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Decision and Policy makers drawn from 29 different countries of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project beneficiary institutions of Africa gathered together at the African Union Commission to attend the second MESA Policy Dialogue workshop, which was held from 10 to 11 May 2017. Opening the workshop, Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission says "the relevance of all of us, lies on addressing the needs of the communities in order to enable them improve their
Dakar, Senegal 24 April 2017 – The second Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum kick started in Dakar,under the theme “from Earth Observation to Policy Development and Implementation”. The 2nd MESA Forum is organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Government of the Republic of Senegal. More than 200 international delegates composed of decision and policy makers, planners, earth observation data users and experts from 49
The second Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum will be held in Dakar from 24-28 April 2017, under the theme “from Earth Observation to Policy Development and Implementation”. The 2nd MESA Forum is organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Government of the Republic of Senegal. More than 200 international delegates composed of decision and policy makers, planners, earth observation data users and experts from 49 beneficiary
Marrakech, Morocco, 16 November, 2016 – African Heads of State and Government marked Africa Day in the Africa Pavilion at the UNFCCC 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) today with focused and strategic discussion on the ratification and roll out of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the key continental initiatives to support member states’ efforts. President Alpha Condé of the Republic of Guinea presided over the High Level gathering also attended by the Presidents of Botswana, H.E. Ian Khama; Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf;
What: The Africa Day at COP22 will be commemorated on Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 at the Africa Pavilion and UNFCCC side event. The day provides a platform that brings together African leaders and policymakers into a dialogue to chart a course regarding implementation of the Paris Agreement. Africa Day will therefore serve as an opportunity for the continent to discuss and showcase how it plans to sensitize, advocate for the ratification and roll out the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition, it will present a platform for
Marrakesh, Morocco, 11 November 2016 – The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) kick-started Monday, 7 November in Marrakesh (Morocco). A collaborative partnership between the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) established the Africa Pavilion in the blue zone of the COP22 village, dedicated to engagement, networking and dialogue. The
Farmers, women and youth representatives, scientists, policy as well as decision makers were gathered in Windhoek, Namibia for the third Africa Drylands Week (08-12 August 2016) conference.The conference aimed at promoting sustainable development in drylands on the continent, the five-day conference also discussed the impacts of drought, youth emigration from the continent, and impacts of these and other dryland factors on peace and stability in individual countries and in Africa at large. The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa
The sixth Africa Water Week opened in Dar-es- Salaam on Monday 18 July 2016 with a call for African scientists to actively participate in research and capacity building on the continent. During this event The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project has exhibited stories of success in MESA. MESA utilizes EO and satellite technologies to generate critical products and information services for socio-economic development of African people as well as sustainable environmental management. The project is supporting not only
The new MESA Station is installed at the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Appliquées (ISTA), Kinshasa. Eng. Georges Gulemvuga, MESA CEMAC thematic action manager demonstrated the new MESA Station to Prof. Pierre Kasengedia Moumbe, the Directeur Général of the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Appliquées (ISTA), Kinshasa. This is part of the policy being implemented by CIOS to install new MESA Stations in universities in the region to ensure long term capacity in the central Africa region on space-based environmental monitoring.
The government of Zimbabwe called on African countries to take part in the Group of Earth Observation activities as they are of critical value to the African continent due to issues of climate change, drought and flood are affecting Africa. The Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the Office of the President, Mr. Simon Khaya Moyo, who officially opened the inaugural AfriGEOSS Symposium in Victoria Falls, said “we are aware that Earth Observation science stand out as a key knowledge area for the 21st
Following the successful factory acceptance test (FAT) in Toulouse, France in December 2015, the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project started deploying satellite receiving stations to the beneficiary institutions in Africa. The deployment started with a first batch of seven reference stations and a training centre which are being shipped to Botswana, Mauritius, Niger, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo. In total, 55 stations for meteorological services, 115 stations for environmental services and related
The third European Space Agency (ESA) - developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched today, ready to provide a ‘bigger picture’ for Europe’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3A satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on 16 February. Under the Copernicus agreement signed with the European Commission on 7 November 2014, EUMETSAT will be the operator of the Sentinel-3A satellite and will deliver its marine mission
Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission revealed that the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project is one of the tools for implementing continental strategies, programmes and decisions in Africa. Some of the strategies include: the Integrated African strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services); the High Level Work Programme on climate Change Action in Africa (WPCCAA), that facilitate Member States in the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 in December
The first round of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Peer Reviews started recently in Niamey and Nairobi beginning on 12 January 2016. The objective of the Peer Reviews is to improve the implementation of the MESA services at the implementation centres. This will be done using recognised experts or peers in the following areas of expertise for Earth Observation and environmental monitoring: land, marine, water and climate; and by users of these services. The Peer Reviews are answering questions such as: - Is the
Brief for Policy and Decision Makers on Significant Weather and Climate events; expected potential impacts and on response measures from January-April 2016.
