Tele-training workshops on the use of Earth Observation (EO) for sustainable land and water management in north Africa

The GMES & Africa Training Strategy aims to develop the main skills and expertise in Earth Observation (EO) applications, to strengthen the spatial and in situ infrastructural capacities of technical institutions in Africa, to develop user-focused Earth Observation services and to foster communication, to ensure efficient use of the services and products that optimize the EO benefits.

Aware of the fundamental role of capacity building actions for the proper ownership and effective use of the products and services, the OSS-North Africa Consortium has given particular importance to capacity building, taking into account the needs of its national partners and end users. For this to happen, the consortium has set up a training strategy at several levels to ensure multi-level capacity building and to guarantee the sustainability of the services and project achievements: 

  • Training of end users on the use of services, making it possible to guarantee their regular use and to collect feedback that aim at improving the first prototypes developed,
  • Training of trainers for national remote sensing centres, in charge of ensuring the capacity building of end users during and after the end of the project,
  • Training of IT administrators and thematic experts on the services administration & maintenance, in order to guarantee their sustainability bytaking over their management

The training of trainers is provided in the OSS-North Africa Consortium bythe UN-affiliated African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology-in French Language (CRASTE-LF), in collaboration with the OSS-North Africa Consortium and GMES & AFRICA partners. The training will be provided with the support of a very high level experts from ESA, CESBIO, TETIS & IRD.

6 seats will be dedicated to members of other GMES consortia interested in this first training on agricultural monitoring. Interested persons will have to send their CVs to the following address: and copying, before September 30, 2020. 

ESA will make virtual machines available to participants for a 2 month-period. Being a regional training centre, CRASTE-LF will award certificates to participants in the workshop. A digital certificate will be sent via email at the end of the training.

The workshop program will be delivered in 2 languages (Eng & Fr). Meanwhile, instant (Eng or Fr) summaries will be given bythe CRASTE-LF technical staff.

The tele-training will take place via the online learning management platform (crastelf-eacademie: and possibly the Zoom videoconference platform. A workshop kit, including a set of documents, working tools and access to the virtual machine, will be given to participants before the workshop start-up.

The training material will be available and open free-of-charge on the GMES & Africa digital online training platform.

The training sessions will be broadcast live on social media, their video recordings and the learning material used during the workshop will be put on line for free after the training.

The first session, dedicated to Earth Observation for Seasonal Agricultural Monitoring will be held from 13 to 16 October 2020.

The concept note is available on this link: