Mapping of Mauritius is the responsibility of the Survey
Department in the Ministry of Housing Lands and Town
and Country Planning (MHLTCP) but almost all of the
topographic mapping of Mauritius and Rodrigues Island has
been carried out by British and French agencies. A 1:25,000
scale series covers Mauritius in 13 sheets, and has been regularly
revised. The latest sixth edition is published jointly by
MHLTCP and the British Ordnance Survey International
(OSI), uses the Lambert conical orthomorphic projection,
Clarke 1880 ellipsoid, and maps relief with 10 m contours.
It is compiled from aerial photographic coverage of the
island. A number of smaller-scale single-sheet maps are
published, catering in particular for the tourist market.
These include a 1:100,000 scale map from Institut
Géographique National (IGN) Paris, revised in 1990, and
the 1994 version of an Ordnance Survey 1:100,000 scale
map, which has 40 m contours and also covers Rodrigues
Island. IGN also issues a special 1:1,000,000 sheet conforming
to IMW specifications. MHLTCP has started a program to digitize these large
scale plans and is capturing data from the north of the island and for large villages.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Mauritius is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published 1991-1994);
1:500,000 (2 sheets, partial coverage, published 1988-1989) and 1:200,000 (2 sheets, partial coverage, published in 1985). These products are available in print,
digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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