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LAND MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING IN GEOINFORMA TION TECHNOLOGY IN SUDAN AND AFRICA: THE WAY AHEAD

LAND MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING IN GEOINFORMA TION TECHNOLOGY IN SUDAN AND AFRICA: THE WAY AHEAD

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Title: LAND MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING IN GEOINFORMA TION TECHNOLOGY IN SUDAN AND AFRICA: THE WAY AHEAD
Author: Elsadig Ali, Abdullah; Salman Alsalman, Abdullah
Abstract: This paper underscores the importance of geo-inform ation for the management of land and natural resources in Africa, emphasizing the ne ed to harness new earth observation technology such as remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Thi s enables countries to seize opportunities availed by new technology for the suc cessful management of digital geo- information in support of holistic national develop ment. In particular, the paper contextualizes the histori cal background in which the current African systems were established and why they have failed and precipitated endemic corruption, declining agricultural production and r ampant poverty. This, then, calls for the reform of current land policies and institution al arrangements to be replaced by others more responsive to our unique environment an d in tandem with today’s modern technology, including use of computer driven land i nformation management system. The article highlights the emerging institutional a rrangements separating policy from service delivery and regulation, decentralization f or wider public access to services and need to involve stakeholders in all activities. The paper also examines the technical and management capacity building availabl e at the local, regional and international levels to support these new arrangeme nts
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6799
Date: 2009-09


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