Directors for every Nordic National Mapping and Cadastre Authority (NMCA) meet every year as part of an agreement on Nordic cooperation in the field of spatial data and land administration.
NORDIC DIRECTORS: Directors of all of the Nordic National Mapping and Cadastre Authorities at Kleivstua in August 2017. This year they met in the Faroe Islands to discuss common challenges and how best to approach them together. PHOTO: Knut Arne Gjertsen
The agreement was signed in 1992.
For many years, heads of the Nordic Mapping Authorities have met to share experiences and agree on cooperation in the fields of mapping, geodesy and property registration. The profession is changing extremely rapidly. It is very challenging for each of the Nordic agencies to keep up with technological developments.
Focus is on preparing digital geographic data for distribution via Internet and on improving registration services to parties in the land markets. Increasingly the agencies engage in using satellite technology for precise positioning and in monitoring effects of climate change.
Harmonised data and services
The agencies are challenged with preparing data for international use; regionally, in Europe and globally. Data from Nordic agencies should fit as accurate pieces to a global puzzle of harmonised geographic data and services on the Internet. Geographic data will play an important role in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and in monitoring the progress of related achievements.
The Nordic Mapping Authorities recognize that they can achieve more if they work together. At the most recent meeting of Directors at Kleivstua in Norway during August, the agencies agreed to further strengthen their cooperation. Sharing experiences and best practises are of great importance to reduce development costs.
The meeting brought cooperation a step further in agreeing to explore possibilities for joint operations and services which potentially could improve production capacities and lower costs. To a great extent the agencies are undertaking the same type of production and providing corresponding services, so duplicated work could be avoided. The Nordic agencies agreed, as a first step, to investigate the benefits and possibilities of joint operations in using satellite technology for positioning and monitoring.
Who are the partners?
- Denmark: Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency, Danish Geodata Agency
- Finland: National Land Survey of Finland
- Faeroe Islands: The Environment Agency
- Greenland: The Government of Greenland
- Iceland: National Land Survey of Iceland, Registers Iceland
- Norway: Norwegian Mapping Authority
- Sweden: Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registration Authority