The West African Savannah is prone to wildfire. Earth Observation technologies and applications offer a means of collecting relevant bushfire data for monitoring fire risks in the region. AGRHYMET is one of the regional implementing centres of the MESA project. One of the services of AGRHYMET through the MESA project is providing wildfire information to the ECOWAS member states. While briefing the 2nd Communication workshop participants, Moulaye Mahamane Oumarou, Information System expert at AGRHYMET said “previously, we can detect more than
Using Short Message Service (SMS) of ocean conditions, the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project is saving lives and properties of fishermen in Ghana. After registering list of telephone numbers of fishermen, fishermen are currently receiving early warning and alert information derived from the satellites automatically via their mobile phones. The messages are simple numbers ranging from 1 to 4. “When I receive number 4, I know what to do. The sea wave is dangerous; I have to decide not to go out for fishing.
Plant diseases and pests have significant impact on the production of crops and are the causes of yield loss in West Africa. Remote sensing technologies are useful tools in detecting pests and diseases over a large area. Currently AGRHYMET, using applications of EO data, acquires spatial distribution information of pest and crop disease over a large area. Based on this information, AGRHYMET advises ECOWAS Member States, regarding the current status of pest and crop diseases in the region. Plant Pathologist at AGRHYMET, Dr. Mbaye Ndiaye, says
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held from 29 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, adopted the Paris Agreement. At the closure of the Paris Climate Change Conference, the French President declared that the Paris Agreement was legally binding. The full version of the Paris Agreement can be accessed using the link (http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf) The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)
Africa has been very vocal and speaking with one voice in the negotiations at the Climate Change COP21 in Le Bourget, Paris, France. This is attributable to the tireless efforts of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN) under the leadership of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) and guided by the key messages adopted by the Committee of African Heads of States and Government on Climate Change(CAHOSCC) in September 2015. Africa was further made visible with a colourful African Pavilion due to the
Under the topic "Climate Change Adaptation: An Opportunity to accelerate Integration and Sustainable Development in Africa", ACMAD MESA is organising a side event at COP21 Paris. Adaptation to climate change, integrating climate data, information systems and policy making are key areas of discussion. Please join us at ACMAD MESA side event . When: 30 November 2015 Where: Le Bourget, Paris Time: 16:45-18:15 When: 4th December 2015 Where: Le Bourget, African Pavilion Salle 1, Paris Time: 14:00-15:30 MESA products and services will also be
MESA Continental Environmental Bulletin September 2015 MESA has issued the 6th Continental Environmental Bulletin produced by the AMESD and MESA programmes. This assesses the environmental situation at continental level, and uses this to highlight areas with food security issues on land and ocean during the period April to August 2015. This assessment is based on the analysis of environmental indicators – rainfall, vegetation and fires - produced from MESA’s Earth Observation data by a team of thematic experts from the MESA implementation
The first Forum of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) conducted in Kenya from 31st August – 4th September 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Forum discussed how Earth Observation data through the MESA Project supports policy, planning and decision making at the national, regional and continental level in Africa. Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, in her opening statement said: “This Forum is a great opportunity for all of us: African Decision-
MESA Continental Environmental Bulletin - April 2015 edition The April 2015 edition of the MESA Continental Environmental Bulletin highlighted current locations in Africa where vegetation growth conditions are very bad, bad and very good; potential reduction and potential increase in fish abundance; and flooding. In this bulletin you will see that the approach has changed from the environmental indicators to thematic areas such as crops and protected areas. We hope that this will be more useful to users and policy makers – please tell us what
“The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project contributes to the overall continental Africa Agenda 2063.” Commissioner Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, REA of the AUC "The MESA Project, through its various Thematic Actions, is an important tool for implementing important continental and regional development instruments such as the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services)” asserted Jolly Wasambo while reading the opening statement of Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and
“MESA is one of the tools on the ground which Africa uses to deal with the environmental and climate challenges” Ms. Olushola Olayide The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project “is one of the tools on the ground which Africa uses to deal with the environmental and climate challenges by way of implementing the strategic directions” said Ms. Olushola Oliyade of the AUC, while addressing the MESA and Meteorological Satelites Side event during the third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology which
