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  • 1. BRAGMA Bridging Actionsfor GMES & AfricaNewsletter no.3 | March 2013The BRAGMA project, coordinated by IICT is a Coordination and SupportAction to GMES andAfrica, supported by the EuropeanCommission. Copernicus, formerly GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme forthe establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation: http://www.copernicus.euUpcoming GMES & Africa WorkshopsThe next GMES & AfricaThematic Workshops to take placewill be the Water Resources Management Workshop inNigeria on the 14-15 May 2013 and the Natural ResourcesManagement Workshop in Egypt on the 25-26 June 2013.Both these workshops will be co-funded by the EuropeanCommission’s DG DEVCO through the JAES SupportMechanism and by the BRAGMA partner to host the event– the Nigerian National Space Research & DevelopmentAgency (NASRDA) and the Egyptian National Authority forRemote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS). A ValidationWorkshop is also projected for 2013 in South Africa, wherethe results of the three thematic workshops and the ActionPlan’s cross-cutting issues will be discussed. The objectiveof the workshop is to achieve tangible results from which todraw recommendations and to propose an implementationplan for the future of GMES & Africa.All updated information regardingthe upcoming workshops are beingdisseminated on both these platforms,including the relevant draft chaptersof the GMES & Africa Action Plan,workshop agendas, backgrounddocuments, logistical information, etc.There will also be important onlinediscussions regarding the relevant draftchapter of the Action Plan prior to thethematic workshop.Online plarformsThe third Work Package that makes upthe BRAGMA FP7 Project is entitled JointCooperation Platform and aims to buildup a network of GMES & Africa stake-holders that is aligned with the govern-ance of the initiative. Apart from build-ing a solid network of contact points,this work package also aims to analysesynergies between projects, initiativesand partnerships, and establish workinggroups for GMES & Africa’s thematic ar-eas and cross-cutting issues.BRAGMA’s online e-collaboration platformis an important step towards this objective,and by signing up you are becoming partof the GMES & Africa network.The BRAGMA e-collaboration tool andthe Capacity4Dev online platforms canbe accessed via:http://bragma.mixxt.eu/http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/africa-eu-part.gmes/
  • 2. Synergies between ProjectsOne of BRAGMA’s main objectives is to analysesynergies between projects, initiatives, andpartnerships. In view of this important objective, ourupcoming newsletters will have a section dedicated tothese projects, with the objective of finding synergiesbetween these and contributing to coherence withinthe GMES & Africa strategy.In this issue, we outline a number of projects that arelinked with the GMES & Africa initiative. We welcomeany additions to this list which you feel might bepertinent.Newsletter no.3 | March 2013The GMES & Africa Strategy in a NutshellAims to utilise the full potential of space systems for sustainabledevelopmentAims to reinforce Africa’s capacity and ownership to benefit fromSpace-based Earth Observation technology and applications.Focusses on nine thematic areas (natural resources, marineand coastal areas, water management, climate change, naturaldisasters, food security, infrastructure, conflicts and political crises,and health) and five cross cutting issues (Policy and Institutional,Infrastructure, Capacity Building, Financial, Monitoring andEvaluation) that make up the strategy’s focus.A long term partnership between Africa and EuropeFP7 projects which were launched to pave the way forthe implementation of the GMES & Africa initiative GARNET-E: GMES for Africa –Regional Network for InformationExchange andTraining inEmergencies (2010/2012)EAMNet: Europe-Africa Marine EarthObservation Network (2010/2013)SAGA-EO: Support Action to GMES &Africa on Earth Observation (2010/2012)MALAREO: EO in Malaria Vector Controland Management (2011/2013)REDDiness: Support Earth Observation-driven forest and carbon monitoring inCentral Africa for REDD (2011/2013)REDDAF: Reducing Emissionsfrom Deforestation andDegradation in Africa (2011/2014)WATPLAN: Spatial Earth ObservationMonitoring for Planning and Water Allocationin the International Incomati Basin (2011/2013)EDF-funded ProjectsPUMA: Preparation for Use of MSG(Meteosat Second Generationsatellites) in Africa (2001/2005)AMESD: African Monitoring ofthe Environment for SustainableDevelopment (2007/2013)MESA: Monitoring ofEnvironment and Securityin Africa (2013/2018)ESA-funded ProjectsTIGER:The European SpaceAgency Looking after Water inAfrica initiative (2001/2015)Other GMES & Africa-related ProjectsDevCoCast: GEONETCast for and byDeveloping Countries (2008) (FP7)ISAC: Information Service onAgricultural Change (2011/2013) (FP7)
