PanAfGeo at the AfriGEOSS Side Event 0
Posted on 23, December 2015
in Category News
The Group on Earth Observation XII Plenary and the 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, as well as all associated meetings and events, was hosted by the Government of Mexico and took in Mexico City from 9 to 13 November 2015.
The AfriGEOSS Side Event took place on the 10th of November 2015. The AfriGEOSS initiative, developed within the GEO framework, aims to enhance Africa’s capacity for producing, managing and using Earth observations data and information and to strengthen the link between GEO activities and existing capabilities and initiatives in Africa.
The Side Event reviewed the progress made towards the implementation of AfriGEOSS since its launch, including progress on developing the concept for data access and dissemination in Africa. During the event PanAfGeo has been presented to explore harmonization with existing efforts, especially in the area of mapping and training, and to create synergies and coordination with a number of activities contributing to AfriGEOSS.
PanAfGeo will enhance the capacity and role of African National Geological Surveys (i.e. regional mapping and exploration, mineral resources assessments, trainings, etc.), and therefore represents an opportunity for many African GEOSS stakeholders involved in the geosciences to have their concerns addressed. In this framework, the session initiated discussions on the involvement and role of non-Geological Survey stakeholders and the benefits to GEOSS. GEO has been formally listed as a key PanAfGeo stakeholder, and its opinion will be taken into consideration during the project development. Moreover PanAfGeo will partially continue the AEGOS (Africa-Europe Geoscientific Observation Network) Project, which was contributing to AfriGEOSS.