AMESD in the SADC region


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AMESD in the SADC region
Agricultural and environmental resource management
Launched in October 2007 and running for a period of 48 months, the African Monitoring of the
Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) programme aims to extend the operational
use of Earth observation technologies and data to environmental and climate monitoring
applications in order to provide all African nations with the resources needed to manage their
environment more effectively and ensure long-term sustainable development in the region.
AMESD builds on the success of the Preparation for the Use of Meteosat Second Generation
(MSG) in Africa (PUMA) programme and paves the way for GMES Africa.
It has received funding from the European Union’s European Development Fund and is being
implemented by the African Union Commission, with international technical assistance and the
support of five Regional Implementation Centres, EUMETSAT and the European Commission
Joint Research Centre.
The programme is being executed in close cooperation with five Regional Economic Groupings
- the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Communauté Economique
et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development
(IGAD), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Indian Ocean Commission
(IOC) - and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat. The World
Meteorological Organization, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are also overseeing the
AMESD’s focus areas are:
providing the African user community with better access to Earth observation, field and •
ancillary data;
setting up five operational regional information services to support and improve decision-•
making in environmental management;
establishing national, regional and continental environmental information processes, •
frameworks and activities to enable African governments to meet international
environmental treaty obligations;
organising specialised training and staff exchange programmes to maintain the technical •
capabilities of African AMESD stakeholders in the long term.
For more information, visit or contact AMESD by e-mail:
AMESD is expected to result in the
establishment of five operational regional
information services to support and improve
environmental management decision-making.
In the Southern African Region, the Southern
African Development Community (SADC)
has selected the thematic action (THEMA)
“Agricultural and Environmental Resource
Management ” and has requested the Botswana
Department of Meteorological Services (BDMS)
to implement this activity, in cooperation with
the South African Weather Service and the
SADC specialised unit for remote sensing.
The overall objective of the SADC THEMA is
to enhance the management of agricultural
and environmental resources in support
of sustainable development. The THEMA
empowers the SADC Secretariat and its
member states to manage their agricultural and
environmental resources in a sustainable way.
This will be achieved by developing operational
geo-information services, facilitating access to
Africa-wide environmental information derived
from Earth observation technologies, and
strengthening the information management
capacity of regional and national institutions in
order to support decision- and policy-making
Based on user requirements, the SADC partners
proposed setting up three main services within
the SADC THEMA. An agricultural service will
monitor the state of crops and rangeland. A
drought service will monitor droughts during
the whole year and deliver a 10-day “drought
map” and “drought outlook” in support of both
agriculture and the environment. A fire service
will identify fire risks, monitor fires and assess
burnt areas. As these three main services are
all weather dependent, they are complemented
by a common “long-range forecast” service
providing a seasonal forecast outlook for service
reports and bulletins.
All these services will support the decision-
making process in the region.
botSwAnA DEpArtMEnt of
MEtEorologiCAl SErviCES
BDMS provides and exchanges reliable
and accurate weather and climate data and
information and related services on a timely
basis by observing, collecting, monitoring,
processing, analysing, forecasting and
predicting weather and climate through
the use of up-to-date technology to enable
optimal utilisation of resources and to
contribute to the safety and protection of
life and property.
To cover the regional dimension of the
AMESD SADC THEMA, BDMS is building a
partnership with several other institutions,
such as the Agricultural Research Council
in South Africa, the Botswana College
of Agriculture, the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South
Africa, the SADC Regional Remote Sensing
Unit and the SADC Drought Monitoring
Centre, and the South African Weather
Service. Collaboration is also planned with
universities in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
For more information:
Telephone: (267) 395 6281
Fax: (267) 395 6282
Through various activities, AMESD improves
access to existing basic Earth observation,
field and ancillary data, which are ensured by
the installation of extra EUMETCast receiving
stations and by the dissemination of essential
data sets to the ministries of agriculture and
environment and universities.
It established operational information
services on agriculture, drought and fire
to better manage environmental and
agricultural resources through Earth
observation and improved policy- and
decision-making processes. The ministries
of agriculture and environment of the
participating SADC member states will
integrate SADC services into their daily
operations, leading to improved capacities to
adapt to climate change.
The programme also ensured that major
stakeholders in the SADC reached an
adequate technical capacity by organising
a series of regional and national training
sessions and workshops.
In the framework of the project, several
EUMETCast “thematic” receiving stations
will be installed to facilitate access to the data
and disseminate products and services in the
region. Training sessions will be organised
for the three services on the use of satellite
data and of AMESD products developed by
BDMS and its partners.
EuMEtSAt Contribution to
EUMETSAT’s participation in AMESD
reflects its commitment to support, through
its satellite data, products and services,
sustainable development in Africa. This
includes, via the EUMETCast dissemination
service, the continuous supply of EUMETSAT
satellite data and products without charge for
thematic action in the region as well as the
redissemination of SADC THEMA products
and services in the region. EUMETSAT will
also provide AMESD with support in the
maintenance, upgrade and installation of
receiving stations and equipment in the
region and continue its training programmes
for African National Meteorological and
Hydrological Services.
AMESD in tHE SADC rEgion - AgriCulturAl AnD EnvironMEntAl rESourCE MAnAgEMEnt
Fact Sheet FS.06, v.1
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