Mapping services

As part of its activities to promote the use of satellite data and related mapping techniques in improved natural resource management and sustainable development, OSFAC is available to provide technical assistance in GIS and remote sensing. 

Other services

Due to OSFAC’s significant experience in the area of cartography and remote sensing, it is common for OSFAC to receive requests for a wide variety of “other services”. Typically, these are services that do not directly fall into our primary activities, but are within our area of interest or expertise, such as installing cartography labs, carrying out surveys on available spatial data, creating methodologies for various data collection initiatives, working to build databases and establish monitoring protocols, etc.

Balance training from 2005 to 2010

Since its inception, OSFAC provides Capacity building countries of Central Africa in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and GPS as well as technical support to all institutions that request. 869 persons, separately, from the universities (mainly the University of Kinshasa where the GIS Laboratory OSFAC is installed), national agencies, CARPE partners and international agencies have benefited from one or more training sessions with the OSFAC.


OSFAC runs a competitive internship program in GIS and remote sensing, which accepts a limited number of both academic and professional interns. Interns are accepted in a revolving fashion based on the availability of positions and are based at the OSFAC GIS/RS lab at the University of Kinshasa. The length of internships is determined individually by OSFAC depending on the intern’s proposed objectives. All OSFAC internships are unpaid.

Training modules & pricing tables

Introduction to GIS


per 3 days

  • History of digital mapping and GIS
  • Main areas of application of GIS
  • What is geographic information? (?)
  • Basic concepts of GIS components, ... (?)
  • Data GIS: Reality Modeling in GIS (?)
  • Representation of a layer in a GIS ... (?)
  • Major databases of market data, ... (?)
  • ...

Introduction to ArcView


per 5 days

  • Introduction to GIS (?)
  • Introduction to ArcView 3
  • Management of vector data
  • Extensions of Arcview 3
  • Presentation of information / Layout
  • Tabular data management
  • Creating and editing vector data
  • -

ArcGIS Level I


per 5 days

  • Overview of GIS
  • Basics of ArcGIS
  • Applications ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ... (?)
  • Working with Spatial Data
  • Data Presentation / Layout
  • Projection vector features
  • Creation and updating of vector features
  • Work with tabular data (descriptive attributes)

Remote Sensing Level I


per 5 days

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Active and passive remote sensing
  • ERDAS / ENVI Menu Toolbar
  • Opening and viewing an image
  • Import generic formats of images
  • Combination of bands
  • Colored composition
  • Make a mosaic
  • ...

Introduction to GPS


per 2 days

  • Introduction to GPS
  • Operation
  • Field applications
  • GPS coordinates recovery
  • ...


Training : General information

One of the main activities of the Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OSFAC) is capacity building in the use of satellite data and mapping techniques for the sustainable management of natural resources.

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