G&A capacity building for youth in South Africa: the WeMast example

The GMES and Africa Support Programme request Consortia to promote the development of local capacities, institutional, human and technical resources for access to and exploitation of EO-based services on an operational basis for sustainable development in Africa. Discover what does WeMAST for students.

WeMAST is the Project implemented by a SASSCAL-led Consortium. The project will design and develop an integrated platform for wetland assessment and monitoring that will support better management of selected transboundary river basins.

At the time of the application process, G&A requested Consortia to have at least one academia in their partners. And those lasts were to develop courses or curricula on EO, that could be used in training of students or experts. Another reason of formally involving universities is to sponsor students through those universities and engage the students in real projects as a way to provide on-the-job trainings (Internships or otherwise).

A specificity among the 12 G&A funded consortia, SASSCAL has partnered with 5 Key academic institutions: University of Botswana, University of Zambia, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape and Midlands State University. 

It fully funds six Master students and two Post Doctoral students. The studies are supporting the work on WeMAST, being performed by its partner institution.