MarCNoWA and GGPEN Sign MoU to Use EO Applications to Improve Sustainability

The GMES and Africa Marine and Coastal Areas Management for North and West Africa (MarCNoWA) Project, represented by Professor Boateng Onwona-Agyeman, Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at the University of Ghana (Project Director, GMES and Africa, UG), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr Zolana Joao, General Manager of the Angola National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN). This MoU aims to establish a collaborative partnership to advance their shared goals of enhancing Earth Observation (EO) data utilisation, developing coastal and marine resources management applications, and strengthening capacities within Phase 2 of the GMES and Africa Project.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing 2024 NewSpace Africa Conference, in the presence of H.E. Mário Augusto da Silva Oliveira, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies, and Social Communication (MINTTICS), and Mahaman Bachir Saley, a Senior Scientific Officer at the African Union Commission.

The MoU, valid for the GMES and Africa Phase 2 Project duration, aims to foster collaboration, share knowledge and expertise, and implement mutually beneficial activities for both parties and their stakeholders. In addition, the partnership between the parties will focus on Collaborating on the development and deployment of innovative applications for the management of coastal and marine resources, including but not limited to monitoring and forecasting oceanographic variables, safeguarding fishing areas from illegal activities, and assessing vulnerabilities in coastal zones. 

Furthermore, the MoU will enhance capacity-building initiatives, exchange of expertise, and build the capacities of individuals and institutions in Angola and the region in EO data utilisation and application development.

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