August 12, 2019: Digital Earth Africa Day
August 13, 2019: Digital Earth Africa Social and Networking Event
August 14, 2019: Plenary and Technical Sessions.
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About Digital Earth Africa:
The Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) is an international development initiative formed to build a large operational platform for accessing and analysing decades of satellite imagery specific to Africa’s land and seas. DE Africa will translate data from the world’s free Earth observation satellites into ready-to-use insights about the continent’s environmental conditions. Such insights will enable African governments, NGOs, businesses, and individuals to make more informed decisions about soil and coastal erosion, agriculture, deforestation, desertification, water quality and changes in human settlement.
The U.S-based Leona M. &Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, in conjunction with the Australian Government, has funded the establishment of DE Africa. Digital Earth Australia (DE Australia) – a world-class platform funded by the Australian government that uses satellite imagery to identify changes in Australia’s landscape – will provide technical and operational guidance. An African-led ecosystem of governments, private businesses, international investors and non-governmental organisations will provide enduring investment for DE Africa.
A Steering Committee for DE Africa was formed in 2018, and has broad representation including: the Kenya Office of the Deputy President, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa); Group on Earth Observations,Ghana Statistical Service; South African National Space Agency, Geoscience Australia; World Economic Forum, Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. With the support of funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Steering Committee developed a study to determine the viability of a scalable, economically and technically sustainable model for Africa.
The insights gained from DE Africa will provide reliable, routine and near-real-time evidence about changes to Africa’s natural and man-made environment. This kind of evidence underpins informed decision-making about agriculture and food security as well as deforestation and strengthens the ongoing monitoring and management of mining, forests and water resources in Africa.
Critically, DE Africa will eventually be a sovereign operational and analytic asset to Africa, with in-country expertise in data analysis, use and management.
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Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.