The Baseline Mapping Project For Mali Draws To A Close: A Successful End-Of-Project Seminar


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 on September 29th 2016 and a national seminar will be held for the occasion.

Held on September 29th at the Azalaï Salam de Bamako hotel, the end-of-project seminar on the baseline 1/200,000 scale mapping project met with great success.

Chaired by the General Secretary of Mali’s Ministry for Equipment, Transport and Development, a representative of the European Union delegation in Mali, the Director General of IGN FI, the Director General of the IGM and the Mayor of ‘Commune 3’ which hosted the event, the seminar brought together over a hundred participants (with around 400 people attending the ‘Universities/National Engineering Schools’ seminar held on September 26th).

Each of the project’s technical components was covered in detail during the various presentations given throughout the day and the key factors for the project’s success were highlighted as well as the difficulties encountered. The solutions found to address these problems were also described and analyzed.

Another issue widely discussed over the course of the day was the availability of data produced and its use with the participation of representatives from the National Directorate for Regional Development and Army Chiefs of staff who showed how the production of this up-to-date information in digital format would help them in their daily work. […]

Please find enclosed the PR,_a_successful_end-of-project_seminar_october%202016.pdf

About IGN FI
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About IGM
The Geographical Institute of Mali is a national public administration establishment with an incorporated body and financial autonomy. It is governed by the Ministry for Equipment, Transport and Development of access which is in charge of mapping and topography.

The Geographical Institute of Mali was created following reorganization of the former National Directorate of Cartography and Topography which was founded in 1979.

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