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80 million euro project for the creation of the digital map of Albania for the next 5 years

  • 11/19/2020 4:23 PM
 80 million euro project for the creation of the digital map of Albania for the next 5 years

The cost for the realization of the digital map of Albania is estimated at around 80 million euros, by the State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG), an institution under the Prime Minister, with a term of 5 to 8 years. The Albanian government is expected to finance 10-15% of the project cost, while the rest will be funded by donors and IPA funds. For the implementation of the project, the government has submitted for public consultation the amendments to the law "On the organization and functioning of the national information infrastructure". One of the main activities foreseen to be added by this law, is the activity of creating a basic map on a large scale and its continuous updating, according to the standards of the Council of Europe. Currently, Albania lacks a largely updated base map which is vital for a number of authorities to carry out their public functions. The draft law states that ASIG has started this process and has carried out some main activities for cartographic production, for some large urban and rural areas. The main activity of the State Authority for the creation of basic maps is the project for the creation of a digital basic map for 300 km² (Tirana - Durrës area) in cooperation with the Japanese government (JICA). ASIG has also managed aerial photography conducted in the years 2015-2017 and 2018 for the production of orthophotos. These products have been the basic material for further processing and production of digital maps at various scales, but especially at the scale of 1: 2000. Based on this experience, ASIG has already applied to the Ministry of Finance and Economy to start the national project of creating a multifunctional digital base map according to the standards of the INSPIRE Directive for the construction of the National Geospatial Information Infrastructure (NSDI). The realization of the project will be extended in two stages. In the first phase, the creation of a digital map is foreseen, with an area of ​​800 km² for all urban areas of the cities of Albania, with a unit price of around 8,100 euro / km², ie a total of 6.4 million euros. Of these 300 km², are currently carried out with donations (project with JICA). In the second phase, it is foreseen the creation of a basic digital map for about 16,000 km², which will be mainly the area of ​​the Western Lowlands, valleys and plain areas, which is expected to have a unit cost of about 4,700 euro / km² and in total it is foreseen to have a cost of 75 million euros.

/Klara Ruci/