The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) is a grant aided institution set up through Statutory Instrument No. 137 of 1999 of the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 to deal with remote sensing and geographic information systems technologies in Zambia. It is controlled by a Board instituted under the same Act. The overall policy supervision is under the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).
To be a centre of excellence in remote sensing and GIS applications
To provide timely remote sensing data and other geo-information products and services to contribute to decision making at local, national, and regional levels
The functions of NRSC as stipulated in the Statutory Instrument no. 137 of 1999 of the Science and Technology
(a) Be a Centre of excellence for acquiring, processing, archiving and disseminating remote sensing data;
(b) Provide remote sensing or geographic information system services to address scientific, natural resource management, and environmental concerns in Zambia and the sub-region;
(c) Promote the development and use of remote sensing or geographic information system technology and applications in Zambia;
(d) Coordinate and monitor remote sensing or geographic information systems activities in Zambia by maintaining institutional networks and linkages;
(e) Collaborate with institutions involved in remote sensing or geographic information system activities nationally, regionally and internationally;
(f) Advise government on the policy framework and long term strategies relating to space technology, remote sensing data, and its exploitation for national development; and
(g) Do all such acts and things as are connected with or incidental to the foregoing.