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Mapping Services - Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale

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. 

These mapping services are provided upon request and may include a wide range of applications or products. The costs and details of each project are determined through discussions between OSFAC and the requesting party. Examples of OSFAC projects and products are provided below. If you are interested in discussing a future project with OSFAC, please contact us.

Examples of OSFAC projects and products:

Mapping Kimbanseke
As part of a large project funded by CTB-PAIDECO, OSFAC used satellite imagery and field mapping techniques to work with community officials in Kimbanseke to produce maps of all 30 quartiers in Kimbanseke. These maps will be used to help orient development initiatives and assist urban planning.
Botanical Garden of Kinshasa
At the request of IUCN and the French Cooperation, OSFAC produced a detailed map of the botanical gardens, displaying all infrastructure as well as individual plant species.
National Workshop on Biodiversity
In collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, ICCN and WWF, OSFAC provided technical support to a national workshop of experts to identify priority areas for biodiversity in the DRC.
As part of a preliminary assessment for a road infrastructure project financed by DFID, OSFAC classified vegetation types in a 30km buffer around two road segments. The study used Landsat 7 ETM+ images at 28.5 m resolution. The methodology developed can be used to monitor changes in land cover over time.
In appreciation of our on-going partnership, OSFAC developed a training exercise based on creating an informational poster for the University of Kinshasa. As part of the project, students used GPS, GIS and basic remote sensing to create numerous maps of the campus.
Mapping RAPAC Protected Areas
In partnership with WRI and RAPAC (Réseau des aires protégées d'Afrique Centrale), OSFAC was engaged to construct a geodatabase and produce individual maps of 33 RAPAC sites using Landsat images.
PMURR (Programme Multisectoriel d'Urgence de Réhabilitation et de Reconstruction)
With SOFRECO, OSFAC put in place a geodatabase of all PMURR sites across the Democratic Republic of Congo
Thematic mapping of Bombo Lumene
In an effort to build the capacity of ICCN, WCS, WWF and Nature+ requested OSFAC’s help to organize and implement a combined training and field mapping exercise at the Bombo Lumene Hunting Reserve. The result of the training and mapping exercises was a series of thematic maps examining species richness.
Botanical Garden of Kisantu
As part of a rehabilitation project supported by the European Union, WWF and the National Botanical Garden of Belgium (MEISE), OSFAC used GPS to create a georeferenced map of the Botanican Garden of Kisantu.
Mapping intervention zones for UNICEF
At the request of UNICEF, OSFAC produced maps of UNICEF intervention zones.

1 comment

  • Pierre Lacroix Pierre Lacroix 20 Jul 2015

    Dear Sir, Madam,
    My name is Pierre Lacroix, I am working as a GIS and SDI specialist at United Nations Environment Program. I am currently working on the MAP-X (mapping extractive resources in g7+ fragile states) project and I would like to access the forest and deforestation map that is available at: http://extractivesfragilestates.github.io/ExtractivesFragileStates/gis/drc/
    Could you please indicate me how to access either the 2 datasets or the 2 web mapping services?
    Thank you in advance, yours sincerely.

    Madame, Monsieur
    Mon nom est Pierre Lacroix,expert GIS et SDI à United Nations Environment Program. Je travaille sur le projet MAP-X (mapping extractive resources in g7+ fragile states) et je souhaiterais accéder aux données et/ou aux services cartographiquesdes cartes visibles à: http://extractivesfragilestates.github.io/ExtractivesFragileStates/gis/drc/
    Je suis intéressé par les 2 couches suivantes : couverture forestière et déforestation. Pourriez-vous m'aider s'il vous plaît ?
    Thank you in advance, yours sincerely.


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