Why is it important?

GlobWetland Africa will help African authorities make the best use of satellite-based information on wetland extent and condition for better measuring the ecological state of wetlands and thereby their capacity to support biodiversity and provide ecosystem services.

Project highlights:

Exploiting the increasing capabilities of satellite observations for wetlands inventory, assessment and monitoring

Developing a free of charge and open source software toolbox to better assess the state and change in wetlands and access “freely available” satellite observations from the Sentinel missions of the European Copernicus initiative

Enhancing the capacity of African stakeholders to develop national and regional wetland observatories

In more detail..

GlobWetland Africa (GW-A) is a large Earth Observation application project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the African Team of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The project is initiated to facilitate the exploitation of satellite observations for the conservation, wise-use and effective management of wetlands in Africa and to provide African stakeholders with the necessary Earth Observation (EO) methods and tools to better fullfil their commitments and obligations towards the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

As an ultimate objective GW-A will aim to enhance the capacity of the African stakeholders to develop their own national and regional wetland observatories.

European Space Agency:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is the European space programme and its mission is to explore Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe.

ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.

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