South African Land Cover Classes and Definitions in Place

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The South African Land Cover Classes and Definitions have been published in Government Gazette 41202.

The rural development and land reform department published the list in terms of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act.

The classes and definitions flow from a user needs survey conducted in May-June 2016.

They are important in developing sustainable land cover mapping.

The department also pointed out that all South African legislation affected was considered in order to have the same meaning of class.

Classes include, inter alia, forests, scrubland, grassland, waterbodies, wetlands, barren land, built-up and mines and quarries.

Meanwhile, the department published Spatial Data Infrastructure Act regulations in Gazette 41203.

The regulations focus on standards and prescriptions, spatial data and spatial information, committee for spatial information and general provisions.

The regulations apply to organs of state and any user of spatial information.

The regulations kick in 30 days after the date of publication.

They were published for comment in June 2016.

Sabinet Cape Town Office