Side event: The GMES & Africa initiative
Date & Venue:
8-9 November. Hammamet, Tunisia.
How the event went:
This event will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, with the aim to review the progress achieved so far on the GMES and Africa process, to agree on a strategy for the future and to pave the way for specific actions included in the framework of the 2010-13 Action Plan of the 8th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space to be adopted at the third Africa-EU Summit.
The objective of event is to raise political awareness, to reaffirm the commitment of key stakeholders to the process and to establish roadmap for future action.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) is the European Initiative for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation. The "GMES & Africa" process was launched by the Lisbon GMES and Africa Declaration of December 7 2007 in the context of the 2nd EU-Africa Summit. The initiative aims to set-up an overall framework in Africa for Earth Observation (EO) applications. This will in turn permit a more systematic and coherent exploitation of EO data (both space and in-situ), technologies and services in support of national and regional policies in such critical sectors as climate, environment, food security and natural resources. It will also enable policy makers to take informed decisions to mitigate the effect of climate change and to reduce disaster risk. GMES & Africa aims at establishing a long term partnership between African and European stakeholders, to make full use of the potential of space systems for sustainable development.
Approximately 100 participants from the African Union Commission (AUC), the European Commission, the African Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat, AU and EU Member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the European Space Agency, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST), the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), the African National Space Agencies, etc.