  • 3. Newsletter no.3 | Marchh 2013AfricaGIS / GSDI Conference, 4-8November 2013BRAGMA will participate in the joint AfricaGIS/GSDIConference and will host a half-day workshop.AfricaGIS is the largest regular GIS conference inAfrica with participants from the whole continent.TheGlobal Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Associationpromotes international cooperation and collaborationin support of spatial data infrastructure developmentsthat will allow nations to better address social,economic, and environmental issues.This joint conference offers numerous opportunitiesfor oral presentations and refereed and non-refereedpublication outlets. This call supports two primaryforms of publication:(1) a conference proceedings with abstracts for allaccepted submissions with refereed and non-refereedfull papers for some of the submissions, and(2) a pre-conference published book containingfully refereed articles. The tentative title is SpatialEnablement in Support of Economic Developmentand Poverty Reduction: Research, Development andEducation Perspectives.The book will be published asan open access book in various eReader formats.Other GMES & Africa-related ProjectsThe REDD Fast Logging Assessment & MonitoringEnvironment (REDD-FLAME) project will design, prototypeand demonstrate a system capable of monitoring tropicaland sub-tropical forests using high-resolution radar (andoptical) imagery acquired by Earth Observation satellites.GMFS: Global Monitoring for Food and Security (2003) (ESA-funded)AGRICAB: Developing increased EarthObservation capacity for better agricultureand forestry management in Africa(2011/2015) (FP7)ENDELEO: aims at providing natural resources managers and any otherstakeholders with the necessary tools to help resource managers to betterunderstand and monitor their environment and its dynamics over time (financedby the Government of Belgium through its STEREOII Research Programme)If you would like to add any other projects to this list which are related to the GMES & Africa process, drop us a line atsecretariat@bragma.euExperts for Horizon 2020Advisory GroupsThe European Commission is widening its search for experts fromall fields to participate in shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, theEuropean Union’s future funding programme for research andinnovation.Expertise is called for within several areas, some of them relevant forGMES & Africa:Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies within thefollowing areas: Information and communicationTechnologies (ICT)and Space, among others.Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime researchand the bio-economyClimate action, resource efficiency and raw materialshttp://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=h2020-expertsDesignbyInstitutodeInvestigaçãoCientíficaTropical
  • 4. Newsletter no.3 | March 2013BRAGMA-GMES Africa presentation atCAAST-Net Stakeholders meeting onResearch InfrastructuresCAAST-Net is a five-year joint Africa-Europe platform dedicatedto advancing bi-regional cooperation in science and technology.The project is funded by the European Union under the SeventhFramework Programme for Research andTechnological Development(FP7)On December 3-4 2012 the third CAAST-Net stakeholders’ conferenceon Africa-Europe Science andTechnology (S&T) cooperation took place.The conference was organised in collaboration with PAERIP(Promoting African – EuropeanResearch Infrastructure Partnerships) project and provided a forumfor 100 experts and stakeholders from Europe and Africa to exchangeopinions and offered the opportunity for mutual learning on the roleof research infrastructures (RI) in S&Tcooperation partnerships between both regions, specifically withinthe context of addressing societal challenges shared by Africa andRelevant Events - 20137ª International Conference onSustainable Water ResourcesManagement21 May 2013, New Forest, UKThe conference will bring togetherdifferent stakeholders to discuss themost recent developments associatedwith the management of surface andsub-surface water resources.h t t p : / / w w w . w e s s e x . a c . u k / 1 3 -c o n f e r e n c e s / w a t e r- r e s o u r c e s -management-2013.html35th International Symposiumon Remote Sensing ofEnvironment22-26 April, Beijing, ChinaEarth Observation and GlobalEnvironmental Change - 50 Years ofRemote Sensing: Progress and Prospectshttp://www.isrse35.org/BRAGMA future EventsWater Management Workshop - technical consultation forum - which will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, 14-15 May 2013Natural Resources Workshop - technical consultation forum – which will take place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 25-26 June 2013Validation Workshop – which will take place in South Africa, October 2013.Links:http://www.bragma.euhttp://bragma.mixxt.eu/http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/africa-eu-part.gmes/AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI WorldConference (GSDI 14)4-8 November, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Spatial Enablement in Support ofEconomic Development and PovertyReduction.http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi14Europe.During this meeting Dr.Eric Mwangi did a presentation on BRAGMA – GMESAfrica “The research infrastructure”The themes ranged from Africa-EU partnership andcooperation in themes as:Basic Science for sustainable developmentDetection, identification and monitoring of infectiousdiseases of plants, humans and animal in AfricaEnvironmental research

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