Tech used for more efficient NCR land-mapping

Posted on August 22, 2011


Land has always been hot issue in Sarawak.

Actually, land is a hot issue anywhere in the world, isn’t it?

But I just want to concentrate on land in Sarawak for the time being, and more specifically on Native Customary Rights land or NCR land as we like to call it here.

According to a news report in The Borneo Post, Sarawak, through the Land & Survey Department is set to ” soon deploy high-tech remote sensing satellite imagery, called SPOT 5, to create a more accurate land mapping data system.”

Hopefully, for those of you who own NCR land, it will mean you will get your land title that much faster.

But then again, at the end of the day, there’s still so much that technology can do, especially when it comes to something so contentious as determining a plot of land as NCR land.

It will always boil down to human beings agreeing with one another that landowner A’s land extends from this tree to that big rock by the river over there and landowner B’s land ends where that drain is situated.

To get things going, I think the Land & Survey Dept will go ahead with its perimeter surveys first, because it seems to be the most efficient and effective way to survey and acknowledge NCR land.

If everyone waited for every landowner to discuss about trees, rocks and drains to figure out  whether this NCR land is your NCR land or my NCR land, nothing will ever get resolved.

Of course, SPOT 5 will also help to determine whether NCR land is really NCR land or whether it is actually State land.

I’m not exactly sure how they’ll be able to do this, but hopefully it will mean that some of the issues will be able to be solved with the use of SPOT 5.

It will probably take more than powerful computers and image-processing software to settle land matters decades in the making, but at least with technology on our side, we are getting closer to settling some of our NCR land issues.

S’wak using SPOT 5 for land mapping

August 20, 2011, Saturday

KUCHING: Sarawak will soon deploy high-tech remote sensing satellite imagery, called SPOT 5, to create a more accurate land mapping data system.

Recently, the Land and Survey Department (LSD) conducted three pilot tests in Matang, Sibu and Kapit to assess its capabilities and accuracies and they were pleased with its results.

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said yesterday that the accuracy levels in the three pilot sites were about 90 per cent. He added that with SPOT 5 the state would have greater mapping capabilities, particularly in dividing state land and Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.

“In the past, land cover maps were produced using aerial photographs. However, this method has its limitations,” he said at the signing of a collaboration agreement between LSD and the Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency. Among those present were Deputy Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency director-general Datuk Darus Ahmad and LSD director Datuk Sudarsono Osman. Awang Tengah elaborated that aerial photographs also faced difficulties due to persistent cloud cover in certain areas of the state.

“Moreover, aerial photography is weather dependant.”

With the usage of SPOT 5, it could save cost and produce better imagery, thanks to the use of powerful computers and image processing software.

“Now we can get larger areas mapped in less time and with more consistency and accuracy.”

The system could also help other government agencies in terms of land use planning, disaster monitoring and mitigation, and forestry management.

It could also help scientists who are conducting wildlife habitat research.

Meanwhile, Sudarsono said the final product of the project would be more accurate imagery at the 1:50,000 scale.

Darus said the system was presently used by about 2,000 fishermen in the peninsula to fish.

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