On-job training to exploit the MESA Station The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) provided on-job training for participants drawn from the MESA project implementing centers.The main goal of the 'On-the-Job Training' is to enable participants to exploit the eStation 2.0 for implementing the operational monitoring services of their respective thematic action that they are mandated to deploy under the MESA Program. At least a Thematic Expert and an IT specialist from each RICs/CIC participated in the the training which was held 12-
“Europe and Africa share a number of common concerns when it comes to the environment" said Timo Makela, Representative of EU Commissioner for Environment The 15th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment which was held 2-6 March 2015, in Cairo, Egypt result in the Cairo Declaration on Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. The declaration focused on how to manage natural capital of Africa; post 2015 development agenda; disaster risk reduction; combating desertification and Africa’s
The Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) programme held its 4th Technical Experts Metting on 19th to 21st January 2015, at the Mash Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Hussein Farah, the Director General of Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), who in his opening remarks stated, “RCMRD is proud to be associated with MESA IGAD Thema in the implementation of land degradation assessment and forest monitoring in the IGAD region.” The meeting convened by the MESA
A three day workshop aimed at capacity building on monitoring and evaluation, information exchange on the current status of Monitoring and Evaluation system, and paving the way for a harmonized Monitoring & Evaluation system among Implementing Centres and AU-MESA held in Addis Ababa The workshop discussed various topics: Project Cycle Management Operational Guidelines (PCM); MESA Logical Framework; proposed additional indicators by non key expert; sustainability matrix; Result Oriented Evaluation; Mid Term Evaluation; Ad hoc evaluation
Opening the 3rd MESA Programme Steering Committee Meeting, Her Excellency Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda PEACE, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission called upon all MESA stakeholders and Partners to contribute to the Africa Agenda 2063. “I know that some of the efforts you are undertaking, especially with regard to the role of earth observation in sustainable environmental and natural resources management as well as agricultural production, are already practically contributing to that vision and I encourage you
MESA attended a training coordination meeting with the newly appointed Training Contractor, a consortium led by Particip GmbH. Coordination between the contractor, the MESA Technical Assistance and the European partners EUMETSAT and JRC. Discussion included technical details related to training on the use of MESA and PUMA 2015 stations, training and capacity building techniques, working arrangements between partners, and how to train people to reach policy makers in Africa. Regarding the results of the two day coordination meeting, MESA’s
By observing the Earth from space, satellites can provide essential tools to help policy makers and policy advisers in shaping policies in the fields of climate studies and climate change assessment and mitigation, as well as in fisheries management. Successful food security planning relies on good and timely information. By observing the Earth from space, satellites can provide objective information across both space and time. Satellite sensors for vegetation and rainfall supply regular, real-time data on vegetation vigour and rainfall
“Accurate, objective and timely information is needed by all stakeholders involved in agriculture and development to address issues such as the early identification of risks and the assessment of the severity of emergencies, in order to better plan and monitor national and regional agriculture and trade policies and, ultimately, to reach the objectives of improved food security and sustainable agriculture” said Madam Olushola Oliyade, while delivering the opening statement on behalf of the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the
President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, expressed his appreciation to the University of Ghana for being the centre of choice to host the MESA project for the region. He also expressed his commitment to ensure the success of the Project. He disclosed this, following the meeting to formally present the Grant Agreement Document of the MESA ECOWAS Marine Thema Project which was held at the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja on 17 September, 2014. The Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Science, Professor Ebenezer Oduro
“The contribution of satellite technology and space science, is thus, vital for the implementation of national, regional and continental strategies such as the Integrated African Strategy of Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), the African Strategy of Disaster Risk Reduction, and the implementation of the draft African Climate Change Strategy, among others” said H.E. Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda PEACE, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission while opening the 11th EUMETSAT User Forum which was held
