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Urban Geodata Infrastructure Development

Government agencies and other organizations are often required to respond quickly to natural disasters, accidents, environmental crises, and security alerts and also to make land use planning which aims at sustainable development. Information needed to make sound decisions in such cases is mainly based on geographic data or spatial data which is the data or information that is referenced to the Earth surface.

There is constant pressure to make wise decisions in a more cost effective and efficient manner. Accessible geospatial data that are accurate and current are critical to these decisions.

Spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is typically defined as a set of interacting institutional, technological, human and economic resources that are available for facilitating and coordinating spatial data access, use and sharing. SDI has been recognized widely as an essential requirement for sustainable development and many developing countries, including several in African, are at different stages in developing a national SDI. In Tanzania, the urgent need of SDI for urban planning and management, agriculture, mining and disaster management is recognized, and hence the development of a national SDI is highly prioritized by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Developments, the corresponding ministry in Zanzibar and the Prime Minister’s Office of Tanzania.

The project aims at exploring best strategic planning for sustainable development and implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructure in Tanzania. System dynamics (SD) and Agent-based modeling (ABM) are used to model the current and optimal status of SDI development and Multi-objective Optimization are used as a case study to utilize a fully functional SDI in urban land use planning. The project involves data collection in Tanzania, among Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) stakeholders such as Local Government authorities, (selected city and municipal councils; Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mwanza, Dodoma and Mbeya), government ministries, public agencies, academic institutions and private organizations. Data collected involves questionnaire surveys, meetings, workshops and obtaining spatial and non-spatial data. 


Contact information

Petter Pilesjö
Email: petter [dot] pilesjo [at] gis [dot] lu [dot] se (petter[dot]pilesjo[at]gis[dot]lu[dot]se)

Researchers in this project


University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Lund University, Sweden.

Prof. David Mfinanga
Principal investigator, UDSM, Tanzania

Prof. Petter Pilesjö
Principal investigator, LU, Sweden  

Mr. Alex Lubida
PhD student, UDSM, Tanzania

Dr. Micael Runnström
Researcher and supervisor, LU, Sweden

Dr. Ali Mansourian
Researcher and supervisor, LU, Sweden


Buildings Daar es Salaam

Women walking on beach Zanzibar