The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) attended the water open information system workshop held in Tunis from 5-9th October, 2015. The workshop was organized by the European Space Agency’s Tiger Capacity Building Facility / ITC in collaboration with Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS). Water Open Information System (WOIS) is an open source software suite developed by ESA (European Space Agency) under the framework of the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative. WOIS contains workflows for processing satellite imagery and derived products to evaluate, track and quantify some aspects related to water resources management.
In the last three years, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) has focused on developing countries’ capacities to create land cover maps appropriate for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventories. The RCMRD/SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa land cover mapping project started with six countries,
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) hosted a five-day forest degradation monitoring workshop from 19- 23rd, October 2015. The workshop attracted experts from various countries including Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. The workshop comprised presentations on methods, national capacities and dynamics, training and practical work, and synthesis of results and outlook. In terms of promoting forest monitoring in the East African region, the forest degradation monitoring workshop aimed at reinforcing the capacity to process, interpret and obtain information from satellite data, outline options and strategies for national forest agencies on how to monitor forest change, and assess worldwide forest change product by country.
Participants being shown how a tool works during a training session in the lab.
This was among a set of workshops organized by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to inform partner institutions and train them in techniques for monitoring and assessing forest degradation using remote sensing and field survey. The forest degradation monitoring workshop was under the ReCaREDD project hosted by JRC. The goal of the project is to increase the capacity of institutions in partner countries to report on forest degradation, in a dependable and cost-efficient way. RCMRD is implementing land degradation assessment and forest monitoring in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region through the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project.
Malawi is among the countries most impacted by floods, droughts, forest fires, and variations in temperature and rainfall. The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa have been collaborating with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in Malawi to find out just how vulnerable the country’s people are to these hazards and their effects on food security and livelihoods. RCMRD/SERVIR-E&S Africa and DoDMA compiled a