GEO’s Blue Planet Initiative, which serves as its ocean and coastal arm, hosted an official side event during GEO Week 2021 on developing cooperation across GEO activities to address marine hazards in Africa. The side event discussed the role of Earth Observations in monitoring, preparing for, and recovering from marine hazards. It also looked at how GEO can support the coastal aspects of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction in Africa. By bringing representatives from the GEO community, the event also served to inform priorities and identifying opportunities for future collaboration across GEO activities and regional GEOs around this thematic.

Speakers included experts giving local perspectives from Senegal, and the Seychelles. Representatives from AfriGEO, GEO Digital Earth Africa, GEO Human Planet, GEO Blue Planet and GEO’s Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group presented actions to address coastal hazards on the African continent. The event was hosted in the framework of the EU4OceanObs Action, which facilitates the EU coordination of GEO Blue Planet.