RCMRD Space Challenge
RCMRD through the SERVIR E&SA project engage a number of stakeholders in the field of weather and climate as one of the thematic service areas. This discipline touches lives of both old and young in our community, climate change, and its adverse impacts are witnessed in all sectors of human existence. Building capacity for resilience to climate change, therefore, involves all sectors of the community, including school children and adults.
As a way of giving back to society, RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA, GLOBE (Kenya), 4H-Kenya and TAHMO has introduced an activity dubbed “RCMRD Space Challenge” targeting primary and secondary schools to enlighten and equip the children in Kenya on some of the causes and drivers of climate change. The RCMRD Space Challenge leverage on a partnership between RCMRD and the ‘Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)’ program, an initiative which provides students with an opportunity to participate in data collection and learn basic scientific processes, Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) an initiative that seeks to install and operate 20,000 weather stations in sub-Saharan Africa.
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment)
GLOBE is a programme that provides students with the opportunity of participating in data collection and scientific process. SERVIR E&SA will leverage on the experience and materials used by GLOBE to reach students. This initiative is meant to enlighten and equip the children in primary and secondary schools within East and Southern Africa on issues dealing with climate change and how they can be part of the main aim of building resilience towards climate change.
Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO)
Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) aims to develop a vast network of weather stations across Africa. Current and historic weather data is important for agricultural, climate monitoring, and many hydro-meteorological applications. TAHMO has signed an MoU with RCMRD so as to further the agenda in RCMRD member states. TAHMO has committed to install automatic weather stations (TAHMO) at RCMRD, several universities in Kenya and Tanzania. TAHMO partnered with RCMRD to conduct the RCMRD Space Challenge 2017 (7 July 2017).
The Four H Foundation (Kenya) [4-H Kenya] was founded with inspiration from the Global family of 4-H and the Global Clover Network. 4-H Kenya signed an MoU with RCMRD on 7 July 2017 and participated in the RCMRD Space Challenge 2017. SERVIR-E&SA will continue to work with 4-H Kenya as part of promoting capacity building of the youth and contributing to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
ACRE Africa expressed interest in establishing an MoU with RCMRD following the Frost stakeholder workshop held in Nakuru, July 2017. The MoU was formalised in August 2017. ACRE Africa provides crop and livestock insurance to farmers. ACRE Africa operates in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, and such an MoU would help RCMRD member States. ACRE Africa and RCMRD will jointly coordinate dissemination of weather data, GIS and Earth Observation information to villages through ACRE Africa regional exchange events.
AfriGEOSS aims to provide the necessary framework for African countries and organizations as well as international partners to access and leverage on-going local and international bilateral and multilateral EO-based initiatives across Africa, thereby creating synergies and minimizing duplication for the benefit of the continent. In April 2015, the RCMRD Geoportal was added as a data contributor to the Earth Observation Catalog. With all SERVIR E&SA datasets being published in the RCMRD Geoportal, it therefore means that this data will be searchable and discoverable from the GEOSS portal, which acts as the main entry point to Earth Observation data from all over the world. SERVIR E&SA will continue to collaborate with AfriGEOSS in order to strengthen this initiative.
University of Rwanda (UR)
University of Rwanda (UR) and RCMRD formalized an MoU in July 2017. This was after capacity assessment of universities in RCMRD member States. RCMRD will help UR establish a data portal and conduct Training of Trainers in Sentinel data. In addition, UR will collaborate with RCMRD on joint research, proposal, supervision.
Ardhi University (ARU)
Ardhi university (ARU) and RCMRD formalized an MoU in July 2017. This was after capacity assessment of universities in RCMRD member States. RCMRD will help ARU establish a data portal and conduct Training of Trainers in Sentinel data. In addition, ARU will collaborate with RCMRD on joint research, proposal, supervision.