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AMESD Services are tested in Real Life Situations

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The AMESD Regional Implementation Centers are delivering services to support natural resources management. The effort is directed to test and proof the utility of the portfolio of products delivered to target users in different thematic areas.
The Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) is assisting national institutions of countries belonging to the Indian Ocean Commission to develop pilot projects for the identification of Potential Fishing Zones. The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is generating products to be used for the sustainable management of host spot areas for biodiversity and wildlife in IGAD countries.
In this article we report two stories of AMESD services used in Tanzania for the management of fisheries and in Kenya to tackle the problem of forest fires around Mount Kenya.

Identify Potential Fishing Zone in Tanzania coast: the pilot project

The fishery in Tanzanian coast is mainly artisanal, contributing about 90% of the total landings. It has major socio-economic and cultural importance and contributes significantly to food security. The fishery is a multispecies, involving variety of fishing gears and vessels and most coastal communities depend on marine resources for their livelihood. Demand for marine resources for local consumption and export is growing, leading to further pressure on the resources. Furthermore, as a result of its open access nature which is subject to inefficient management control, this multi-species fishery increasingly faces problems of local overexploitation.Therefore, as near-shore fish stocks dwindle and move further offshore, locating fish has become extremely challenging, both in terms of suitable fishing grounds and costs of reaching there.

With the on-set of AMESD project, whose goal is to provide a reliable and timely forecast on the location of Potential Fishing Zones (PFZs), the future is bright for artisanal fishers. Briefly, fish aggregate in areas where biological and physical environmental variables such as chlorophyll concentration and sea surface temperature are favourable. Through satellite images, these environmental variables (in other word fish feeding areas) can be identified positively and mapped.


Conference Reiterates Utilization of Environmental Data into Decision Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

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Organized by the African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) programme, “Conference on the Use of Earth Observation to Support Environmental Policy Making in Africa” is successfully concluded urging African policy makers to promote an active, informed and sustainable participation in global environment surveillance initiatives.

The specific objective of the conference was to sensitize policy makers on the utilization and integration of the AMESD regional products and services, and in general environmental Earth observation information, into the development process of AU member states.

The conference took place in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 22-23 May 2012, with the theme “Showcase the Use of AMESD Services for Policy Making.” It was attended by around 50 representatives from each African Regional Economic Communities (RECs): CEMAC, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC, IOC; AMESD Regional Implementation Centres (RICs), Environmental Policy makers from AU member states. In addition, about 60 local and international organizations, universities, and others attended the conference.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:21

Workshop Emphasizes Integration of AMESD Services into Environmental Decision Making

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A mid-term workshop of the AMESD IGAD thematic action held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on 15-17 February 2012. Approximately sixty participants from the AMESD IGAD network of partners and associates attended the workshop.

The need to inform and acquaint decision makers on the development and integration of the AMESD IGAD THEMA products and services into environmental decision making for sustainable development of the region was highlighted.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 06:26

MESA: A Leap Forward for Earth Observation Applications in Africa

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The African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) program will come to an end in June 2013. A new €37 million program – ‘Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)’ will bridge AMESD with the follow-up ‘Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)’ Initiative. The implementation of MESA will start in 2013 and run until 2018.

Since its inception in 2007, the AMESD program has taken the Preparation for the Use of Meteosat Second Generation in Africa (PUMA) a step forward by extending the use of Earth observation technologies and data to environment and climate monitoring applications. MESA, likewise, will build on the results of AMESD to address the needs for improved management of natural resources and environmental security towards sustainable development in Africa, at continental, regional and national levels, including all Sub-Saharan African countries. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:41

“The use of space based data and information is one of the key pillars of ICPAC’s strategic plan”

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Professor Laban Ogallo, Director of IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), based in Nairobi, Kenya, shares his view on the importance of AMESD program from national and regional perspectives. ICPAC, which functions in the IGAD region, is one of the five AMESD Regional Implementation Centres (RICs) in Africa.

It is estimated that nearly 76% of the IGAD region is composed of arid and semi-arid lands which are characterized by high variability of rainfall and deteriorated by severe land degradation. What are the roles and challenges of ICPAC towards mitigating the major climatic/environmental challenges in the region?

ICPAC provides timely climate early warning information for the mitigation of adverse impacts of climate variability and climate change. It develops an improved, pro-active, timely and broad-based system of climatic and environmental information at both regional and national levels through its national partners. It also attempts to maintain quality-controlled databases and information systems which are required for risk and vulnerability assessment, mapping of hazards and climate change impacts. General support is also provided to the national and regional disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:33
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