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Kenya launches nationwide airborne geophysical survey

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R, front) listens to an introduction during the official unveiling of the Joint National and Resource Mapping (JNAM) projects in Nairobi, Kenya, June 21, 2022. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the final report on Tuesday nationwide airborne geophysical survey and inaugurated seven other groundbreaking projects that provide current and comprehensive geospatial data covering the entire country. (Photo by Joy Nabukewa/Xinhua)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday launched the final report of the National Airborne Geophysical Survey and inaugurated seven other groundbreaking projects that provide current and comprehensive geospatial data covering the entire country.

Kenyatta said the eight projects were developed under the Joint National Mapping and Resource Team (JNAM), which comprises young Kenyan professionals under the supervision of a security sector multi-agency.

“The innovations generated by the exercise will accelerate job creation, diversification of income sources and industrial development in line with the Big 4 (development) agenda and Vision 2030,” he said in a statement. published after the ceremony in Kenya. capital, Nairobi.

JNAM, which is a multi-agency project, aims to develop and facilitate the provision of secure, up-to-date geospatial data at minimum cost that would be shared across government for planning and development purposes.

Kenyatta, who initiated the Joint National Mapping Projects, expressed optimism that the projects will contribute to the national development landscape.

He commended the talented young Kenyan professionals who worked jointly with the JNAM multi-agency team to bring the projects to fruition.

“Your efforts have made Kenya the first African country to conduct such a thorough investigation without involving foreign expertise,” he said.

The President said that through the projects, the JNAM team mapped a wide range of resources including base metals, coal, gemstones, geothermal points, forest cover, water bodies , precious metals and rare earth elements.

He pointed out that exit maps have already helped the Ministry of Education to map schools across the country, the Ministry of Roads has been helped to identify road reserves while the Kenya Forest Service has been able to map forest cover and identify encroached areas. .

As part of the multi-agency JNAM project, the chairman said the team has also successfully developed a current cadastre for Nairobi County which has helped in the identification and securing of public lands such as green spaces , health facilities, schools, roads and road allowances.

“Overall, with the updated datasets generated through this survey, national and county governments, the private sector, educational institutions and other stakeholders are now better placed to plan and implement their development programs,” the president said.

He also commended the JNAM team for developing several online applications such as Taifa Pay, which is used to centrally collect most government revenue in Nairobi, thereby increasing transparency and accountability in government transactions and private.

Kenyatta said the team also developed the ArdhiSasa digital platform, a land management system that has improved the speed of land transactions.

“Where it previously took a minimum of six months to complete a single land transaction, this has now been reduced to 48 hours using Ardhi-Sasa. Also, instead of taking one to three months to complete a field search, this system will give you field search results in three to five minutes,” Kenyatta said.

He urged all Kenyans to adopt the ArdhiSasa system which has established a transparent, affordable and efficient land information management system.

The JNAM team has also developed Kenya’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure for spatial discovery, evaluation and application at all levels of government, commercial sectors, non-profit sectors, academia and citizens in general.

The JNAM team has also developed an online mining cadastre to improve mining rights and concession processes, which will significantly boost revenue collection in the mining sector.

“For a very long time, our land has been exploited by individuals who say they bring the land to their labs. With this innovation, we will be able to know what is being mined and by whom,” Kenyatta said. Final article

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