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Implementing Sustainable Earth Observation Based Wetland Monitoring Capacity in Africa and Beyond

Project location Africa
Starting date 01 November 2015
Completion date 30 November 2018
Client DHI GRAS
Project leader Vekerdy
Project officer Bert Boer
Project type Consulting
Budget 249.010 Euro

This project is varied out in cooperation between the WRS and the NRS departments of ITC.

The main objective of GlobWetland Africa (GW-A) is to provide the major actors involved in the implementation of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands in Africa (i.e. the African Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, the Ramsar regional initiatives existing in Africa, the African river basin authorities, and the international/regional conservation agencies active in Africa), with EO methods and tools to better assess the conditions of wetlands under their areas of jurisdiction/study, and to better monitor their trends over time. To this end, an open source wetland observing system, referred to as the GW-A Toolbox, will be developed, implemented and validated for a series of geo-information products over a number of representative pilot sites in North, West, Central and East Africa. This high level objective will be fulfilled through the concrete achievement of the following:

• Assessment of user requirements based on systematic review of users’ needs and existing systems;
• Consultation with intended key stakeholders and potential users of the system;
• Development of detailed system and software specifications for the GW-A Toolbox;
• Development, implementation and evolution of end-to-end processing chains for wetland inventory, habitat mapping, water cycle regime, water quality, river basin hydrology and mangrove mapping;
• Provision of proof-of-concept- and proof-of-value of the toolbox and relevant processing chains through use case demonstration (UCD) executed over +70 pilot areas spread across African countries; Transferring the toolbox, associated products and know-how to the users;
• Provision of the necessary technical assistance to ensure full appropriation of the toolbox by the users;
• Organization and delivery of review meetings, user workshops and regional training courses;
• Building the basis for an extension by contracting and management of a GW-A African supervisor and establishing a self-sustainable GlobWetland Africa Bureau;
• Supporting the users and stakeholders to reach sustainability by attracting external funding opportunities; and
• Delivery of progress and status reports/meetings for the management throughout the duration of the project.

Our faculty is a member of the project consortium, led by DHI-GRAS, Denmark. The address of the project website is: http://globwetland-africa.org/.

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