented over two years in a partnership framework between a team of French thematic experts and a team of Guinean technicians and experts involving a specific organisation and procedure, to ensure a complete transfer of skills on all project activities, from the realisation of a land cover layer to relevant applications in the field of agriculture and the environment, with the aim of providing decision support tools to multiple Guinean actors.

Keywords: capacity building, remote sensing, SPOT satellites, land cover land use, land cover changes, agriculture, land accounting. […]

Agro-ecological zoning, Guinea: issues and challenges

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Ivory Coast national forest and wildlife inventory: progress report and challenges

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En Guinée, le projet ZAEG (pour zonage agro-écologique de la Guinée) cartographie actuellement l’occupation des sols et son évolution sur 10 ans. Financé par l’AFD (Agence française de développement) et opéré par l’IGN FI et le CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement) avec comme objectif d’identifier les terres arables pour orienter les investissements dans un pays qui tire ses revenus de l’exploitation minière, mais dont 80% de la population vit de l’agriculture. Connaître son territoire pour en optimiser la gestion en somme.

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La présentation du projet : zonage agro-écologique du territoire guinéen

Interview with Christophe Dekeyne, Managing Director, IGN FI

RFI: “Uganda rolls out digital land registry to eradicate fraud”, published on March 1, 2020

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To mark the conclusion of the DESINLISI project, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development organised an international conference on the theme of “Global Modernization of Land Administration – Making your LIS a Success”. More than 180 participants attended the first day, which was opened by the President of the Republic of Uganda in the presence of ministers from several States.

Some of the press coverage published on 20 February:’s-10-year-national-land-information-system-


The Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Development (MCLU) signed a contract on 20 December 2019 for the implementation of a project to simplify urban land administration and convert it to digital form.

The project is organised around nine interdependent components, which will eventually lead to the setting up of an Integrated Urban Land Administration System (IULAS). This will form a common basis for the various public authorities involved in the land administration chain – The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry Delegate to the Prime Minister responsible for Budget and the State’s Portfolio. […]

Read the press release: Ivory Coast selects IGN FI to modernise its land administration system


The presentation meeting for the project “Creating an exhaustive list of localities eligible to receive the Universal Electronic Communications Service in Gabon” took place in Libreville on Friday 29 November 2019.

The consortium IGN FI / PROGRESYS/ INC presented the main results of the mission. Yvan GAUTHIER, project leader for IGN FI, said:

“The aim of the mission was to provide ARCEP (the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communication and Postal Services) with tools enabling it to carry out an inventory of network coverage in the country, and then to draw up a deployment strategy appropriate to the different forms of white zones identified. In order to achieve this, data were assembled from the telecommunications operators and various public administration bodies and then checked and validated by field surveys before being incorporated into a Geographic Information System enabling the analyses to be made.

The GIS allowed an inventory to be made of theoretical network coverage based on the position of operators’ antennae, taking into account a variety of parameters such as antenna height, the technology (2G/3G/4G), frequency and environment (urban or rural).

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Publication notice: “The approach based on communal activites on the land and the resources it provides”: illustrated by six case studies” 
“Aspects of Land Administration” collection by the “ Land Administration & development” Technical Committee – October 2019

In a context of political, economic and ecological crises, contemporary societies need to adapt to multiple global challenges. After analysing both local contexts and a variety of international frameworks, an approach based on “community lands, woven around the land and the resources it provides” can offer a response to these challenges, placing collective action at the centre of both diagnosis and the quest for solutions. This approach can facilitate the emergence of institutional arrangements that involve groups of human beings interacting to deal with problems arising at an explicitly local level, as well as the development of political projects which aim to solve them.

This edition of “Aspects of Land Administration” is issued in the framework of the collective work being carried out on service quarters that was initiated in 2016 by the “Land Administration and Development” Technical Committee, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges for development practitioners of taking community lands into account when dealing with land administration issues. […]

In this edition, the approach by community lands is illustrated by six case studies undertaken in six countries:

  • Cambodia
  • Madagascar
  • Cameroon
  • Senegal
  • The Comoros
  • Kenya

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After several months of implementation and preparation, the project will begin the effective phase of training and inventories in September 2019. In total, nearly 120 agents from SODEFOR, OIPR and ANADER will be trained in the application of the inventory protocol, in the use of measuring devices that will be used during these inventory campaigns, and also in the use of collection tools. […]

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Cartographie nationale du Bénin : Reportage sur le projet et interview de Cyril Romieu, chef de projet, réalisée par Media1 et diffusée sur l’antenne Afrik samedi 15 juin 2019

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Geospatial information in Africa: investment in infrastructure, training and applied research to develop geospatial services within partnerships.

