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VEGETATION - 2000

Lake Maggiore - Italy, 3-6 April 2000


The contribution of VEGETATION/ SPOT 4 products to Remote Sensing Applications for Food Security, Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring in the IGAD sub-region.

Guy PIERRE SCOT
BENEFICIARIES:IGAD - Intergovernmental Authority on Development, P.O. Box 2653 Djibouti. + IGAD Member-states: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan

Paper (pdf file, 878 k)

1.Introduction and background

The strengthening of remote sensing applications for early warning, food security and environmental monitoring in the IGAD sub-region is a regional project financed by the 7th European Development Fund. It envisages supporting the National Meteorological Services of the IGAD member-states in better responding to the reception and interpretation of low resolution satellite data and thus contributing to the compilation of regional strategies for tackling vital emergencies, as well as nutritional and environmental problems of the population of the region. The Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) for this project is the IGAD Secretariat and the Supervising authority is the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) in Nairobi where the project is based at.

2.Summary of activities undertaken by the Remote Sensing project

Following a restricted tender, the technical assistance for the execution of the project has been awarded to the consulting firm SCOT (FR) which started its activities in August 1998. The project office was established in Nairobi within KMD and two permanent staff, the Regional Co-ordinator and the Remote Sensing Officer were installed. Between October 1998 and March 1999, the team has conducted visits in all IGAD countries to evaluate the remote sensing situation and to assess the needs of National Meteorological Services, Early Warning Units and Environment agencies. Several co-ordination meetings were held so far in Djibouti, Nairobi and Brussels to monitor the progress of the project and discuss the consultant’s preliminary recommendations.

Taking into consideration the needs assessment results in the IGAD member states, the consultant presented a development plan with a number of technical options, that were approved by all IGAD member states during a workshop held in Nairobi in last January 2000.

These include the selection of equipment to be installed in the different National Meteorological Services (NMS), Ministries of Agriculture and of Environment with all the support activities required, as well as the regional dissemination of regional and national VEGETATION/ SPOT 4 products, through the regional hub of Nairobi, towards the other NMS, that shall further disseminate to other national public users.