The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) signed a memorandum ofunderstanding (MOU) with Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) on 28th October, 2015 in Jinja, Uganda. LVFO is a regional institution with a mandate to manage fisheries and aquaculture in the East African Community. The MOU was signed by Mr. Godfrey Monor, the Executive Director, LVFO, and Dr. Hussein Farah, the Director General, RCMRD. The partnership between RCMRD and LVFO will include sharing of water quality data, land cover maps, satellite imagery and geospatial products, and collaboration in capacity development of LVFO in Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). Under the partnership, LVFO’s secretariat will provide historical Insitu water quality data to RCMRD for validating satellite derived water quality and improvement of RS methods.
Signing of MOU between RCMRD and LVFO.
Dr. Hussein Farah, the Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) met Mr. Gabindadde-Musoke, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land and Urban Development in Kampala, Uganda on 27th, October, 2015. Also present during the meeting was Mr. Wilson Ogaro, the Commissioner of Survey and Mapping, Uganda. The Permanent Secretary thanked RCMRD for the support they have provided to the Ministry and four other institutions in Uganda. He requested RCMRD to support his Ministry in training of staff in Geo-database creation and management and conversion of hardcopy maps into digital formats.
Dr. Farah at the Surveys and Mapping offices.
The management of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) held a closed door meeting with Athina Trakas, the Director European and Africa Services, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Arnulf Christl, Spatial Systems Architect, former president and founder, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) on 6th November, 2015. The aim of the meeting was to get more information on OGC and OSGeo and their related activities. OGC is a member of OSGeo and OSGeo is a member of OGC. OGC is a standards body dealing with geospatial data with 520 members, while OSGeo is a voluntary membership project with a mission to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. Also, RCMRD was a member of OGC.
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is holding the 49th meeting of the Technical Committee at its premises in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting is being attended by representatives from RCMRD member States among other experts. The 49th meeting of the Technical Committee was officially opened by Ms. Mariamu El Maawy, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya.