Formerly a part of French West Africa, Upper Volta gained
independence in 1960, and in 1984 changed its name to
Burkina Faso (meaning roughly, the People's Republic of
Burkina). The country had previously been mapped by the
French Institut Géographique National (IGN) and its predecessors.
1:200,000 scale mapping began as early as
1922. All the current sheets, however are based on post-1950
aerial photography and are in a regular four or five-color
edition with 40 m contours. Projection is UTM, Clarke 1880
ellipsoid. Complete cover requires 34 of these one-degree
sheets and all have been published. Some sheets have been
revised by the Institut Géographique du Burkina (IGB),
Ouagadougou, which was established in 1976 to take over
responsibility for national mapping. A 1:500,000 scale
cover in nine sheets was completed by the French in 1959.
In 1979, a 1:50,000 series was in production. Some 328 sheets are
required to cover the country, and progress has depended
heavily on the availability of overseas aid. Initially a few
sheets, including some around the capital, were published
with French and with Dutch aid. A further 61 sheets were
published by IGB in 1987-88. These cover the main river
basins and were printed in the UK by the former Clyde
Surveys. Further sheets are in the programme. The 1:50,000
scale sheets each cover an area of one-quarter degree latitude
and longitude, and are in four colours with 10 m contours.
Projection is UTM, Clarke 1880 ellipsoid. Larger scale
mapping has been undertaken in a piecemeal way to meet
the needs of urban development or specific rural development
Soviet military topographic mapping of Burkina Faso is available at the following scales:
1:1,000,000 (4 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1986); 1:500,000 (10 sheets, complete coverage, published 1983-1985);
1:200,000 (54 sheets, complete coverage, published 1981-1985); and a city (1:10,000) topographic map of Ouagadougou published in 1976.
These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial
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