The equipment was donated to the Poly through the ‘Support to Land Reform Project’ run by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German government’s implementing agency for development assistance. The donation includes sophisticated equipment such as a fixed-wing surveying drone, high-performance computers and high resolution cameras that will be used for aerial mapping of small areas.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, emphasised the practical application of the equipment and its critical potential for planning and monitoring the implementation of Namibia’s flexible Land Tenure Act. “This new technology will facilitate a pro-poor approach to land delivery, thus giving a possibility on the whole continuum of land tenure rights from starter title to free hold,” Tjivikua said.
The Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy to Namibia, Ulrich Kinne, reflected on the cooperative partnership between Germany and Namibia, through which Germany supports educational development initiatives in Namibia, and said: “Together, we work in a true partnership to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030 and the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) to overcome social inequalities, improve education, create job opportunities and build a basis for prosperity for the Namibian people.”
The GIZ Director for Namibia, Albert Engel, said the ‘Support to Land Reform Project’ supports the Ministry of Land Reform and other important institutions in the lands sector, such as the Poly, in carrying out transparent and fair land reform and establishing an efficient land governance system in Namibia.
The equipment will allow the SNRSS and two research centres, the Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Research and Training Centre (EOSA-RTC) and the Integrated Management Institute (ILMT), to conduct applied research and develop skills and capacity in the fields of natural resources management and spatial planning.