Experience from Norway has shown that both types of organisations gain from working together, and monitoring and reporting on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires cooperation between data owners, producers of maps and producers of statistics.


SRS/DCR has spearheaded major reforms to the land sector in Kyrgyzstan. Impressively, it takes only one day to register a sale or a mortgage. However, there is no solution for distribution of maps via Internet, which is vital for statistical purposes. Maps are currently not easily available and used for preparation of statistics in Kyrgyzstan. Kartverket, SRS and DCR will work closely together with Statistics Norway (SSB) and the National Statistical Committee of Kyrgyzstan (NSC) to integrate geospatial data to serve statistical needs in line with Objective 3.4 of the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data.

Kyrgyzstan also lacks up-to-date photomaps. The current photomaps in use are made in 2002 and do not show changes that occurred since that time. There is an urgent need for new photomaps that are produced from aerial imagery.  Likewise, up-to-date line maps in vector form do not currently exist. Such maps are especially needed for Bishkek.   

The project will ensure access to maps via a national Geoportal (to be developed in the project), inter alia, to provide geographic data for statistical purposes. A main goal of the project is to prepare geographic data (maps) needed for production of statistical data supporting implementation and reporting on Sustainable Development Goals for Kyrgyzstan.  This project should be considered as a component to a well-coordinated and integrated effort on strengthening the capabilities of Kyrgyz governmental institutions to provide maps and statistical data for sustainable development. The coordinated efforts will also facilitate use of the various registers at the State Registration Service for production of statistics.


  1. Making geographic information available for statistical purposes:

    • Collection of existing maps to support statistics nationwide. Existing maps will be collected, analyzed, upgraded if needed, and stored in a format suitable for distribution online via the geoportal, inter alia, to be used for statistical purposes
    • Development of principles, standards and procedures for data sharing between respective data-holders in Kyrgyzstan.
    • Development of a geoportal for distribution of data. The activity will start with specifying the requirements.
  2. Production of photomaps and line maps:
    • Aerial photography and photomap production for 20 000 km2 including Bishkek and surrounding areas, settlements around Issyk-Kul Lake and in Fergana Valley.
    • Preparation of line maps for Bishkek, 150 km2. The line maps will be prepared using the same aerial images as prepared for the photomaps. 
    • Quality control of deliverables. All data delivered is subject to quality control, which will be executed by SRS/DCR assisted by Kartverket and with potential support from the State Geodetic Institute in Kyrgyzstan “Goskartographia”.
    • Development of a solution for efficient distribution of photomaps online via the geoportal.
  3. Capacity building, public awareness campaign
    • A number of training courses for technical personnel will be held in Norway and Kyrgyzstan, supporting all activities of the project
    • Public awareness campaign will promote the institutional cooperation between Kyrgyz authorities on sharing data and making data available for distribution via the geoportal as well as targeting users of geo-information.

 News update

  • The State Registration Service has now delivered data from the cadastre and property register to the National Statistical Committee.
  • Primul Meridian is set to begin aerial photography and production of photomaps in the spring of 2019.  Three main areas will be covered: Bishkek and Chui region, Fergana valley and the coastline of Issyk-Kul lake. In addition, the capital Bishkek with surroundings will be covered with maps that are more precise.
  • In cooperation with the American-Asian university’s geodesy department, SK is working on the development of an open reference/coordinate system for Kyrgyzstan. It is a transition from the old coordinate system based on Soviet Union’s classified reference framework.
  • Five missions were executed in Bishkek, including three training courses on quality control of deliverables and preparation for aerial photography. Kartverket will procure and deliver 2 sets of photogrammetric workstations for quality control of the deliverables.
  • Development of standards and principles for data sharing and exchange has commenced with an Inception study in August 2018. The report is available.
  • A joint study visit for the Kyrgyz partners to Norway is planned for May 2019.
  • February 2019: The State Registration Service formally thanks the Norwegian Mapping authority for their project coopertion.
  • June 2019: The Norwegian Mapping Authority was a co-organiser of the National conference “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the Kyrgyz Republic: The Contribution of SDG Indicators to Evidence-based Policy-making for Sustainable Housing, Urban Development and Land Management at National and Local Levels”, in Bishkek from June 18th-19th. The conference was organised as part of the project ‘Evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development in selected countries with economies in transition’, which is being implemented by the UNECE in collaboration with UN-Habitat and national authorities in four countries – Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
  • August 2019: Due to institutional reform the Department of Cadastre and Registration of the State Registration Service was merged with the State Geodetic Institute – Goskartografia (previously under the Ministry of Resources and Geology) and Land Planning Institute (under the Ministry of Agriculture). The newly formed authority and cooperation partner will be The State Agency on Land Resources (under the Government of Kyrgyzstan).
  • August 2019: An Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) baseline assessment is in progress. A first draft of the baseline assessment will be presented at a regional workshop that will be held in Kakheti region in Georgia from September 30th-October 3rd. A draft of the Country’s Action plan is expected by March 2020 and to be presented and the World Bank’s Land and Poverty conference in Washington DC MArch 16th-20th, 2020.

Previous project cooperation

 The State Registration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic also cooperated with the Norwegian Mapping Authority from 2013-2016, read about the completed project in Kyrgyzstan.