Nov 2019

RCMRD organized a three day internal training on GMES and Africa Products and services. The GMES East Africa internal training workshop was held from 24th to 26th October 2018 at RCMRD premises in Nairobi. It was aimed at sensitizing the project team on the project and creating a common understanding of each application.

The workshop was officially opened by Prof. John Kyalo Kiema the Director Technical Services at RCMRD. In his opening remarks, he emphasized on the need for timely provision of services and providing quality products in such a way that the communities would benefit from the project. He highlighted the importance of the project to RCMRD in achieving its mandate in the region.

The project lead, Mr. Degelo Sendabo made a presentation on GMES East Africa project. He informed the project team that the number of countries to be covered under GMES East Africa had reduced to 10 following discussions with AUC and other consortia. The 10 Countries that remain under GMES East Africa are: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Mauritius.

His briefing on the project included understanding the needs of the stakeholders before supplying the services, and ways of meeting the demand through communication, visibility and marketing among others.

The training covered all the methodologies and activities to be applied and accomplished during the project implementation time frame. The three thematic areas include:i) Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment (LDMA), ii) Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment and iii) Open Geographical Regional Reference Vector Database for water and agro-ecological zonings (RRVD).

The project partners are Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA), Ethiopian Geo-Spatial Information Agency (EGIA) and Makerere University. The three main partners will help with implementation of the project. Makerere will spearhead trainings in the project countries.

The project result areas are:
i) Result 0: Effective overall coordination and communication ensured for delivery of programme objectives, sustainability and visibility
ii)Result 1: Improved access to Earth Observation (EO) Data and Infrastructure support
ii) Result 2: Establishment of operational information system on Consolidation of existing application of Land Degradation Monitoring and assessment and new applications on Wetlands monitoring and assessment and Open Geographical regional reference vector database for water and AEZ for improved decision- making processes
iii)Result 3: Political and policy frameworks strengthened to ensure an active and sustainable participation of GMES East Africa member states in the global environmental surveillance initiatives
iv) Result 4: Improved technical capacity level of GMES East Africa member states in land degradation monitoring, wetlands monitoring and assessment and open vector geodatabase on water and AEZ
V)Result 5: Advanced dissemination of added value information through research and publication
vi)Result 6: A well-established M&E framework for sustainability of application.

The workshop was attended by: Mr. Degelo Sendabo,Ms. Dorah Nesoba, Ms. Rose Waswa, Ms. Eunice Wangui, Mr. Josphat Makanga, Mr. David Ongo, Mr. Joseph Chemutt, Mr. Vincent Mtaroni, Ms. Pauline Ogola, Mr. Patrick Kabatha, Mr. Edward Ouko, Mr. Lawrence Okello, Mr. Abdi Gedi, Mr. Julius Buyengo, Mr. Ngugi Kimani and Mr. Aaron Ochieng’.

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