GMES and Africa organizes training of trainers on EO for sustainable land and water management in North Africa

Organized by the OSS and CRASTE-LF, partners in the framework of the GMES and Africa project led by OSS in northern Africa, this training will be held from October to December 2020. 6 seats are dedicated to members of other interested G&A consortia.

Updated 19-Oct-2020

The first of this training serie will be held on 13-16 October. It aims achieving three objectives:
  • Ensure an effective access and use of Copernicus EO resources for agricultural monitoring needs.
  • Strengthen knowledge and enhance operational skills on crops mapping technics using EO-based learning approaches.
  • Enable optimal exploitation of the ESA EO products within cloud computing environment.

The October training accommodated about 35 experts in EO for agriculture from national and regional OSS consortium partners and guest persons from others institutions or consortia - Discover the Programme (CRASTE-LF, in French).  

Teletraining has been implemented via the CRASTE-LF e-learning management platform (crastelf-eacademie) or - when needed - via the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The participants received a workshop kit, including a set of documents, work tools and access to the virtual machine. This last will remain available to participants for a period of two months after the training. The training material will be also available and accessible free of charge on the GMES & Africa eLearning digital platform.


Nadia Khammari Abdelkefi
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Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel
Boulevard du Leader Yasser Arafat B.P. 31 Tunis Carthage - 1080 Tunisie
T : +216 71 206 633 l M : +216 58 449 135 


The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) is among the consortia of institutions selected by the African Union Commission (AUC) to serve as Regional Implementing Centres for the "GMES, and Africa" Support Programme. OSS is coordinating the North Africa project entitled "Earth Observation for Sustainable Land and Water Management in North Africa" (EO-SLWM/NA). This project is conducted in partnership with North African key institutions involved in the promotion and development of EO: ASAL, DRC, LCRSSS, CRTS, UNA, and CNCT for the national level, CRTEAN and CRASTE-LF for the regional level.  

The CRASTE-LF.  Le Centre Régional Africain des sciences et technologies de l 'espace en langue français (CRASTE- LF) a été mis en place au Maroc à  la fin du mois d'octobre 1998. Il est affilié à  l'Organisation des Nations Unies. Onze états africains ont participé à sa constitution. Une institution de formation et de recherche de haut niveau, il est établi à l'école Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs de l'Université Mohamed V à  Rabat (EMI). 

"GMES, and Africa" is a cooperation framework between Africa and Europe for the development and implementation of Earth Observation-based services that support sustainable development in Africa. The programme focuses on improving the sustainable management of natural, water, marine and coastal resources through the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology. It is being implemented by 114 African and European institutions organised in 12 regional consortia in charge of conducting various studies relying on the use of EO resources.