Read the article: “Geospatial information for African agriculture: A key investment for agricultural policies“ – published in the revue: Perspective – CIRAD (51)


Geospatial information and its derived products, designed to contribute to public agricultural policy making, are not widely used in Africa. The infrastructure, training and skills are lacking, and research and development activities are dispersed and inadequate. More importantly, needs are not formalised and technological resources, driven by the industrialised countries, are ill-adapted to the characteristics of agricultural systems in Africa. Moreover, companies, institutions and projects require a stable environment to ensure operational services, relevant products and useful information. These co-constructed services emerge within long-term partnerships between researchers, consultancies and end users. Research thus offers new opportunities for using satellite imagery to document and explain agricultural transformation processes. Finally, lasting interdisciplinary skills networks are needed to facilitate methodological and thematic exchanges.

An international consortium of public agencies: the British Geological Survey (U.K.); IHCantabria (Spain) and Geological Survey Ireland (Ireland) and companies: ARGANS (U.K.); isardSAT (Spain); adwäisEO (Luxembourg); Arctus (Canada) and IGN-FI (France) – led by ARGANS (UK), has won a major project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop innovative Earth Observation (EO) products/information in response to authoritative requirements from end users in charge of Coastal Erosion studies and mitigation. […]

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TWITTER: PNUD Benin @PNUDBenin “nouvelle  numérique”- Tweets – Avril 2019

En prélude à la remise officielle demain de la nouvelle numérique appuyée par l’ et le au , l’ a organisé une rencontre débat sur le thème: “Nouvelles cartes, nouveau Bénin” avec des experts cartographes, partage d’expériences



TWITTER: IF Bénin @IF_Benin “nouvelle  numérique”- Tweets – Avril 2019

Durant 4 ans des équipes composées d’experts du et de la ont sillonné le Bénin pour des données approfondies et précises consultables et téléchargeables sur le geoportail de l’. Une première pour le pays.

PRESS: « Contract for the Registrar General Department’s Property Business Registration System (PBRS) officially begins » – Trinidad and Tobago – Media Release – 11/01/2019


Extract of the media release of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago / Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs:


The contract for the development of the new Land Registry software for the Registrar General’sDepartment (RGD), the Property Business Registration System (PBRS) officially began yesterday, Thursday 10th January 2019 […]


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PRESS: « Ministry signs $35M deal to automate land registry system » – Trinidad and Tobago – LOOP News – 30/11/2018


[…]The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs (AGLA) officially engaged a consulting firm to design and implement a new automated land registry system that is set to launch in mid-2019.


The new system, labelled the Property Business Registration System (PBRS), will cost TT $35 Million and will be built by a Consortium made up of three firms: IGN FI, GEOFIT and the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. […]


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PRESSE : “Guinée : vers l’élaboration d’une cartographie des sols” –  


[…]Le ministère de l’Agriculture vient d’initier un projet de zonage agro-écologique pour la mise en place d’un outil d’observation et de suivi continu de l’occupation des terres en Guinée. La présentation des résultats de la phase pilote du projet a eu lieu ce jeudi, 20 septembre 2018 dans la salle de conférence du ministère de la Pêche, de l’Aquaculture et de l’Economie Maritime[…] Lire l’article


VIDÉO : “Présentation de la phase pilote du projet de zonage agricole”  – JT1 – Espace TV Guinée 21/09/2018


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PRESS: “Land disputes set to end as government rolls out digitalised deeds” – Tanzania – The Daily News – 10/03/2018


[…]The government shall in June, this year, start issuing digitalised land title deeds to replace the outdated manual system.[…]

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PRESS: “When land digital system thrilled Msinune villagers” – Tanzania – Sunday News – 11/02/2018


[…] Being the first village to benefit effect from Integrated Land Management Information System (ILMIS), Msinune village is implementing this pilot stage for the rest of the rural areas of the country.[…]


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PRESSE : Tanzanie : lancement d’un nouveau système d’information sur les attributions foncières – La Tribune / Africatime – 04/02/2018 /


Les autorités tanzaniennes ont présenté ce vendredi (02/02/2018) un projet de Système intégré d’information sur la gestion des terres à Dar es Salam qui, à terme, devrait aider à réduire le nombre de conflits fonciers. […]

PRESS: “Govt improves land tenure plan” – Ethiopia – The Citizen – 26/09/2017


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PRESS: Tanzania benchmarks Uganda on land registration – NEW VISION – 11/04/2017


The 14-member delegation jetted in on Sunday led by Emmanuel Mahinga, the project manager for the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and Richard Shepard, the IGN Tanzania project manager.

RADIO : “L’inquiétant recul des forêts primaires” – France culture – 14/02/2017


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PRESS: “Geodesy: one continent, one representation” – Geoconnexion October 2016


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Radio : “Cartographie au Mali” – RFI – 06/08/2016


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PRESS: “Over the borderline” – Geoconnexion n°Juin 2016


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PRESSE : “Forêt dans les pays du Bassin du Congo” – Impact (RDC) n°Juin 2016


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 PRESS: “Mapping in Burkina Faso: new maps for a new millenium” – Geoconnexion n° Octobre 2015 


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Watch the documentary “Beyond the Maps”, on the OSFT and GEORFORAFRI projects (of which OSFACO was the follow-up)

RADIO : “Quelles cartes pour l’Afrique et les pays émergents” – RFI – 25/04/2013


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