Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 April 2009

AU- AMESD project satellite / Invitation to the journalists





AU- AMESD project satellite / Invitation to the journalists


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — AU-African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) – European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT) Day



WHAT:                         The inauguration of the AU- AMESD  project satellite receiving station at the AUC Headquarters, in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia.

                   To take place during the AU- AMESD – EUMETSAT Day.



WHERE:               African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


WHEN:                29 April 2009 at 11:00


WHO:                          H. E. Dr. Jean PING, Chairperson, AUC, Mrs. Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME , Commissioner for Rural Economy and   Agriculture; other AUC Commissioners and Directors, Mr. Christophe KAMP, EU delegation to the AU, Dr. Lars PRAHM, Director-General EUMETSAT, Embassies of the AU Member States in Addis Ababa, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN agencies, Ethiopian Delegation and staff of AUC.



WHY:                The AMESD project is using existing satellite data receiving stations for downloading data and help capacity building in data analysis of meteorological applications for development and policy advice in the environment and natural resources field. AMESD project is to increase the information management capacity of the African continental, regional, and national institutions in support of decision making processes at different levels to facilitate sustainable access to Africa wide environmental information based on Earth Observation (EO) system.



** A Press Conference will follow the inauguaration ceremony at 12:30 in the AUC  Media Center.




The objective of the AMESD Project is to enhance environmental monitoring for preparedness and adaptation as well as management of the African environment thereby contributing to poverty alleviation. The project seeks to boost planning and development of sound policies by increasing the information management capacity of African regional and national institutions mandated with responsibilities in environment-related sectors and to facilitate access to Africa- wide environmental information based on Earth Observation (EO) system.


There are five participating Regional Economic Communities (RECs) / Organizations – Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the AMESD Programme.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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