1. Name and contact details of respondent:
  2. Tankiso Mabote

  3. What is the name of the programme or project in which you are involved?
  4. CEDAMA (Committee on Environmental Data Management)

  5. What are the overall aims of the programme / project?
  6. 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

  7. What is the geographical area within which the programme operates?
  8. Within the boundaries of Lesotho

  9. Duration of the programme:
  10. 5.1 When was the programme initiated? February, 1999

    5.2 When is the programme scheduled to finish? Ongoing

  11. 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).

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. Co-ordination mechanism support:

    8.1 Is there currently any formal or informal co-ordination of publicly funded programmes involving spatial information? No

    1. If YES, please describe briefly
  1. Please indicate whether the programme on which you are reporting is involved in any of the following:
    1. The collection of metadata YES
    2. Making metadata readily available to ( potential ) spatial data users YES
    3. The development of spatial data standards YES
    4. 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
    5. If the answer to 9.4 is YES, please list these data sets

Roads: Main roads and others


Settlement Areas: towns, Villages




Topographic Data


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 data YES

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

  1. Liaison:
  2. 10.1 Is there any formal affiliation of the programme / project with any global or other regional spatial data infrastructure initiatives? YES

    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 initiatives:

    National Spatial Information Framework (South Africa)

  3. 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 (metadata)
  • Exchange of information – copyright and cost recovery. No existing policy on this.
  • Lack of senior management involvement and support
  1. Any other information or comments? 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 Infrastructure.
  2. If there are any sources of additional information (e.g. web-site or brochures), please list these or indicate how the information might be obtained.