Benin now has an up-to-date national map

June 6th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

In October 2014 IGN FI was awarded a contract to carry out digital mapping of the entire country of Benin at a scale of 1:50 000. Apart from a very few exceptions, the cartography of Benin had never been updated since the country gained its independence. The project to update Benin’s national mapping is co-financed by the European Union in the framework of the Global Climate Change Alliance and by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and was officially completed during April 2019. In the framework of this ambitious undertaking 120 000 km2 have been photographed and mapped, more than 15 000 images acquired, more than 20 international experts have been mobilised and four production workshops have been set up and supervised, involving more than 50 Beninese operators who have been trained in exploiting data and in cartography. In addition to the digital topographic map at scale 1:50 000, Benin now has a digital terrain model (DTM) which enables many applications to be utilised, in terms of land or agricultural development for example, plus a geoportal which enables available data to be visualised online and printed copies of the new map.

Contact Elisabeth Aracheloff, IGN FI, earacheloff@ignfi.fr

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