Stories of Success in MESA exhibited during the 6th Africa Water Week

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 African general public, scientists and institutions but also supports African decision-makers and planners in designing and implementing policies and development plans for sustainable development, thereby enhancing socio-economic conditions of the African populous.

Opening the conference which has drawn participants from across the African continent, Minister for Water and Irrigation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Engr Gerson Lwenge was gratified to note the diversity of expertise and great wealth of experience in water that is gathered. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them," said Engr Lwenge. The water sector on the continent is facing huge challenges with most of them emanating from anthropogenic activities he added.

The sixth Africa Water Week, under the theme “achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation” is organized by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW). And the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project 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 African general public, scientists and institutions but also supports African decision-makers and planners in designing and implementing policies and development plans for sustainable development, thereby enhancing socio-economic conditions of the African populous. The project promotes regional integration, enhances Africa’s access to EO data, develops and disseminates products and services, encourages exchanges between the African and European experts and institutions, and also enhances the capacity of African institutions, policy makers and experts.

The MESA project is currently offering products and operational services to African users in areas such as: agricultural production, monitoring and assessment of droughts, floods and wildfires, climate services for disaster risk reduction, land degradation mitigation, coastal and marine resources management, water resources management, natural habitat conservation, rangeland management, and forestry management.

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