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At the end of 2019, countries in the Horn of Africa began to suffer the impacts of locust swarms. Later, the locust migrated to regions in Southwest Asia. Unfortunately, the impacts on farmers are devastating. Furthermore, the combined impact of these locust plague and COVID-19 is having a toll of the livelihoods of many farmers in these regions. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has indicated that 42 million people are facing severe acute food insecurity because of this plague.

Since the end of 2019, the Aerospace Information Research Institute (ARI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been tracking the temporal and geospatial dynamics of the locust plague in the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia. To track this plague, experts from the Vegetation... read more

Publishing Date: 13/08/2020
Image: UNFPA.

In the latest example of anticipatory humanitarian action, the United Nations released $5.2 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help communities in Bangladesh prepare themselves ahead of major monsoon floods. The allocation of funds to agencies in the country to prepare to deliver support was triggered by a forecast from the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), which predicted areas having a greater than 50 per cent chance of experiencing a severe flood between 14 and 16 July. Following a second forecast by the Government’s Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre (FFWC) on 11 July, aid workers began distributing the aid.

The swift assistance provided in Bangladesh comes as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has agreed to allocate up to $140 million from the UN... read more

Publishing Date: 21/07/2020
Participants at the 8th African Space Leadership Conference. Image: ESSTI.

As the African space sector is growing rapidly, with Ethiopia being the latest country from the region to launch its first satellite, the number of initiatives to make use of space technologies in sustainable development is increasing. In November 2019, for instance, Egypt launched the African Development Satellite Project at a meeting with heads of space agencies from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Morocco and Botswana. Among others, the project aims to develop a space system able to monitor the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and their impact on the African continent. The African Resource Management Constellation (ARMC), which... read more

Publishing Date: 12/12/2019
UN-SPIDER mission team at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).

Timely and reliable information about precipitation, soil moisture and vegetation health provide essential insights for early detection of drought. Space-based information, which helps monitor these parameters, is a central data source for effective drought early warning systems.

Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER is carrying out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for... read more

Publishing Date: 28/08/2019
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Colombia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh will receive Esri's support to become more climate-resilient (Image: US Navy)

Colombia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh will receive Esri’s support to enhance their climate resilience. They will learn how to visualize, understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Together with the White House and six other institutions, Esri will contribute through tools and trainings to the climate-resilient development of these three countries. Esri has already established a collaborative resource... read more

Publishing Date: 11/06/2015

The proclamation of law 808/2013 indicates that the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) will be re-established under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Prime Minister.

The EMA has been largely responsible for the publication and distribution of valuable geo-information data under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). Among the agency's responsibilities are geodesy measurements of the Earth's surface, aerial photography,... read more

Publishing Date: 14/11/2014
Drought in Ethiopia in 2008, seen from Space by SPOT Vegetation satellite

The combined AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI World Conference was inaugurated in Addis Ababa on 4 November 2013. The conference is jointly by EIS-Africa, the GSDI Association, the International Geospatial Society, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Addis Ababa University and takes place from 4 to 8 November 2013.

AfricaGIS is the largest regularly occurring GIS conference in Africa with participants from the entirety of the continent. The GSDI World Conference has built a reputation for excellence in content and moves across the globe to offer geospatial specialists in all parts of the world opportunities to better exchange ideas and learn from global peers in building spatial data... read more

Publishing Date: 05/11/2013

The above conference was organized by AARSE together with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ethiopian Mapping Agency and took place from 25 to 29 October. It brought together more than 400 participants from all over the African continent as well as other international experts. Participation ranged from senior scientists and PhD students to government officials and private company representatives. The meeting covered four major topics from a remote sensing perspective: Food and Water Security, Energy Resources, Marine and Coastal Management as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (... read more

Publishing Date: 05/11/2010

The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a cooperation agreement on the occasion of the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop – “Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa” in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 7 July 2010.

This makes RCMRD the ninth member of the network of Regional Support Offices which support the implementation of the activities of the UN-SPIDER programme in their respective regions in a coordinated manner by taking advantage of the expertise and capabilities being offered.
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Publishing Date: 13/07/2010

From 6 to 9 July 2010, UN-SPIDER successfully conducted its regional workshop for the African continent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). More than 80 senior experts and decision-makers from 27 countries and international organizations participated in this 4-day event, which benefitted considerably from the support provided by the Government of Austria and Secure World Foundation. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Josué Dioné, the Acting Head of ECA and Director of ECA’s Food Security and Sustainable Development Division. 

With this workshop, UN-SPIDER sought to obtain elements to define a Plan of Action to tailor its activities in Africa, to identify strategies to bridge the gap between the space and the... read more
Publishing Date: 13/07/2010

 The Organising Committee of the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop: "Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for... read more

Publishing Date: 06/04/2010

UN-SPIDER cordially invites you to join the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop "Building upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response... read more

Publishing Date: 23/02/2010

Advisory Support

Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutional Strengthening Mission to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August 2019 to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, met a wide range of stakeholders in the country to identify how space-based information is currently used in the context of disaster management and drought monitoring in particular, and to make recommendations as to how to further strengthen the use of space technologies in these areas.

Mission dates: 26/08/2019 to 30/08/2019
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The workshop has been organized around paper presentations and interactive panel discussions.

These include the following areas:

  • Data Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Disaster response
  • Geospatial modelling
  • Telecommunications data... read more

In the tradition of previous Africa Data Science workshops, a summer school on machine learning and data science will be held prior to the main workshop. This summer school will target graduate students, researchers and professionals working with huge amounts of data or unique datasets.

The summer school will focus on introductory and advanced lectures in data science and machine learning as well as moderate to advanced practical and tutorial sessions where participants will get their hands wet wrangling and munging datasets and applying cutting edge machine learning techniques to derive inference from the data. Lectures will be given by distinguished world renown... read more

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the then Organization of African Unity, today African Union. It is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 15 contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions namely; Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

RCMRD Mission: To provide quality Geo-Information and allied ICT products and services in environmental and resource management for sustainable development in our member countries and beyond.

The ministerial conference is the overall policy and political organ of the RCMRD as well as a platform for promoting its... read more

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