Little official mapping is available in the Republic of the
Maldives, but increasing tourist interest in the chain of 1,200
coral atolls in the eastern Indian Ocean has encouraged recent
small-scale commercial mapping. British agencies have been
responsible for most mapping prior to independence in
1965, and a legacy of large scale plans has been left. For
example in 1974 the Directorate of Overseas Surveys (now
Ordnance Survey International (OSI)) compiled large
scale coverage with funding from the World Health
Organization, to cover Male, the most important island in
the group. These comprised nine sheets at 1:1,000 scale, with
street names, and 23 sheets at 1:500 scale without the names
but with spot heights. The Maldives agency currently responsible
for surveying and mapping of the islands is the
Ministry of Construction and Public Works.
Soviet military topographic mapping of the Maldives exists at the following scale: 1:1,000,000 (3 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1979). This product is
available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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