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President’s Blog: Africa

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

Given the fact, that I had the opportunity to recently visit Africa several times I am eager to share my experiences with you in terms of finding a continent with severe constraints but also significant opportunities. In this respect the importance of geospatial information management and cartography is recognized by more and more proponents within Africa and seen as a most important technology, capacity and instrument for the further development of societies and economies.

It is in this context that I was so impressed by getting in contact with many ambitious, motivated and excellent colleagues like from the Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping, which I was able to visit in July 2014 and give a half-day workshop on modern cartography, or with colleagues from South Africa and other African countries at the most successful AfricaGEO 2014 conference in July 2014, where a lot of surveyors, remote sensing experts, GI scientists and cartographers gather and shared their results, problems, methods and experiences on a high level, or with colleagues from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tunesia and other African countries, which are contacting ICA for several reasons, including their willingness to fully participate in the developments of modern cartography and GIScience.

It is without doubt, that for the International Cartographic Association Africa is and remains a major focus.

Honorary Fellowship for Ken Lester

Ken Lester was Director of Mapping at the South African Office for Surveys and Mapping from 1972 until 1992 when he became Chief Surveyor-General of South Africa, a position he held until he retired five years ago. He chaired the National Committee for ICA for many years, was President of the then South African Society for Photogrammetry, Cartography and Geo-Information Systems and was instrumental in effecting the transition ofthe official topographical mapping cover of South Africa from analogue to digital.

Ken Lester’s contribution to ICA has been on both the national and international levels. Since 1972 he has attended all General Assemblies with the exception of one, and at all these meetings he played an active role in both policy and technical matters. As treasurer of the Organising Committee he has played a significant role in the organisation of this Conference. He served on numerous cartographic and GIS committees, both national and international, presented many papers at the ICA and other professional meetings and published in many cartography and GIS journals.
For his contribution to ICA and for his furtherance of cartography in the national and international cartographic community, Ken Lester is awarded and ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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