Installation of the new MESA Station at the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Appliquées (ISTA), Kinshasa

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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.

Minister called on African countries to benefit from Earth Observation

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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 century. The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable socio-Economic transformation is founded on scientific evidence based decision making. GEO Earth Observation is its core”.

The MESA project started deployment of satellite receiving stations

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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 sec- tors, and 4 training centres will be installed.

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