APO: The second Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum kick started in Dakar, under the theme “from Earth Observation to Policy Development and Implementation”.
The 2nd MESA Forum is organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Government of the Republic of Senegal.
H.E. Mrs. Josefa Leonel Correia SACKO, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, emphasized the invaluable significance of Africa’s access to, and utilization of Earth Observation (EO) data and information to policy and decision-making, development planning, sustainable management of environmental and natural resources, and social economic development. She further said, “to reach our African destiny of a prosperous, peaceful, and integrated Africa by 2063, Africa needs concerted effort and determination.”
Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Abdoulaye Balde, says “Initiatives such as the MESA Program have strengthened the capacities of many Senegalese institutions, including the Ecological Monitoring Center (CSE), facilitating the development of specialized expertise in the exploitation and use of spatial information to: Decision-making in the field of environmental monitoring and management of natural resources; Understanding and mitigation of the effects of climate variability on ecosystems and populations; The provision of relevant and localized information to policy makers, scientists, the private sector and general public”.
The 2nd MESA Forum runs from 24 to 28 April 2017. Delegates are expected to share their experiences on how Earth Observation through the MESA Project supported African Governments, institutions, Regional Economic Communities, and communities in policy development, policy decisions and policy implementations at national, regional and continental scales in Africa. Testimonies and stories of success of users of MESA data and information will be shared both through plenary and exhibitions. Youth are also taking part in the Forum.