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The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) is a joint programme of the European Commission and the African Union Commission. It serves to strengthen and further develop infrastructure for a more coherent exploitation of Earth Observation data (space and in-situ), technologies and services in support of the environmental policies for sustainable development in Africa and African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

It particularly works to adapt Copernicus Earth Observation Programme data and services for use in the African context to respond to African needs with respect to the development of services for water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas, address the global needs to manage the environment, and ensure civil security. Today, GMES and Africa is implemented by 12 Consortia involving 144 institutions in 45 African countries, covering the whole continent. The programme implements two services on i) Natural and Water and ii) Marine and Coastal Resources involving exclusively African thematic and scientific institutions, and in cooperation with European partners including Earth observation providers European Space Agency (ESA), Copernicus and EUMETSAT.


Marine and Coastal Applications

GMES and Africa Programme - Marine and Coastal Resource Management Applications

Marine and Coastal Services

Consortium leader: University of Ghana

Countries involved: Benin, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, Sao Tome & Principe and Mauritania.

The Marine and Coastal Areas Management in western Africa project provides five operational services using Earth observation tools:

  • potential fishing zone charts overlaid with vessel traffic,
  • monitoring and forecasting oceanographic variables,
  • Forecasts of ocean conditions disseminated as SMS alerts
  • coastal vulnerability indices and
  • mapping of coastal and ecosystem/ habitats.

All products are accessible via the project’s geoportal, click here. The main datasets and products available on this portal are obtained from numerous
sources including the Regional Marine Centre, European Space Agency, the EU’s Copernicus Marine Service, EUMETSAT and Plymouth Marine Laboratories.

Consortium Leader:Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Countries involved: Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania

The Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCOSouth) project will strongly contribute to the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy through application of world-leading satellite sensors, e.g. the European Sentinel series, with innovative and regionally optimised products. The MarCOSouth project aims to maintain, further develop and provide a sustainable platform for local, institutional, human and technical capabilities in the African partner countries that include Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. It will focus on the development of services focused on sustainable socio-economic development, empowering a wide range of users in the public and private sectors through the application of regionally-optimised satellite observations and model based forecasts in the South and East African marine and coastal domains.

Consortium leader: National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences, Egypt

Countries involved: Egypt, Mauritania Morocco, Tunisia

The Marine and Coastal project NAfCOAST aims at developing Earth Observation operational tools for coastal ecosystems mapping, monitoring and assessment of the north African countries based on time series information that could be easily achieved by earth observation rather than other localised or limited coverage source. NAfCOAST GEO Portal includes a data viewer, layers, maps, a tool to monitor oil spills, and potential fishing zones.

Consortium Leader: Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI)

Countries : Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

The GMES and Africa Marine and Coastal Management in East Africa has two components:

  • The oceanic component which consolidates three applications, Monitoring and forecasting of Physical and Biological Oceanography variables, Fishing Zones Monitoring and Protection, and 3-Day Marine Weather Forecasts.
  • The coastal component consisting of the development of a Coastal Vulnerability Assessment which is intended to provide a critical mechanism to understand and explore specific ecosystem services through Coastal Vulnerability Index maps and the Coastal Ecosystem Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment.


Dr. Tidiane Ouattara, GMES & Africa Coordinator presents how the Copernicus Marine Service supports GMES & Africa programme

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