Rectifying issues of E-Station at MINISTERE DE L'HABITAT, DE L'URBANISME, DE L'ENVIRONNENMENT (MHUE), Djibouti
MINISTERE DE L'HABITAT, DE L'URBANISME, DE L'ENVIRONNENMENT (MHUE) is our focal point in Djibouti for MESA project. The mission was planned to achieve the following goals:
-to rectify the problems they had with their E-Station
-to ingest historical product archive taken from ICPAC’s E-station
-to customize the ingested data and make most of the processing chains that are needed for the thema operational
-to give training on system administration of ps (processing station) and emma (visualizing) pc
Training on forest degradation and deforestation using impact tool at JRC
JRC and ICPAC/MESA collaborative research agreement in the area of Forest Monitoring and Natural Habitat conservation assessment has provided an excellent implementation of MESA services in the IGAD region. Invited by JRC as to familiarise ourselves with forest degradation and deforestation mapping using the IMPACT Tool which is imbedded with TREES validation tool for deriving deforestation statistics using sample grids of 10 x 10 Km. This activity is in line with IGAD MESA grant proposal activity 2.1: A study visit to JRC will be organized at the initial stages of MESA in order for the forest thematic experts and technicians to learn more about the forest monitoring methodology from JRC Forest resources experts to ensure a strong initial methodology development of this service. Within this the JRC is placed as a partner for both forest monitoring and development of the estation (run by HO5 unit).
JRC training on IMPACT tool
Participant from MESA: Kenneth Kenucie Mwangi
Coordinator from JRC: Andreas Brink Background/Context of Training
ICPAC-JRC collaboration was initiated in the AMESD project through a MOU and a new Collaborative Research Agreement in the final stages of signing for the MESA phase. The MESA IGAD project has four thematic areas of focus-land degradation assessment, natural habitat conservation, forest service and agriculture service. The MESA NHC team is in the process of service improvement to increase coverage of PA land cover and change mapping, better information dissemination, forming stronger national networks with the PA managers in the IGAD countries and making products from the project to be operational services. In this regard the MESA team is utilizing different tools developed by JRC to meet this need. One is the IMPACT Tool which was the focus for this 5-day on the job training.
Forest Monitoring Service Holds its First Review Workshop
MESA IGAD held its first review workshop for the new service, Forest Monitoring on 24th and 25th of September 2014 at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi. RCMRD is carrying out the implementation of this service in partnership with ICPAC. The Forest Monitoring service will involve the use of earth Observation data to analyze forest cover changes; set up institutional arrangements to steer the Forest Monitoring process; strengthen the capacity of local personnel in deforestation/degradation mapping and the overall Forest Monitoring/REDD+ process with the ultimate goal of obtaining information on the forest degradation and deforestation at regional, national and ecosystems levels.
Synching Satellite Data to Meteorology: MESA IGAD Attends the 11th EUMETSAT Users Forum in Africa
The 11th EUMETSAT User Forum held on 8th to 12th September 2014 Benoni, South Africa and was hosted by the South African Weather Service and The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT). MESA IGAD took part in forum with the team making various presentations on the progress of the project as well as exhibiting various publications on the thema’s products and services. AU-MESA and MESA SADC also took part in the colorful exhibition. EUMETSAT, a provider of weather and climate related satellite data, in collaboration with user countries host User Forums every two years to share success stories, receive feedback and forge a way forward.
MESA ICPAC training with JRC
ICPAC/MESA in collaboration with Joint Research Centre (JRC) recently had training on testing new methodology and validation tools for rapid and effective mapping land cover of the Protected Areas and Forests in the IGAD region. The participants of the training were MESA staff members from ICPAC and Regional Centre for Mapping and Research Development (RCMRD)-(June 2014).
Signing Ceremony of MESA ICPAC contracts with RCMRD and NEMA
After the successful singing of the MESA grant by ICPAC, the organization undertook to renew and sign off contracts with its key implementing partners, Regional Centre for Mapping and Research Development (RCMRD) and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Uganda. The ceremony that took place at the ICPAC offices was witness by Prof. Laban Ogallo, ICPAC Director, Dr. Farah Maalim, Director General RCMRD, Dr. Tom Okurut, Executive Director NEMA Uganda, Dr. Guleid Artan of ICPAC, Vernon Copeland, MESA Technical Assistant, Zachary Atheru, MESA Program Manager and other MESA project staff members. There was positive feedback from the partners as well as the ICPAC director regarding the continuing partnership in the AMESD programme and optimism for the current MESA project - (26th June 2014).
Rectifying issues of E-Station at IGEBU and conducting training
Geographic institute of Burundi (IGEBU) is one of our focal points in the region for AMESD project as well as MESA. There are nine AMESD stations installed in the region. One of them is located in IGEBU. They had problems in the station especially after updates started being disseminated for the system. Looking at AMESD experience with various focal points, we had budgeted for activity to troubleshoot the systems to be at their latest version and train as many technicians as possible in the region. But IGEBU demanded for the work to be done very soon even if we are waiting for the release of MESA grant. The mission was planned and went on successfully.