Training in Community Mapping to Formalize Settlements

Localisation is currently underway to formalize the informal urban settlements of Dar es Salaam which currently comprise 70% of the city. Formalizing a settlement is incremental in giving legitimacy to a community and in increasing the security of tenure of the residents and their land rights. Formalizing settlements also allows for more detailed, sustainable city planning. Unfortunately, the current methods of data collection to understand these boundaries has resulted in inaccurate data and partial community engagement. Jikora, Emmanuel, UPM Student, “Community Mapping is a key instrument in shortening time at site during regularization, since…Read more

First Impressions of Ramani Huria

Currently 70% of the infrastructure in Dar es Salaam is unplanned, meaning that structures are often built in flood areas and are not adequately built to cope with high waters. Often, even unplanned buildings that are relatively ‘safe’ from flooding have huge consequences on the surrounding area; improper planning has led to an increase of compact soil, which has low absorption rates to help disperse water during floods. Ramani Huria is a project lead by HOT, with the aim to produce maps with the main intention of improving flood resilience planning and raising…Read more

Community Outreach For Flood extent Mapping- Hananasif Ward

One of the primary tasks of Ramani Huria is to assess flood extent across Dar es Salaam - and community engagement is at the heart of this activity. It is through this engagement that we have access to well-informed local knowledge, adding a level of depth to our identification of flood-prone areas that can only offered by the community itself. Using information gathered out in the field, we are further able to create a time series - advancing the possibility of identifying historical trends of Dar es Salaam’s flood extent. Through this method,…Read more

How to: Ground Survey Mapping with Aerial Imagery

The ground survey mapping process undertaken by the Ramani Huria team depends upon high quality aerial imagery. Mappers collect data on site with the help of the field papers produced by drone images (mbtiles) that offer direction and location to the mapper. Equipped with GPS units, Ramani Huria team members mapped all city centre wards using this approach. These include Kivukoni, Kisutu, Kariakoo, Jangwani, Gerezani, Mchafukoge, Upanga Mashariki and Upanga Magharibi. Ground survey process with the help of aerial imagery First visit the fieldpapers website and make field papers for the area upon…Read more