What is the name of the programme or project in which you are
CEDAMA (Committee on Environmental Data Management)
What are the overall aims of the programme / project?
To advise the National Environmental Secretariat (NES) on issues of
environmental data management, to foster an institutional setup that will
enable coordination and sharing of spatial information, provide access to
relevant technology, identify core data sets, raise awareness about
spatial data, and research policies and standards that govern exchange,
specifically for Lesotho
What is the geographical area within which the programme operates?
Within the boundaries of Lesotho
Duration of the programme:
5.1 When was the programme initiated? February, 1999
5.2 When is the programme scheduled to finish? Ongoing
Who are the major role players in spatial data production,
distribution and maintenance, as well as the major
users, within this geographical area? (Note: please do not limit the
answer to digital spatial data only)
Data Producers: Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA),
Department of Environment, Department of Statistics, Lands and Surveys,
Land-Use Planning, SADC (Environment and Land Management Sector), SADC
Water Sector, Mines and Energy
Users: Data is mostly used by the National Environmental Secretariat
7. How is spatial data distributed? (Please do not limit your answer to
digital spatial data only).
8. Co-ordination mechanism support:
Data is distributed in the form of hard copy maps, on CD’s, as well
as on floppy discs. There is no formal policy on data distribution in
Lesotho. There are informal agreements with data purchasers that suppliers
should be informed of, and have access to, any updates that have been made
to the data sets.
8.1 Is there currently any formal or informal co-ordination of
publicly funded programmes involving spatial information?
Please indicate whether the programme on which you are reporting is
involved in any of the following:
- If YES, please describe briefly
Making metadata readily available to ( potential ) spatial data
The development of spatial data standards YES
The creation of basic data sets (i.e. base of data that could be
used by a broad variety of users, for example, the road network) YES
If the answer to 9.4 is YES, please list these data sets
- The collection of metadata
Roads: Main roads and others
Settlement Areas: towns, Villages
Note: The list is not final. Workshops are to be organized to invite
more participation form stakeholders with regard to this list.
9.6 Developing a legal framework for accessing and distribtion spatial
9.7 Developing pricing policy for spatial data YES
Doesn’t sell/provide its digital data unless its value added
through a project – project that involves training to NRSC staff
members are priority
10.1 Is there any formal affiliation of the programme / project with
any global or other regional spatial data infrastructure initiatives?
10.2 Is there any informal networking with other initiatives? YES
10.3 If the answer to either 10.1 or 10.2 is YES, please list these
National Spatial Information Framework (South Africa)
- What, if any, are the particular challenges facing the development
of NSDI/RSDI development within the region?
- Institutional arrangements: Lack of culture of cooperation and
sharing of spatial data
- Data: Different data formats from different software, impeding
integration and use, as well as documentation of existing data sets
- Exchange of information – copyright and cost recovery. No existing
policy on this.
- Lack of senior management involvement and support
The programme is still in its
initial stages. Participation form various stake holders is still being
sought so that appropriate policies and institutional arrangements can
be put in place, in order to achieve a proper Spatial Data
If there are any sources of additional information (e.g. web-site or
brochures), please list these or indicate how the information might be
- Any other information or comments?