Effective decision-making and planning for sustainable national development requires accurate data and information. In Myanmar, accessing this type of information is often difficult. CDE in Myanmar is working to solve this problem.
The online, open-access spatial data platform developed under the project compiles and makes available land data from various sources. It brings together data on land use, cover, and tenure, and combines them with participatory maps developed by local communities as well as crowdsourced public contributions.
By supporting these parallel work streams and diverse data sources, CDE in Myanmar highlights in a spatially explicit manner the multiple – and sometimes contradictory – claims on land that national governance mechanisms must address in order to achieve more sustainable use of land resources.
Instead of providing access to data only in spreadsheets or graphs, CDE in Myanmar enables spatial presentation of data via its integrated geographic information system (GIS) platform. Users can view data across geographic areas in the form of maps, which makes it easier for them to identify patterns and trends. Maps are also a powerful tool for engagement and participation, as they can help people understand data in a more comprehensive way.
To achieve the objective of providing access to accurate information for sustainable development, CDE in Myanmar focuses on four areas of activity: