AfriGEOSS

About AfriGEOSS

The African Earth Observation community is continuously growing and is establishing its presence in the region and in the global arena, taking also benefit from the national and regional programs and from the on-going cooperation initiatives with a great number of external Partners.

The AfriGEOSS initiative, developed within the GEO framework, will strengthen the link between the current GEO activities with existing capabilities and initiatives in Africa and will provide the necessary framework for countries and organizations to access and leverage on-going bilateral and multilateral EO-based initiatives across Africa, thereby creating synergies and minimizing duplication for the benefit of the entire continent.

This coordination initiative has been recognized essential to enhance Africa's capacity for producing, managing and using Earth observations, thus also enabling the Region's participation in, and contribution to, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

AfriGEOSS aims to provide the necessary framework for African countries and organizations as well as international partners to access and leverage on-going local and international bilateral and multilateral EO-based initiatives across Africa, thereby creating synergies and minimizing duplication for the benefit of the continent.

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Vision, Goal and Objectives

Vision
The AfriGEOSS vision is a continent where decisions on policy and implementation programs, involving the production, management and use of Earth observation, are taken with the involvement of all stakeholders, through a coordination framework enabling the linkage country-region-continent that AfriGEOSS wants to build. This is expected to be realized, in the medium-long term, by strengthening and enlarging the role of the existing national, regional and continental institutions.

Goal
AfriGEOSS aims to provide the necessary framework for African countries and organizations as well as international partners to access and leverage on-going local and international bilateral and multilateral EO-based initiatives across Africa, thereby creating synergies and minimizing duplication for the benefit of the continent.

Objectives

To achieve the above, a set of overall objectives has been defined for AfriGEOSS:

  • Coordinate and bring together relevant stakeholders, institutions and agencies across Africa that are involved in GEO and other Earth observation activities;
  • Provide a platform for countries to participate in GEO and to contribute to GEOSS;
  • Assist in knowledge sharing and global collaboration;
  • Identify challenges, gaps and opportunities for African contributions to GEO and GEOSS;
  • Leverage existing capacities and planned assets and resources; and
  • Develop an appropriate strategy and participatory model for achieving the above goals.
  • Develop a strategy of Communication of the Earth Observation data in Africa

AfriGEOSS Implementation Plan

The key objectives for 2014 is to have in place a GEO-XI Plenary endorsed Implementation Plan and an initial coordination framework.

Further information can be found in the “Implementation Approach document”.

 

Contact Information

Andiswa Mlisa, Scientific & Technical Officer for AfriGEOSS

amlisa@geosec.org, +44 22 730 8239

Upcoming Events Past Events
2016
Apr 
27-29
AfriGEOSS Symposium
Victoria Falls, 
Zimbabwe
Aug 27 
Sep 4
35th International Geological Congress (IGC)
Cape Town, 
South Africa
Oct 
18-20
Advanced Geospatial Science & Technology: TeanGEO 2016
Tunis, 
Tunisia
Oct 
24-28
Kampala, 
Uganda
2016
Feb 
1-2
TIGER workshop 2016: Looking after Water for Sustainable Development
Addis Ababa, 
Ethiopia
2015
Nov 
13
2015 GEO Mexico City Ministerial Summit
Mexico City, 
Mexico
Nov 
11-13
ESRI Africa User Conference
Cape Town, 
South Africa
Nov 
11-12
GEO-XII Plenary
Mexico City, 
Mexico
Oct 
27-30
2015 IEEE Radar Conference
Johannesburg, 
South Africa
Aug 
18-19
Africa Geospatial Forum
Johannesburg, 
South Africa
Aug 
11-13
Geomatics Indaba 2015
Johannesburg, 
South Africa
Jun 
8-12
2015 EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring Training Workshop
Pretoria, 
South Africa
May 
25-26
6th Conference on Water Resources and Sustainable Development
Blida, 
Algeria
May 
11-14
ILDAC2015 International Conference on: "Integrated Land & Water Resources Management in the Dry Areas under Climate Change"
Djerba Island, 
Tunisia
May 
11-15
36th ISRSE Symposium (ISRSE-36)
Berlin, 
Germany
May 
5-7
2015 GEO Work Plan Symposium
Geneva, 
Switzerland
May 
4
Workshop on Capacity Building and Developing Countries in GEO Post-2015
Geneva, 
Switzerland
Mar 
23-27
WCapD SRTM DEM Workshop - Africa
Pretoria, 
South Africa
Mar 
18-20
CEOS WGCapD 4th Annual Meeting
Pretoria, 
South Africa
Feb 
23-24
Space Science co-location workshop
Pretoria, 
South Africa
Feb 
17
Senegal National GEO Meeting
Dakar, 
Senegal
Feb 
10-14
3rd AMCOMET Expert Meeting & Ministerial Conference
Praia, 
Cabo Verde
Jan 
22-24
WASCAL Workshop
Ouagadougou, 
Burkina Faso
2014
Nov 
3-7
GEONETCast training: Understanding Climate Change with Space Science
Sunyani, 
Ghana
Aug 
6-8
International Workshop of Open Data for Sciences & Sustainability in Developing Countries
Nairobi, 
Kenia
Jun 
16-20
Joint Meeting of SADC Ministers of Science, Technology & Innovation and Education & Training
Maputo, 
Mozambique
May 
8-9
AfriGEOSS-EOPOWER-GEOGLAM 1st Southern Africa Regional Workshop
Pretoria, 
South Africa
Mar 
13-14
AfriGEOSS Working Group meeting
Nairobi, 
Kenya
2013
Nov 
5
AfriGEOSS launch
Addis Ababa, 
Ethiopia
AfriGEOSS Member's Map

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Member Country info
Contributions to the GEO Work Plan

Goal & Objectives

The purpose of the Working Group is to contribute to the development of a land cover programme which includes monitoring land cover change for Africa at  medium and high  resolution for the African element of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AfriGEOSS). This can be established by building mutually beneficial partnerships with national and regional institutions to assess  their land cover needs, including products, while increasing their involvement in the Global Land Cover Dataset.

The major objectives of the Working Group are as follows:

  • Evaluate the development of medium and high resolution land cover products for Africa, including the standardization of the process and the validation of the final products
  • Advocate for Earth Observation data providers to adopt a policy of full and open access to their data
  • Raise awareness of the availability of land use/land cover data, tools, applications, and land cover change dynamics among decision makers at multiple levels
  • Build mutually beneficial partnerships with national and regional institutions to assess their land cover needs, such as products and tools, while increasing their involvement in data validation for the global land cover data product
  • Build capacity within and among national and regional institutions to integrate land cover data into decision making processes
  • Promote sound governance policies and activities that maximize the value and usefulness to decision makers of land cover data at multiple scales (e.g., data openness, data sharing, institutional transparency, common data standards)
  • Establish an Africa-focused Community of Practice for Land Use and Land Cover to facilitate networking among scientists and technicians.

The immediate actions to be accomplished in the first year were identified as follows:

  • Integration into the GEO Work Plan
  • Inventory of Land Cover data sets in Africa
  • Standardization and validation of the 30m Global Land Cover of Africa
  • Resource mobilization for the Working Group
  • Development of a five year Strategic Plan

Governance

In November 2013 along the sides of the Africa GIS/GSDI 14 conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an interim Executive Board (IEB) and a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Working Group were established. The members of the IEB and the TAG are composed of experts representing the different sub-regions of Africa and International partners. The Terms of Reference for the TAG can be downloaded here

Interim Executive Board

Eastern Africa Region (Chair):

Hussein O. Farah

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Nairobi, Kenya

Email: rcmrd@rcmrd.org

  

Indian Ocean Region:
Solofo Rakotondraompiana

Université d’Antananarivo, Madagascar

Email: solofo.rakotondraompiana@univ-antananarivo.mg,

srakotondraompiana@gmail.com

Northern Africa Region:

Kamal Labbassi

Chouaib Doukkali University, Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE)

Email: labbassi@ucd.dc.ma, kamal_labbassi@yahoo.fr

  

Central Africa Region:

Aboubakar Mambimba Ndjoungui

Agence Gabonaise d’Etudes et d’Observations Spatiales (AGEOS), Gabon

Email: abmambimba@gmail.com

Northern Africa Region:

Bulelwa Semoli

National Geospatial Information at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa

Email: BMSemoli@ruraldevelopment.gov.za

  

Western Africa Region:

Adewale Akingbade

Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS)

Email: edrectas@rectas.org

 

Technical Advisory Group

Co-Chairs
Jean Parcher   Department of Interior, USA, jean_parcher@ios.doi.gov
Amadou Dieye   Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal, dieye@cse.sn
Members
Maurice Tsalefac    University of Dschang, Cameroon
Tesfaye Korme    RCMRD, Kenya
Tobias Landmann    ICIPE, Kenya
Andre Nonguierma    UNECA, Ethiopia
Farook Nathire    Ministry of Housing and Lands, Mauritius
Jean Roger Rakotoarijaona    Office National pour l'Environnement (ONE, national office for environment), Mauritius
Le Yu    Tsinghua University, China
Peng Gong    Tsinghua University, China
Alan Belward    JRC, European Commission
Chandra Giri    USGS, USA
Brice Mora    GOFC-GOLD, Netherlans
Garik Gutman    NASA, USA
Dan Irwin    NASA SERVIR, USA
John Latham    FAO
Inge Jonkheere    FAO
Peter Gilruth    UNEP
Islam Abou El-Magd    National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Egypt
Katlan  Rim    University of Gabes, Tunesia
Gofamodimo Mashame    Dept of Surveys and Mapping, Botswanna
Konrad Wessel    CSIR, South Africa
Terry Newby    NEOSS, South Africa
Joseph Libar    National Support Centre for Research (NRAC), Chad
Ganiyu I.  Agbaje    National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria
Jide Kufoniyi    AARSE, Nigeria
Gray Tappan    USGS
Issifou Alfari    Agrhymet, Nigeria
Aurelie Sand    Reunion Island IRD, Réunion Island
Foster Mensah    CERSGIS, Ghana
Andre Obregon    GEO Secretariat

 

Meetings

Upcoming Events Past Events
2015
21
May
9th meeting of the IEB
Teleconference
2015

Apr
4th meeting of the TAG
Teleconference
26
Feb
8th meeting of the IEB
Teleconference
19
Feb
3rd meeting of the TAG
Teleconference
2014
10
Dec
2nd meeting of the TAG
Teleconference
25
Nov
7th meeting of the IEB
Teleconference
12
Nov
1st meeting of the TAG
Geneva, 
Switzerland
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6th meeting of the IEB
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5th meeting of the IEB
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4th meeting of the IEB
Nairobi, 
Kenya
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3rd meeting of the IEB
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2nd meeting of the IEB
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1st meeting of the IEB
Addis Ababa 
Ethiopia

Publications

Brochure of the Working Group on Land Cover Mapping for Africa

  Land Cover Mapping for Africa Brochure cover

Land Cover Inventory for Africa

The GEO Working Group on Land Cover for Africa is conducting an inventory of current land cover activities on the continent. We are requesting your support in providing us information concerning land cover mapping activities in your country or region.

Please download and complete the Inventory form below and return it to Andre Obregon from the GEO Secretariat (aobregon@geosec.org) with a copy to Amadou Dieye (dieye@cse.sn) and Jean Parcher (jean_parcher@ios.doi.gov).

 

About the Working Group on Land Cover for Africa

 

Land Cover Mapping for Africa Brochure cover    

An important outcome of the International Symposium on Land Cover Mapping for the African Continent, which convened in Nairobi, Kenya in June 2013, was the commitment to establish a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Working Group on Land Cover for Africa. The Working Group was formally established in November 2013. It is comprised of an Executive Board with representatives from the six regions in Africa and a Technical Advisory Group, which includes both International and African remote sensing and land cover experts. Download brochure here.


AfriGEOSS Alerts
  27 AUGUST 2015
 
 
JAXA have released a new Research Announcement (RA6) for ALOS-2 PALSAR-2. The GEO Secretariat may be able to assist with international partners where needed. Proposals are due by 18 September 2015.
 
 
UK and South African Space Agencies to increase collaboration: The UK Space Agency and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them increase collaboration and review areas of common interest in their space programmes.
 
 
 
Africa to receive data free of charge: China-Brazil Earth observation satellite is now operating
 
 
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AfriGEOSS Alerts
  24 NOVEMBER 2015
Kenya becomes the 100th Member in the GEO partnership! Warm Welcome!
 
AfriGEOSS exhibited at the 1st African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology, 27 – 30 October 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Ministers urged for the initiation of a partnership between the African Union Commission and AfriGEOSS geared towards the implementation of the Africa Space Policy and Strategy.
 
Resource Mobilisation
 
TIGER Research Call for Proposals “Water for Agriculture” - Strict deadline for submission of proposals: 17 December 2015, 24:00 CET
 
 
Data-Infrastructure-Applications
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Africa Leadership Conference(ALC) 2015, 1-4 December 2015, Sharm El-Shiekh, Egypt: http://www.alc.narss.sci.eg/
 
TIGER Workshop, 1-2 February 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
 
 
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AfriGEOSS Alerts
  19 FEBRUARY 2016
AfriGEOSS Symposium 2016: Registration Now Open
 
 
On 9 December 2015 in Pretoria, Minister Pandor awarded the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) Science Diplomacy Award in the category recognizing "an international science partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to advancing global sustainable development."
Resource Mobilisation
 
 
 
Data-Infrastructure-Applications
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 – 22 April 2016.
 
AfriGEOSS Symposium 2016, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 27 – 29 April 2016
 
GEO Work Programme Symposium, Geneva, Switzerland, 2 – 4 May 2016.
 
 
 
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AfriGEOSS Alerts
  26 MAY 2016
 
Host the 2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium!: expressions of interest to host the 2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium are welcome. The symposium will be held at the first quarter of the year, January – March 2017. Please send your expression of interest to the GEO Secretariat.
 
 
 
Resource Mobilisation
 
 
 
Capacity Building
 
GOFC-GOLD has just published with the World Bank a series of training modules on REDD +. These are available in French via this portal.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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AfriGEOSS Alerts
  28 SEPTEMBER 2016
Request for information:  If you use a data portal to have access and or disseminate EO and geospatial data, please let the AfriGEOSS Coordinator know.
User Needs and Applications
 
 
Capacity Building
 
 
 
 
Two training events co-organised by the TIGER Capacity Building Facility:
 
Water Observation and Information System for Flood Monitoring Training course: 29 October to 1 November 2016 in Kampala, Uganda. If interested, please check programme, conditions and application instructions here.
 
WaterNet Alumni Refresher Course: Introduction to open source QGIS for Geospatial and Earth Observation: 20 to 25 October 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. If interested, please check programme conditions and application instructions here.
 
 
Data and infrastructure
 
 
How 3-D printing is helping farmers in the developing world – a case of Zambian weather stations composed of 3-D printed parts.
 
Resource Mobilisation and Opportunities
 
 
 
Horizon2020 Call for Proposals: Earth observation services for the monitoring of agricultural production in Africa. Let the AfriGEOSS Coordinator know if you keen to join a consortium and intend to respond!
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
GEO will be at the upcoming International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI 2016) https://icri2016.co.za/ The GEO Co-Chairs, South Africa and European Commission and the GEO Secretariat Director will deliver Keynotes. AfriGEOSS will co-host a fringe event titled: African Research Cloud: An integrated data platform for space application to be held on 3 October at 08.00 to 10:00. Please register for the conference and attend our fringe event.
 
You are invited to the GEO / AfriGEOSS events at the upcoming AARSE 2016 conference, 24 – 28 October 2016 in Kampala, Uganda:
 
 
 
 
 
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AfriGEOSS Alerts
  15 NOVEMBER 2016
User Needs and Applications
 
 
 
Capacity Building
 
 
 
 
 
Resource Mobilisation and Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 
 
Data and infrastructure
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
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