About the Project
RCMRD is among 13 successful consortia of institutions that were selected by the African Union Commission (AUC) to serve as Regional Implementing Centres for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) Support Programme. GMES is building upon the achievements of its predecessor programmes which include the MESA, AMESD and PUMA projects.
The Centre will be implementing three applications i.e.
- Land Degradation Monitoring & Assessment
- Wetlands Monitoring & Assessment
- Open Geographical Regional Reference Vector Database for water and & agro-ecological zoning
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa) Support Programme is the result of the longstanding cooperation between Africa and Europe in the area of space science & technology, which is one of the key priorities of the long-term EU-Africa Joint Strategy. GMES & Africa Support Programme is administered by the African Union Commission through the Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST) Commission and supported by a technical assistance team lead by GAF AG.
The programme aims at improving African policy-makers’, planners’, scientists’, business and private sector and citizens’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.
GMES will use and adapt the Copernicus Programme data and services to the African context. It is designed to specifically respond to African needs with respect to services related to water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas and to address the global needs to manage the environment, mitigate climate change and ensure civil security.
It will enable the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, formulated to harness the continent’s capabilities in utilizing space science and technology for economic growth and sustainable development. In the implementation agreement, the African Union Commission is the ‘delegated authority’ responsible for the management of the programme.
GMES Regional Implementing Centres across Africa