The Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) has originally been established in March 1954 as the Mapping and Geography Institute of Ethiopia under the Ministry of Education. Since then, it has passed through various organizational setups until its establishment as an autonomous agency of the government of Ethiopia under Proclamation No 193 of 1980.

The main responsibility of EMA as envisaged in the proclamation is the preparation, compilation, analysis, production/publication, administration, and distribution of the following sets of fundamental geospatial information data sets  in Ethiopia:Hypsography (Contours, DEM, Spot Heights, etc.)

  • Hydrography (Lakes, Rivers, Streams, etc.)
  • Administrative Boundaries (International, Regional, Zonal, Woreda, etc.)

  • Geographic Names
  • National Atlas 
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