[OSGeo Africa] KML KMZ DM LM

Gavin Fleming gavinjfleming at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 05:14:42 PDT 2013

Hi Suzi

You can just 'Save as' KML from QGIS. That's presuming you have the 
shapefiles from the Demarcation Board.

Then just zip a .kml and call it .kmz if you want it compressed.


On 11/09/2013 13:01, Suzi Crossley wrote:
> Does anyone have kmz or kmls of all the district and local 
> municipalities in SA?
> I would be so grateful
> Thanks
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> [mailto:africa-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] *On Behalf Of *Aslam Parker
> *Sent:* 11 September 2013 12:33 PM
> *To:* Africa local chapterdiscussions
> *Subject:* [OSGeo Africa] Website, Final Statement Int. Symposium on 
> Land Cover Mapping for the African Continent
> >>> "Parcher, Jean" <jean_parcher at ios.doi.gov 
> <mailto:jean_parcher at ios.doi.gov>> 9/9/2013 5:22 PM >>>
> Dear Participants of the International Symposium on Land Cover Mapping 
> for the African Continent,
> On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we wish to thank you all for 
> participating in the Symposium. Your participation and valuable input 
> during the roundtable and discussion exchanges are greatly appreciated.
> On behalf of Tsinghua University, we have posted the presentations, 
> agenda, and participation list on the following website: 
> http://data.ess.tsinghua.edu.cn/ISLandCoverAfrica.html
> Also attached to this email you will find the participation list and 
> Final Statement. We are still in the process of completing the Final 
> Report of the Symposium. We will send out the report when it is complete.
> In response to the request to set up an Africa GEOSS Working Group on 
> Land Cover Mapping, the Organizing Committee is working on an 
> invitational letter for the first meeting to be held in Addis Ababa 
> during the Africa GIS conference. We will send out more information soon.
> Again, thank you all for your wonderful participation and your synergy 
> to carry forward on the recommendations in the Final Statement.
> -- 
> Jean Parcher
> Program Manager
> DOI International Technical Assistance Program
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> jean_parcher at ios.doi.gov <mailto:jean_parcher at ios.doi.gov>
> *Final Statement*
> International Symposium on Land Cover Mapping for the African 
> Continent June 27, 2013
> The International Symposium on Land Cover Mapping for the African 
> Continent, hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) 
> and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development 
> (RCMRD), with support from the United States Department of the 
> Interior, Tsinghua University and the joint USAID/NASA SERVIR program 
> took place in Nairobi, Kenya on June 25-27, 2013.
> The Symposium brought together a diverse group of participants from 
> four continents (Africa, America, Europe, and Asia). Participants were 
> from governments, academia, and NGOS representatives from nineteen 
> African countries, including regional entities.
> The major objectives of this three-day event were to share ongoing 
> technical collaboration, data availability, capacity building 
> successes, and to increase communication between and among the various 
> stakeholders.
> Land-cover data are some of the most important inputs for weather 
> forecasting, human and ecosystem health, climate change, agricultural 
> sustainability, management of water, forest and other natural 
> resources, land use planning, reducing land degradation, conservation 
> of biodiversity, and renewable energy assessment. Information on 
> land-cover change trends provides significant value to both the 
> scientific community and the general public. Therefore, land-cover 
> information plays a critical role in supporting policy and 
> decision-making at local, regional, continental and global levels.
> Mapping Africa’s land cover has been facilitated by the availability 
> of free and open data from the US Landsat program and data 
> processing/analysis capabilities in African regional centres (e.g. 
> RCMRD) and partner countries (e.g. China, US, EU). These data and 
> processing capabilities have led to the creation of a new 
> continent-wide map for the year 2010, continent-wide samples 
> documenting land cover change between the 1990-2000-2010 epochs, 
> regional maps for 2000 and 2010, regional validation datasets, and 
> selected national and project scale mapping for specific tasks such as 
> agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) carbon accounting.
> However, in several countries data gaps, inadequate institutional 
> frameworks, missing networks of experts and technological barriers 
> mean that the specific needs of policy makers cannot always be met.
> Therefore key recommendations from the symposium participants to 
> advance Land Cover mapping for the African Continent are to:
> 1. Contribute to the development of a land use/land cover data product 
> for the entire African continent at a 30-meter resolution for the 
> African element of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems 
> (AfriGEOSS);
> 2. Advocate for Earth Observation data providers to adopt a policy of 
> free-and-open access to their data;
> 3. Raise awareness of the availability of land use/land cover data, 
> tools, applications, and land cover change dynamics among decision 
> makers at multiple levels;
> 4. Build mutually beneficial partnerships with national and regional 
> institutions to assess their land cover needs, such as products and 
> tools; while increasing their involvement in the data validation for 
> the global land cover data product;
> 5. Build capacity within and among national and regional institutions 
> to integrate land cover data into decision making processes;
> 6. Promote sound governance policies and activities that maximize the 
> value and usefulness of land cover data at multiple scales to decision 
> makers (e.g. data openness, data sharing, institutional transparency, 
> common data standards);
> 7. Establish an Africa-focused Community of Practice for Land Use and 
> Land Cover to facilitate networking between scientists and 
> technicians; and
> 8. Establish an Africa-focused Group on Earth Observations (GEO) 
> Global Land Cover Working Group to coordinate the above recommendations.
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