GMES and Africa

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa

Earth Observation for the Africa we want

Observing our planet from space offers an unprecedented opportunity to monitor changes on the earth surface. Space technology allows us identify patterns over time, understand trends and monitor our planet to better manage, conserve and adapt to our changing environment.

GMES & Africa - ICPAC supports East African countries to use Earth Observation (EO) data and technologies to monitor natural resources and food security.

Our Areas of Work

Developing Earth Observation based applications to monitor our changing environment

  • Land cover changes within and around Protected Areas and Forests
  • Tropical forest ecosystem dynamics: forest degradation, forest regeneration and deforestation
  • Crop conditions as the season progresses
  • Pasture conditions assessment per season within rangelands to support livestock farming and within the Protected Areas for wildlife
  • Fires

Improving availability and access to EO data

Ensuring continuous availability of EO data and technical support for troubleshooting and maintaining the 33 satellite receiving stations.

Monitoring Protected Areas and Forests

Providing decision makers information and tools needed for sustainable policies at regional, national and hotspot level.

Monitoring Agriculture and Rangelands

Monitoring seasonal cropland and rangeland conditions using satellite derived indicators and added field information to deliver users with early warning information in agriculture that enhances food security in the region.

Training and Capacity building

Enhancing capacity for decision making by providing training in access, processing, analysis and interpretation of EO data and EO products.

Latest Updates

Summary for Decision Makers, June to September 2021
Advisory
Summary for Decision Makers, June to September 2021

Download our latest Summary for Decision Makers with impacts and advisories for the following secto…

Summary for Decision Makers, March to May 2021
Report
Summary for Decision Makers, March to May 2021

March to May is an important season for Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia, and part…

Vulnerability of Kenya’s Water Towers to Future Climate Change: An Assessment to Inform Decision Making in Watershed Management
Research
Vulnerability of Kenya’s Water Towers to Future Climate Change: An Assessment to Inform Decision Making in Watershed Management

Recent trends show that in the coming decades, Kenya’s natural resources will continue to face sign…

Agriculture Seasonal Monitoring and Early Warning in Eastern Africa
Poster
Agriculture Seasonal Monitoring and Early Warning in Eastern Africa

Approximately 60% of the Horn of Africa region is under Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). Close to …