Dr. Jolly Wasambo, Africa Technical Coordinator for the programme Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) was at RCMRD to engage with technical teams and familiarise himself with other operations of the Centre. MESA is joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and Africa Union Commission (AUC) as a follow-on programme of African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD). MESA will be implemented by the AUC and will run until 2018, with the objective of addressing the need for improved management of natural resources and environmental security towards sustainable development in Africa at continental, regional and national levels, including all Sub-Saharan African countries.
It is clearly oriented toward the strengthening of capacities for the use of Earth observation in Africa, with a dedicated focus on climate and environmental applications. Among other activities, MESA will secure the maintenance and upgrade of the EUMETCast reception stations deployed by AMESD and support the development of operational services based on Earth observation data, primarily EUMETSAT data and products.
RCMRD will provide technical backstopping services together with IGAD Climate and Prediction Application Centre (ICPAC) for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Economic Community of the AUC.
Dr. Jolly Wasambo, was accompanied by Messers Fortunate Muyambi and Kenneth Mwangi both of IGAD - AMESD Project