Spatial data infrastructure for the Zambezi valley (Mozambique)

Marco Painho, Luis Miguel Almeida, Hugo Martins, Ana Adelino, Paulo Oliveira

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The scope of this paper is to describe the development and implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in the Zambezi Valley (Mozambique) to support the territorial development. The SDI developed for this project allows users to visualize, analyze and download geographic information. This SDI contributes, also, as a digital representation for the sectoral plans, strategic environmental assessment and territorial plans that are being developed in this area. The technical architecture was developed based on the commonly used 3-tier architecture (presentation tier, application tier and database tier), using open source technology solutions that don't require any software licensing. Among other multiple characteristics of this SDI, the following main features can be highlighted: the possibility to create thematic cartography and preformatted reports, the existence of a spatial and alphanumerical centralized database, the possibility to monitor sectoral activities using a Web Geographic Information System (WebGIS) interface. This SDI is assumed as a Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS), anticipating and enhancing correct and sustainable decisions by governmental institutions. Thus, it is intended that the features currently implemented, and those to be developed in the future, promote and encourage the conception of guidelines and roadmaps, in order to strengthen the capacity of environmental, territorial and governmental management, contributing to the strategic planning and the promotion of a sustainable development of the Zambezi Valley.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSGEM 2015: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Spatial Decision Support System
  • Territorial Planning
  • WebGIS
  • Zambezi Valley’s Sustainable Development


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