Geospatial Sciences: the second and last Continental Forum of the GMES&Africa project first phase is held in the Ivorian economic capital, December 6 - 10, 2021

06/12/2021

The Second GMES&Africa Continental Forum is being held in Abidjan on: « Earth Observation: Fostering environmental sustainability and socioeconomic growth in Africa », which expresses the overall mandate of the GMES&Africa program, in particular the use of Earth Observation services and applications to promote management of the environment, natural resources, and in the long term, to support human development.

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory, leader of the GMES North Africa consortium, is taking part in this important event, to present the results of the project carried out over 3 years (2018-2021).

With a delegation led by Mr. Mustapha Mimouni, Technical Coordinator of the GMES project for North Africa and made up of remote sensing experts, the OSS will take this event to host an exhibition stand of the organization and present the Earth Observation services and products, in particular the MISBAR agricultural water and MISLAND land management platforms to the different participants, whether they are technicians, decision-makers, representatives of civil society or others.

Thanks to the strong involvement and active participation of its technical partners*** from the affected countries (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia), GMES&Africa – North Africa Consortium fulfilled its mission of African institutions capacity building. Indeed, it has provided them with the necessary resources allowing them to access and operate Earth Observation services, particularly in the areas of water and natural resources.

GMES&Africa is part of the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the African space policy and strategy, which promote ecologically sustainable and climate resilient economies and communities through sustainable production and consumption patterns, water security, natural disaster readiness and prevention, and renewable energies.

*** (The UN-affiliated African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology in French Language - CRASTE-LF, based in MOROCCO; the Regional Centre for Remote Sensing of North African States - CRTEAN based in Tunis; the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL, Algeria); the National Centre for Mapping and Remote Sensing - CNCT, Tunisia; the Desert Research Centre - DRC, Egypt; the Libyan Centre for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences - LCRSSS, Libya; the Al-Aasriya University of Nouakchott, Mauritania.