The African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) signed EU grant contract of 2.3 million Euros. The grant will help ACMAD to provide Climate Change Assessment Service; Drought Service and Seasonal Climate Forecast to the 48 ACP African countries as part of the implementation of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project. MESA was proposed through the Ouagadougou Declaration signed in September 2010 by the African Union Commission, the ACP Secretariat and the African Regional Economic
MESA Thematic Experts meet in Accra under the theme “starting Thematic Actions”. MESA project has seven implementing centers that uses earth observation and provide different services in different thematic areas in different regions of Africa. The thematic services include : Climate Services for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, Water Management for Cropland and Rangeland in the ECOWAS region, Management of Water Resources in Central Africa, Land Degradation Assessment, Natural Habitat Conservation and Forest Monitoring in the IGAD region,
The Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) officially launched the Pan-African “Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA)” project for the South West Indian Ocean region at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène, Republic of Mauritius on Monday 23rd June 2014. The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Honorable Mr. Devanand Virahsawmy, the Secretary General of the IOC, Mr. Jean-Claude de l’Estrac, Mrs. Corinne Paya, Project Manager and Representative of the Delegation of the
Prime Minister of Senegal, Commissioner for Rural Economy and agriculture of the African Union commission, AMCOW Interim President and Minister for Water Resources of Nigeria, the EU delegation and many other participants visited the exhibition booth of Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) which was exhibited during the 5th African Water Week and the 9th General assembly of the African Ministers, Council on Water which was organized by the African Ministers Council of Water (AMCOW) and hosted by the Republic of Senegal,
The SADC Thema developed by BDMS during AMESD used this lighter and cheaper mesh antenna for its Fire Service, seen here on the roof of BDMS in Gaborone. The Service will continue during MESA. Farai Marumbwa and Thembani Moitlhobogi are involved in the development and operation of this and the other SADC services.
Four day training aimed at building the capacity of pertinent AUC personnel come to an end today 13 June 2014, at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. The training entails better understanding of the European Development Fund (EDF) rules and improves the utilization of European funded projects. Opening the four-days training (10-13 June 2014), Professor Khalil Timamy, Head of Environment, Climate Change, Land and Water Management Division, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, recalled that the Service Contract for the
As a result of close cooperation between the European Commission, the African Regional Economic Communities, the ACP Secretariat, the African Union Commission and EUMETSAT, a succession of projects have been organised to help African countries get better access to Earth observation data. The focus for the initial PUMA project was to provide access to satellite data for weather forecasting. The objective of the subsequent AMESD and MESA projects address the provision of data for climate and environmental monitoring. PUMA: paving the way (2001-
The second MESA Project Steering Committee (PSC) proposes the organization of the 1st MESA Forum to be held in the IGAD region. During the meeting which was held from 5 to 7 February 2014 at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, also recommends the Program Coordination Team to establish link with Copernicus. PSC elects the Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD which is represented by Dr Debalkew Berhe as Chairperson and ECOWAS, represented by Dr Johnson Boanuh as Vice Chairperson. The two Regional Economic
Hulla & Co. Human Dynamics (HD) a public sector consulting company appointed Mr. Roman de Gardea as a new Program Director at Human Dynamics responsible for MESA as of 30 April 2014. He replaces Mr. Peter Koegler the former Program Director of MESA at the HD.
To address the issue of Land Degradation Assessment, Natural Habitat Conservation and Forest Monitoring Services in the IGAD region (MESA theme), the IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Centre (ICPAC) Signed grant contract of 2.75 million Euros on the 03 March 2014 at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Monitoring for environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Program advances the socio-economic pro-gress and well-being of African populations - particularly - by making vital information available
24 April 2014 No. 002 Addis Ababa To address the issue of Land Degradation Assessment, Natural Habitat Conservation and Forest Monitoring Services in the IGAD region (MESA theme), the IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Centre (ICPAC) Signed grant contract of 2.75 million Euros on the 03 March 2014 at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Monitoring for environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Program advances the socio-economic pro-gress and well-being of African populations - particularly - by