SA asserts its role in continent’s earth observation

January 11th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Dr Clement Adjorlolo and Nosiseko Mashiyi, led by Earth Observation managing director Andiswa Mlisa, attended the AfricaGIS 2017 Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 20 to 24 November 2017.

The AfricaGIS conference and exhibition focuses on geo-information science and technologies in Africa, with the principal objective to provide a platform for geospatial practitioners to share information and knowledge to advance the development and application of geo-information science and technologies to meet African developmental needs.

The South African delegation at the AfricaGIS 2017, including SANSA, NGI, CSIR, Esri South Africa, DigitalGlobe, and Swaziland National Mapping Agency.

The South African delegation at the AfricaGIS 2017, including SANSA, NGI, CSIR, Esri South Africa, DigitalGlobe, and Swaziland National Mapping Agency.

The delegation promoted SANSA’s activities and role in earth observations geared towards the conference theme “geospatial and statistical information imperatives towards the Africa we want”.

Mlisa also participated in the expert group meeting on the development of geospatial information standards for Africa and the third meeting of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Africa, in particular to advocate for the role of earth observations in generating the identified fundamental datasets for Africa, in the implementation and monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need for improved infrastructure and processing tools through platforms such as the Africa Data Intensive Research Cloud (ADIRC).

Dr Adjorlolo and Mashiyi represented SANSA in the H2020 project kick-off meeting, an agricultural project under the European Union that is aimed at contributing to food supply projections and agricultural risk assessment for Africa.

Contact Ndleleni Boyilane, SANSA, Tel 012 844-0321, nboyilane@sansa.org.za

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