AfriGEO is an initiative of the African community in GEO aimed at providing a coordination framework and platform for Africa's participation in GEO. In addition, it is a:
The AfriGEO Secretariat, through a resolution of the 2018 Steering Committee meeting held in Gabon, was moved to the Regional Centre for mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) based in Nairobi, Kenya from Geneva where it had been hosted since its inception.
The AfriGEO Objectives are to:
The Africa Space Industry has significantly grown in the last 10 years. The value of EO in addressing many development agendas is undoubted. The SDGS Vision 2030, Africa Space Policy and strategy as well national development agendas are all aligned to spur sustainable economic development that is inclusive and leaves no one behind. We want to see that African EO industries are also rising to the occasion to fill in the gaps in addressing these development challenges. Africa Agenda 2063 reflects the African desire for shared prosperity, unity and integration. Key to providing support to the agenda was also the formulation of science, technology and innovation strategy which is an important intervention for using science and technology in responding to key priorities of the continent.
Key objectives to be addressed and achieved by the space policy includes:
A prerequisite to achieving all the above objectives is collaboration and integration (amalgamating systems, people, policies, parts together to improve productivity and quality of operations). A backbone to this approach already provided for in the Africa Space Policy which aims to create a well-coordinated and integrated African Outer space Programme that is responsive to the aforementioned spheres (technological, social, political, economic, legal and environmental).
AfriGEO symposium 2021 therefore aims at providing a platform to begin enhance collaboration and integration by bringing together experts from the aforementioned spheres to discuss, unlock and activate the growth of African Industries in EO.
This symposium shall focus on 5 thematic areas:
The opening session for the symposium shall be run as a plenary session. The moderator will welcome everyone and highlight the rules of enggagement, after which he shall introduce the guest speakers from GEO, Africa Caucus chair and the AfriGEO secretariat to make some remarks on GEO priorities and actions, orientation in the coming years, and alignment to regional challenges, AfriGEO achievements in the last two years, and outlook on where it should be, the secretariats support in meeting the AfriGEO Work Program (WP) as well as a call to member countries and participating organizations in how they can support AfriGEO in meeting its obligation. The keynote speech will be delivered by a representative of IPCC, who will provide insights on AR6, and what it means for Africa.
Climate change is one of the key thematic areas this year given the current status of climate change after the AR6 and with COP 26 in the offing. This session will provide perspective on how EO communities are supporting Climate issues related to: Adaptation and Vulnerabilities, Building Resilience, Paris commitments, reporting challenges. This session will thus create a platform to discuss how EO is being used and how it can fast track support to countries meeting the Paris Agreement. Session shall be a plenary with 4 speakers from GEO, Space Agency, DE Africa and country UNFCCC representative. Session shall also have two showcase studies on EO use in addressing some of the climate change challenges.
Agriculture and food security is a significant development challenge in the region. Sub-Saharan Africa has an estimated 239 million people suffering from hunger, mainly driven by climate variability, pests and diseases, poverty and inconsistent food production policies. The session shall focus on EO utilities and services that address risks related to pests and diseases, and the vulnerabilities brought about by climate change. EO technologies that are contributing to monitoring and early warning systems against shocks and stresses such as drought and flooding, which significantly affects food production. To put productivity into context, geo-spatial technologies are also instrumental in mapping soil systems, providing yield estimations, monitoring markets, and mitigating risk through use of quality insurance and precision agriculture systems. A keynote address by SANSA focusing on EO contributions to this sector, highlighting DE Africa contributions as well, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from GEOGLAM, GEO LDN, SERVIR E&SA, and CSIR will form the key features of this session.
This session shall provide an opportunity for partners and SMME’s to showcase their EO activities and services. The session shall have three parts with two guest speakers, plenary sessions for partners and virtual booths that shall be run in parallel, in two batches, with each batch active for 15 minutes. Videos within the booths shall remain accessible even after the event. Exhibitors shall leave their contacts for any questions that shall not be addressed within the virtual booths.
The session shall be started with a keynote talk from ITC Professor of GeoHealth and Education in the Department of Earth Observation Science, to discuss how EO has been utilized to support various Health related challenges. It will also be a learning session for EO practitioners to share experiences around the EO utilities in the health sector, which creates better integration and opportunities to support the sector as a community. The session shall also feature presentations on use of EO in managing, monitoring (hotspots), and predicting the spread of diseases (water borne, weather triggered, communicable), health resources management, health-environmental nexus and the future applications of EO in addressing holistic human health. .
This shall be a 40 minutes discussion session that serves to catalyze conversations within the AfriGEO Communities of Practice, attract new members and an opportunity to know who is working on what, where and with whom. The idea is to enhance and strengthen the networks built from this session into future COP conversations, particularly to synthesize and translate the symposium’s outcomes into actions.
This session shall be used to showcase the value of using EO in early warning early actions systems which is key in averting the impact of risks, reducing the loss of human lives and building resilience. The session also aligns with GEO and AfriGEO priority actions in support of the Sendai Framework for disasters. The session shall focus on issues related to use of EO to assess damage and impact, socio-economic impact, early warning, new technology and innovations, and challenges (data gaps, in-situ data, accuracy and precision of EO).
This shall be a plenary session to convey gratitude to the participants and to close the Symposium. We shall have all session moderators, excluding sessions 4 and 6, summarize key takeaways for their session in 3 minutes. The secretariat chair shall summarize the key action points and finally the closing remarks shall be given by the Caucus chair as he officially closes the symposium.
AfriGEO partners interested to make presentations (8 minutes)at the plenary session 4 (Industry Focus) taking place on 18th Nov 1420-1630 EAT) can forward their request through the secretariat PoC (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
Interested exhibitors or demonstration providers are also requested to share a description of their intended demo with Secretariat ( firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ), in no more than 200 words. The secretariat will use this description to post an overview of the demo/exhibition on the virtual platform. A virtual space will be provided where the exhibitor will make his/her demo during the time allocated for the demonstration. Exhibitions/demos may cover company profile, data, analysis methods (e.g. GEE, machine learning and artificial intelligence), new software or hardware, geospatial tools, etc. Persons running the demonstrations are highly encouraged to register with the Secretariat, and stick to the allocated time to run their demos/exhibitions (8 minutes). Recorded demonstrations which can be set to run in the virtual room with clear audio and visual content is also recommended. Please submit by intention to submit content by 29th Oct, 2021.
Are working on using Earth Observation to address challenges related to health. We are looking for a showcase presentation in on use of EO in managing, monitoring (hotspots), and predicting the spread of diseases (water borne, weather triggered, communicable), health resources management, health-environmental nexus and the future applications of EO in addressing holistic human health.
If you are interested in making a presentation in this session, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by the 27th September.
Director, GEO SecretariatGuest Speaker
Caucus Chair / Alternate Chief Director: Space Science and Technology, Dept. of Science and Innovation (DSI), South AfricaGuest Speaker
Director General, RCMRD/AfriGEO Secretariat(Host)Guest Speaker
Director and Professor of Climatology, Global Change Institute, University of the WitwatersrandKeynote Speaker
Managing Director, Earth Observations, SANSAKeynote Speaker
ITC Professor of GeoHealth and Education in the Department of Earth Observation ScienceKeynote Speaker
Director of the Climate Hazards Center (CHC) at UC Santa BarbaraPresenter
Lead Scientist in remote sensing, South African Weather ServicePresenter
External Relations, GEO SecretariatPresenter
University of Twente (ITC)Presenter
Senior Scientist Cape Point Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Station SA Weather ServicePresenter
GEO Blue Planet European Coordinator @ Mercator Ocean International - EU4OCEANOBS FPIPresenter
Solution Engineer, ESRIPresenter
GIS and Remote Sensing Technical Lead, Locate IT LimitedPresenter
Ag. Director, Space Sector & Technology Development, Kenya Space AgencyPresenter
Postdoc- spatial epidemiology Lancaster University & KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research programmePresenter
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) Team Risk Analysis Division Office of Technical and Program Quality, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian AssistancePresenter
Climate Coordinator, GEO SecretariatPanelist
Regional Science Coordination Lead for Servir West Africa, NASA/SERVIR Science Coordination OfficePanelist
Partnerships and Strategic Planning, D E Africa Establishment TeamPanelist
Climate Change Specialist, NDC support project, UNDPPanelist
Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland/ Africa Program Director, NASA HarvestPanelist
Associate Professor, University of Energy and Natural Resources, GhanaPanelist
Thematic Lead Agriculture and Food Security, SERVIR E & SAPanelist
Principal Researcher, CSIRPanelist
Lead-Geospatial Modelling and Analysis , CSIRPanelist
Director - Planning, Policy and Research, NASRDAPanelist
Innovation Lead, Kenya Red CrossPanelist
Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Department of Earth and Climate Sciences.Panelist
Thematic expert in Numerical Weather Prediction/Head of “Weather Watch and Forecasting Department”, ACMADPanelist
Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Energy (MACCE), SeychellesPanelist
Deputy General Manager, AGEOSModerator
Crop Modeller at RCMRD / SERVIR E & SAModerator
Director of Business and Technical Services, LocateIT LimitedModerator
Remote Sensing Expert, SANSAModerator
Researcher, Earth Sciences/Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (IST/UCAD)Moderator
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