About us


In Ghana, farmlands and cities are expanding rapidly into the savannas, woodlands and forests. The Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) project will enhance the current operational planning framework and building capacity for effective land use planning in Ghana. Working in close collaboration with national and regional authorities in Ashanti, Eastern and Central Regions in Ghana, the project aims to build local capacity in the region regarding remote sensing and GIS, and transfer the land use planning framework for continued planning.

The GALUP project has been awarded by SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to help developing countries use Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. It is led by Professor Jasmeet Judge in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida (UF), in collaboration with researchers from UF, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) in Ghana, and the University of Ghana. Follow us on Twitter.

Capacity Building


One of GALUP’s objectives is to help build local capacity in applying tools empowered by Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies to inform and ensure sustainable land use practices.

Our project includes workshops aiming at helping trainees to familiarize themselves with the use of LUCIS-OPEN, a GIS-based, open-source land use planning framework. 

These training sessions are intended for staff at the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authorithy (LUSPA) of Ghana. LUSPA develops land use policies and planning frameworks at national, regional, and local levels. In due course, capacity building exercises will be conducted in collaboration between the University of Florida, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services CERSGIS, LUSPA, and the representative District Assemblies (DAs) in the Twifo Lower Denkyira District (TLDD) and in the Asante Akim Central Municipal District (AACMD).


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Objectives of GALUP

The goal of the Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) is to provide an effective planning framework to land managers in Ghana. The framework will integrate remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to model the linkages between deforestation, urbanization and agricultural expansion in the country. The project will also identify potential conflicts between different land uses, such as agriculture, mining or conservation, and predict land-use change scenarios.