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An earth satellite station for monitoring the environment has been launched at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Luyengo campus. The African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) programme would help to provide useful information on the management of the environment in the African continent using Earth Observation Technologies.

The African Union in collaboration with the government of Swaziland’s ministry of agriculture chose Luyengo Campus as the appropriate site for installing and hosting the Earth Satellite Dish for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The project comes with three vital services namely; agriculture, drought and fire services. The agriculture service will monitor the state of crops in the SADC region. The drought service will monitor drought and provide drought outlooks in the SADC region while the fire service will provide a daily risk indication, detection and follow-up active fires in real time and deliver…

Publishing date 14/07/2011