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Weber1Staff of SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa (SERVIR E&SA) are conducting a one-week training on Sentinel Data Processing and Analysis in Kampala, Uganda. The one-week course was identified after a needs assessment conducted in May 2016 in Uganda. The stakeholders expressed interest in using free and open data from Sentinel in order to improve the current land cover maps in Uganda. Sentinel program is a joint effort of European Space Agency and European Commission to replace and continue existing older earth observation missions ensuring no data gaps on global monitoring of environment and security.

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RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA held consultations with key government ministries in Rwanda to finalize the development of the Rwanda Land Use Decision Support tool. The consultations build on the deliberations and outcomes from the SERVIR E&SA in-country user needs assessment conducted on 26th-27th May 2016. Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA), Rwanda Land Management and Users Authority (RLMUA), Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, Rwanda Natural Capital Accounting Group and University of Rwanda participated in the discussions held from April 4th -6th, 2017.

The discussions that targeted managers and technical staff in the ministries will ascertain identified priorities in specific decisions linked to Land use Land Cover change, land degradation and landslides. The Rwanda Land Use Decision Tool will build on existing datasets, information and tools to provide a dynamic decision support system to aid in specific land use planning and management decisions.

Content for this article provided by Lilian Ndungu Thematic Lead- Agriculture & Food Security, (RCMRD/SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa)

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The Centre for International Training and Executive Development (CITED) recently conducted a three day training course for RCMRD staff. Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Bosco Kyalo Kiema the Director, Technical Services at the RCMRD gave key note remarks noting that this was the third training this year for RCMRD staff. “I am happy that we are having this training on project management that will ostensibly equip our staff skills to implement projects effectively and efficiently.”

He reminded staff that the RCMRD aspires to be a premier centre of excellence in the provision of geo-information for sustainable development in the 20 member States and beyond and thus the way in which staff implement projects should be outstanding. “Even as we make demands to staff to produce better results, management has a responsibility to train and equip staff with adequate skills,” he added, knowledge and skills acquisition are important. “I have never seen or heard of someone who has constipated on knowledge. Engage with the facilitators and improve your skills and manage projects effectively and efficiently.”

The three day course provided an introduction to the principles and skills of effective project management. It took participants through the stages of the life cycle of a project from initiation to completion and evaluation. It was intended for staff who have a clear remit to achieve specific objectives with clearly-defined start and end points, which are separate from ongoing day-to-day activities. The range and scale of projects that participants manage may be wide.

The objectives were to enable staff be aware of what a project is; appreciate the role of the project manager; identify the basic principles and techniques of project management; apply techniques of project planning, scheduling; budgeting and risk assessment. The training also emphasized the need for project communication throughout the project life cycle. It also focused on identifying the project stakeholders and understanding ways of managing the relationship with them at different points of the project life cycle. Mary Nderi, Marietta Stephen & Leonard Nyamai were the facilitators for the three days (July 12 to 14). Staff received certificates of participation after successfully completing the three day course. See photos here

This article is written by Dorah Nesoba (Communications and Outreach Expert at RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA)

Photo credits: Gerald Omondi, Webmaster, RCMRD

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) adviser, Mr. Makoto ASHINO visited the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) on 18th February, 2016. He came to discuss a proposal for the deployment of GPS receivers in the region. RCMRD is spearheading the Africa Geodetic Reference Frame (AFREF)

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