The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa programme (GMES and Africa) held its phase two kick-off and grant awards ceremony from 14 to 18 March 2022 in Cotonou, Benin. A joint initiative of the African Commission and European Commission, GMES and Africa serves to strengthen and further develop infrastructure and capacity for increased exploitation of Earth observation (EO) data (space and in situ), technologies and services in support of environmental policies for sustainable development in Africa. After a successful initial phase from 2016 to 2021, this next phase of GMES and Africa phase runs from 2022 to 2025, with an initial investment of EUR 24.65 million from the European Commission.
Eight consortia to implement phase 2
During the ceremony, GMES and Africa awarded eight consortia across the African continent with grants to foster and catalyse the development of African-driven EO services and applications tailored to African needs at continental, regional and local levels. The consortia will work alongside African organisations, policymakers and practitioners to make more effective use of EO products towards sustainable management of natural resources and strengthened mitigation and adaption options in the face of climate change.
GMES and Africa phase two will continue to cover the two thematic areas of the initial phase i) water & natural resources and ii) marine & coastal areas. Through the grants, the consortia will address the needs of operational information services in Africa covering the entire value chain: from increasing access to information and development and provision of services, to enhancing engagement and capacity of users and ensuring utilisation of these services.