SASSCAL launches GMES and Africa Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Service for Transboundary Basins in Southern Africa

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL)  launches the  implementation of the GMES and Africa Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Service for Transboundary Basins in Southern Africa (WeMAST).

Dr. Tidiane Ouattara, Space Science Expert and the GMES and Africa Programme coordinator at the African Union Commission congratulates SASSCAL for launching the GMES and Africa Service (WeMAST). And he calls upon beneficiary countries to utilize the services for the conservation and wise use of wetlands at national and regional levels.

SASSCAL through the GMES and Africa provides wetland inventory, information on water cycle regimes (duration, extent and timing of flooding); information on vegetation dynamics, inland water quality mapping .SASSCAL is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa is a joint AU-EU initiative designed to build the indigenous capabilities and skills required for self-sufficiency and sustained progress in Africa by responding to African needs related to water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas.

The African Union Commission awarded GMES and Africa grants for 13 consortia to implement the GMES and Africa Support Programme, and SASSCAL is one them, that implements the GMES and Africa Programme at national and regional levels in Africa.