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.
Initial phase | 2017 – 2021
A successful initial phase ran from 2017 to 2021 implemented by 12 Consortia, involving 122 institutions – almost all from Africa – and 51 countries.
Phase two | 2022-2025
Kicked-off in early 2022, the GMES and Africa phase two is currently underway, running to 2025, with an initial investment of EUR 24.65 million from the European Union.
Phase two awarded eight consortia across the African continent with grants to foster and catalyse the development of African-driven Earth Observation (EO) services and applications tailored to African needs at continental, regional and local levels. The consortia will work alongside African organisations, policymakers and practitioners, and in cooperation with the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme, the European Space Agency and EUMETSAT, 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 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.
The second phase of the programme also introduces a strong component on women and youth, with the decision to include 30% of women specialised in EO-related fields as part of the consortia teams.