OneMap Myanmar

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Effective decision-making and planning for sustainable, national development requires accurate data and information. In Myanmar, accessing this type of information is often difficult. OneMap is a government initiative that is working to solve this problem.

Shifting towards a more sustainable use of land resources

The online, open-access spatial data platform developed under the project compiles and makes available land data from various sources: It brings together government authoritative data on land use, cover, and tenure, and combines them with participatory maps developed by local communities and crowdsourced public contributions.

By supporting these multiple parallel work streams and data sources, OneMap Myanmar highlights in a spatially explicit manner the multiple – and sometimes contradictory – claims on land that national governance mechanisms must address to shift towards more sustainable use of land resources.

Why create a “map” rather than a normal data set?

Rather than providing access to data only in spreadsheets or graphs, OneMap enables a “spatial” presentation of data via its integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) platform. Users can view data visually across geographic areas, 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.

OneMap’s approach

To achieve the objective of providing access to accurate information for sustainable development, OneMap focuses on four areas of activity:

  1. Designing and expanding the online data platform, with emphasis on data consolidation and integration, accuracy, and user accessibility
  2. Strengthening technical and analytical capacities of government agencies, civil society organizations, and research institutions
  3. Generating knowledge for development through research and data analysis that inform decisions on key development challenges
  4. Supporting multistakeholder platforms and dialogues aimed at resolving complex land-related issues and supporting national land governance reforms



Video introduction to the project

This video shows why the OneMap project is important for Myanmar: The project works to provide open access to consolidated data on land and natural resources in order to enable inclusive and informed decision-making on development and land governance.

The example of shifting cultivation

This story map shows how a cartographic map can help to lift an adapted smallholder land use system out of invisibility and onto policy- and decision-makers’ agendas.
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National Land Use Policy Forum in Myanmar

In October 2018, the OneMap Team of CDE co-organized the “National Land Use Policy Forum” in Myanmar. This high-level event was a very important first step in launching a transparent and participatory process for the reform of Myanmar’s land sector.

First "mapathon" event for young people

The OneMap Myanmar team and local partners are working with youth to update spatial data in Myanmar. During a one-week “mapathon” event in spring 2018, young people were mapped and compiled spatial data using the online crowdsourcing platform OpenStreetMap.

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