Rwanda Launches the First-Ever Land-Use Portal in Africa

AfriGEOSS at the 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) on May 11-15, 2015 in Berlin, Germany
6th May 2015
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Thanks to a new website called the National Land Use Planning Portal (NLUPP), Rwandans connected to the Internet now have easy access to land-use plans and other spatial data on the web, decreasing the time it takes to find such maps and documents. Built on Esri’s ArcGIS platform by the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NLUPP is the first portal of its kind on the continent of Africa.

“Transparency and making data accessible for the public to use are an important aspect of democracy,” says Emily Krunic, director of democracy and good governance at USAID in Rwanda. “Open data makes space for meaningful input from the public, civil society, and the private sector and gives those groups and policymakers access to data to inform civic discussion and policy.”

Source: Matthew DeMeritt, Esri

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