Discover what does the GMES and Africa Programme for wetlands in western africa

Through the implementation of a Project funded by G&A, the CSE-led Consortium aims at improving knowledge of West African wetlands (WA) by using Earth observation (EO) data, and thus strengthen food security and restoration of related #ecosystems. 

Aerial view of green mangroves. forest in the Saloum Delta National Park, Joal Fadiout, Senegal

This Project is called GDZHAO, which stands for "Gestion des Zones Humides en Afrique de l'Ouest". The Project's team is currently developing a service for the monitoring of such zones, which will soon become active in 8 West African countries i.e. Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal. So, keep posted!     

GDZHAO is the result of the collaboration between the African Union and European Union Commissions within the framework of the concept "Two Unions, One Vision". 


Watch the film (in French, with English subtitles) about the GDZHAO project (7m19s, YouTube)

This short film is introduced by the Coordinator of the Project, Dr. Taibou BA. It outlines the important points to be retained, the institutions involved, the results to date, the relevance of the satellite images, and what remains to do, especially for the results sustainability. 
More specifically, this film points out the participatory approach, to engage the actors and co-identify problems, the "community of practice", the "participatory diagnosis of threats and solutions", and to draw up an action plan. It gives the floor to the beneficiaries in Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Mali and Senegal.

JOAL-FADIOUT, SENEGAL - NOVEMBER 16, 2019: Aerial view of Joal Fadiouth. UNESCO site Photo made by drone from above. Africa Landscapes.


The GMES and Africa Support Programme is an Earth Observation programme of the African Union jointly financed with the European Union, and designed to strengthen capacities in Africa for the optimal exploitation and utilisation of Earth Observation systems, data and technologies towards the continent’s sustainable development. Through a grant scheme, the Programme supports 12 African Consortia i.e. 2-3 in each of the AUC African regions, for developing EO based applications to natural resources management; see below:  

More information about the G&A Consortia