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Concept Note on:

GMES and Africa Open Day and Information Sharing

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13th and 14th May, 2021

Brief background:

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) is a flagship programme of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the African Space Policy and Strategy. It sets a pathway for the continent to be globally competitive in space activities, including Earth Observation (EO), and to develop a viable continental space programme. With continent-wide coverage, the programme is implemented through grants to African institutions under the banners of regional consortia. 12 consortia were awarded grants through open competitive bidding to implement projects in water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas management. They represent 114 institutions, established in 45 African countries and 6 European Countries.

GMES & Africa builds on the existing projects in the continent (PUMA, AMESD and MESA) that generated intellectual and infrastructural capacities in use of EO applications to enhance decision making in environmental management, through provision of evidence-based information.

The programme is jointly co-financed by the European Commission and the African Union Commission. The Programme also uses and adapts the Copernicus Programme data and services to the African context. It is designed to specifically respond to African needs with respect to services related to water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas and to address the global needs to manage the environment, mitigate climate change and ensure civil security. The programme enables the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, and harnesses the continent’s capabilities in utilizing space science and technology for economic growth and sustainable development.

In the implementation agreement, AUC is the ‘delegated authority’ responsible for the management of the programme.

GMES and Africa Programme aimed at improving African policy-makers’, planners’, scientists’, business and private sector and citizens’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.

The Programme has five outputs:

1.     Access to Earth Observation (EO) Data and Maintenance

2.     Natural and Water Resources Service

3.     Marine and Coastal Services

4.     Education and Training in EO

5.     Outreach and Raising Awareness

 

The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), is the lead institution for one of the GMES and Africa consortia in the Eastern Africa region. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the consortium addresses:


 

 

1.     Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment,

2.     Wetland Monitoring and Assessment and

3.     Open Regional Reference Vector Database for Water and Agro-ecological zones.

RCMRD’s partners include: Geospatial Information Institute (GII) formerly Ethiopian Geo-Spatial Information Agency (EGIA), Rwanda Water Resources Board, formerly Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) and Makerere University.  In addition, Associate Organizations in other counties include Kenya - Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Mauritius - Ministry of Urban Development and Land, Somalia -Benadir University, Djibouti - Ministry of Environment, Eritrea, Sudan - Ministry of Environment, South Sudan - National Bureau of Statistics). The consortium expects to help inform and equip ministries and institutions with tools that combat land degradation, thereby addressing a major problem confronting some populations. Wetlands are a source of life, especially for food, hunting, fishing, etc. Therefore, RCMRD’s efforts at wetlands conservation have a direct impact on the quality of life of people living around wetlands. To improve the interpretation of Earth Observation data, RCMRD has developed a consistent and comprehensive open geographical regional reference database that is accessed at national & regional levels.

In view of this, RCMRD has planned a 2days event on creating awareness and access to GMES Africa Project in three project countries.

Objectives: The 2 days event is meant to create awareness of GMES and Africa Products in Ethiopia, One day training on how to access and use the products. The talks to be brought down to a common language and not technical language.

Audience:

We hope to have the following sector institution represented.

·         Lands

·         Energy

·         Wetlands

·         Academia

·         Private Sector

·         Environment.

·         Science and Technology

·         Mapping.

·         Natural Resource Management

·         Local community representatives


 

Agenda Day 1: 13th May, 2021

Time

Session

Session Description

Facilitator

0830 -0900HRS

Registration

 

RCMRD and GII

0900HRS to 0930HRS

Welcoming by

·   Degelo Sendabo, RCMRD GMES and Africa

·   RCMRD  Dr Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General

·   Tidiane Ouattara, Coordinator GMES and Africa, AUC

·   Dr, Tulu Besha, Director General, GII

·   Guest of Honour:   

                    Ethiopia

Physical and virtual session that entails introduction and welcoming of the various stakeholders to the open day

RCMRD and GII

1000HRS to 1200HRS

Hybrid session of both physical and online audience Presentation on GMES and Africa by RCMD and LAUNCH of RCMRD GMES and Africa Geoportal

Hybrid session of both physical and online audience to discuss and listen in on GMES and Africa brief synopsis, objectives, areas of focus, institutions under the areas of focus, achievements, access of products and usability/applications, data access etc.

 

 

 

RCMRD

Questions and Answers

This session will be moderated by RCMRD and its hybrid as well. Both online and physical participation is required in the session

RCMRD and Participants

1400 HRS to 1500 HRS

Media coverage by UTV or NTV Ethiopia or any media that is popular in Ethiopia

 

 

RCMRD together with Other partner’s example GII will participate in a media interview with one of the Ethiopia TV stations to publicize GMES and Africa services and products. Key aspects to be handled include objectives and value of GMES and Africa to the Ethiopian People.

 

RCMRD and GII

1530HRS to 1630HRS

Showcase: Hybrid session of both physical and online audience on Wetland Monitoring and Assessment.

Hybrid session of both physical and online audience on Wetland Monitoring in Ethiopia. One of the GMES and Africa thematic areas of focus. What RCMRD has done to make and avail information for decision making in wetlands management. Ministry of Environment Ethiopia will also be part of the meeting.

 

RCMRD,   GII

and Participants

End of Day 1; The hybrid sessions allows for colleagues not physically present to participate and therefore coordination from both the technical leads and the team on the ground is critical

 

 

Agenda Day 2: 14th May, 2021

Time

Session

Session Description

Facilitator

0900HRS to 0930HRS

Welcoming

Physical session that entails introduction and welcoming of the various stakeholders to the open day

RCMRD and GII

1000HRS to 1200HRS

Showcase: Hybrid session of both physical and online audience on Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment

Hybrid session of both physical and online audience to discuss and listen in on Land Degradation and Monitoring and Assessments in Ethiopia brief synopsis, objectives, areas of focus, institutions under the areas of focus, achievements, access of products and usability/applications, data access etc.

RCMRD and GII

Questions and Answers

This session will be moderated by RCMRD and its hybrid as well. Both online and physical participation is required in the session

RCMRD and Participants

1400 HRS to 1500 HRS

Showcase: Hybrid session of both physical and online audience on Open Regional Reference Vector Database for Water and Agro-ecological zones

Hybrid session of both physical and online audience to discuss and listen in on Open Regional Reference Vector Database for Water and Agro-ecological zones in Ethiopia brief synopsis, objectives, areas of focus, institutions under the areas of focus, achievements, access of products and usability/applications, data access etc.

 

RCMRD,  GII

and Participants

Questions and Answers

This session will be moderated by RCMRD and its hybrid as well. Both online and physical participation is required in the session

RCMRD and Participants

End of Day 2 (NB; The hybrid sessions allows for colleagues not physically present to participate

 

 

 

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