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WEF/DE Africa report highlights economic potential of Earth observation data for Africa

Cover of the WEF/DE Africa Report. Image: World Economic Forum.

A new report outlines the economic potential of Earth observation (EO) data for the African continent. The report "Unlocking the potential of Earth observation to address Africa’s critical challenges”, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) on January 15, explores the prospective financial impact of DE Africa on the African economy.

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Digital Earth Africa Training

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The introduction Lesson of the Digital Earth Africa Training Course. Image: Space in Africa

The Digital Earth Africa Training Course is an online course that trains participants to work with the Digital Earth Africa platform. The course material combines video tutorials and interactive elements with instructions and exercises. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Certification of Completion at the end of training.

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The training is self-paced and set for six weeks. It will take participants around two hours per week for completion.

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Digital Earth Africa Webinar: Capacity Development for Using EO Data to Drive Development Outcomes Across Africa

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Banner for the upcoming Digital Earth Africa webinar on capacity development. Image: Digital Earth Africa

The Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) Webinar Series is a platform to share the latest advances of the DE Africa program, products and services, and allows stakeholders to more broadly discuss the challenges and opportunities of scaling the use of Earth observations across the continent. 

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03/02/2021

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Digital Earth Africa

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Spaceborne Earth Observation Applications for Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (SPEAR)

Cyclone Idai west of Madagascar in March 2019. Image: ESA.

Disasters cause tremendous damage to societies around the world. They lead to loss of lives and property, displace people from their homes and destroy livelihoods, and disrupt sustainable development efforts worldwide. Developing countries are particularly susceptible to the impact of natural hazards as they are more vulnerable and exposed, and less resilient.

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AfricaGIS 2019

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AfricaGIS is the largest Geospatial, Science and Technology conference on the African Continent. The conference is held every two years and is organised by EIS-Africa, a pan African non-profit organisation. The AfricaGIS Conference and Exhibition series have become a flagship Geospatial Information marketplace in Africa. For the past 20 years, the series have contributed immensely to the development of skills and institutional capacity in geoinformation across the continent.

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18/11/2019 to 22/11/2019

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Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village

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Kigali

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  • Rwanda

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University of Rwanda

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UNECA, UNGGIM Africa, GMES in Africa, GEO and Digital Earth Africa

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GEM Africa Risk Model provides insights to seismic hazard across the continent

Rice paddies in Rwanda. Image: A'Melody Lee / World Bank.

Release earlier this year at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, the Africa Earthquake Model paints a complete picture of earthquake risk to the continent in terms of damage to buildings and direct human and economic losses. The model lays out the African portion of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation global maps released in December 2018. 

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Mon, 14/10/2019 - 16:32

Applications open for UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships”

A sandstorm over the Sahara desert seen by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station in 2014. Image: ESA/NASA.

The importance of using space technologies in the disaster management process has received growing global recognition in recent years. For example, the African Union outlined in its 2017 African Space Policy that among other things, space represents a unique opportunity for cooperation in using and sharing infrastructure and data to proactively respond to and manage natural hazards and disasters.

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UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships"

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Cyclone Idai west of Madagascar on 20 March 2019. Image: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

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06/11/2019 to 08/11/2019

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Fri, 18/10/2019

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UN Campus

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Bonn

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  • Germany

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United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) / UN-SPIDER and Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn.

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German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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Registration for RCMRD 2019 International Conference for Earth Observation is open

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Registration for RCMRD 2019 International Conference for Earth Observation is open

The African Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) organizes its third International Conference focusing on “Earth Observation for Evidence-Based Decision Making”. The three-day event will take place from August 14th to 16th in Nairobi, Kenya.

The registration for participants is now open with an early bird fee of 50 USD. The people interested in doing a presentation may submit the abstract to the event site.

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14/08/2019 to 16/08/2019

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Nairobi

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  • Kenya

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 Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) 

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UN-SPIDER Updates November 2018

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Thu, 06/12/2018
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