Open Friche Map, The new tool of rural policy

Today the rural world is increasingly suffering from abandoned, untapped or uncultivated land. This is better known as « wasteland », “friche” in French.

To fight against these wastelands and to revitalize the rural world, the “Société d’aménagement foncier et d’établissement rural de la PACA” (SAFER PACA) have launched : the « Open Friche Map » application on 11th January 2019. The application is available on the Apple Store and the Play Store.

First of all, SAFER PACA has  a cartographic portal. It allows to host the wastelands databases known by SAFER and its partners, such as the departmental federations of cooperative cellars.


Initially, these databases have several objectives at the communal or inter-municipal level. These objectives are :
– to carry out agricultural and land diagnostics;
– a call for projects from the EAFRD in connection with a land management mission;
– the application of agricultural compensation policies and also research and development missions.

But these databases are not enriched only by SAFER and its partners,  public users can participate in their creation. This is when the Open Friche Map (OFM) application comes in. The name sounds very familiar. Indeed, SAFER wanted to rethink the Open Street Map (OSM) application to respond to the encountered problems by the rural world (wastelands). Like OSM, OFM is an online, self-service mapping application.

How does it work ? 

By logging in, users can use the GPS on their smartphone to locate and delineate a wasteland. Then, a categorization of the  wasteland nature must be carried out:  »land »,  »meadow »,  »vineyard » or  »orchard ». Finally, users have the possibility to add a picture of the wasteland in question. Once the users have performed these manipulations, the data are sent to the SAFER database.

These data will be added to the SAFER PACA geographical portal (Web GIS) once the data are processed and validated. The GIS will be the tool on which all decisions will be based in, to make a revalorization and revitalization policies of the rural world.

In the Provences-Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur region, the wasteland is between 100 000 and 300 000 hectares, which is enough to keep users busy for a long time …



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