The African Union Commission is Organizing the 1st forum of the GMES and Africa Programme, under the theme “Unlocking the Potential for Earth Observation as a key drivier of Africa’s sustainable development”.
About GMES and AFRICA
GMES and Africa Support Programme is a 30 million Euro joint Programme co-financed by the European Commission and the African Union Commission.
It will use and adapt the Copernicus Programme data and services in 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. It is to enable the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, formulated to harness the continent’s capabilities in utilizing space science and technology for economic growth and sustainable development. In the implementation agreement, the African Union Commission is the ‘delegated authority’ responsible for the management of the programme.
GMES and Africa Programme is 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.
GMES and Africa introduced several key innovations: for the first time, with the inclusion of Northern African countries, the Programme is pan African. It is managed by the African Union Commission, through the Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) Department. It engages the African private sector as well asnational and regional academia.
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