Earth Observation (EO) from Space, both in the visible spectrum as well as at radar wavelenghts, are used since many years and is becoming more and more one of the most important and strategic tools for several activities devoted to positively responding to users needs. Integrating data from different sensors it is presently possible to perform observations continuosly 24h per day regardless of the sky and weather conditions. EO allows to constantly monitor the health of the Earth providing not only a state of the art of land, oceans, and any kind of territory but also allowing to know the history of this evolution (positive or negative) then helping politicians and stakeholderas to solve problems, avoiding, if possible, the risk of the rise of cathastrophies. And, whenever this may occur, providing fundamental indications of the entity of the damages and where to activate rescues and a recovery of the situation. The family of European satellites, coordinated by the European Space Agency, represents in this field one of the major and more qualified assets at the service of countries in the world. Since long time, Europe has been particularly attentive to offer its competences to Africa in the light of a collaboration between two realities each one of which recognising the capacity of the other to be active in the sector of EO. The round Table will present the new ESA proposals specifically addressing Africna needs in the light of helping the countries in the continent to establish a network of competences identified in Academia and research centers; the Director General for Science and Research of the South Africa Government will illustrate the state of the art in EO in his and other qualified countries. The CEO of e-GEOS will present how EO data can be used to fullfill user needs providing specific case studies; finally, one the Coordinators of a large project developed in collaboration between 13 universities and research centers in Europe and in Africa will present the proposal EO SAFARI (Earth Observation -Space Academy and Laboratory for African _Research Innovation) built to respond to the ESA indications and to the needs of African colleagues.
Phil Mjwara, Director General of the Science and Technology Department, South Africa Government
Paolo Minciacchi, CEO e-GEOS a Telespazio-ASI Company
Maurice Borgeaud, Head of the Earth Observation Dept. Science, Applications and Climate, EOP-S, ESA ESRIN
Vito Pascazio, Former Dean Faculty of Engineering, Università Parthenope Napoli, Coordinator EO SAFARI- Earth Observations Space Academy and Laboratory for Africa Research Innovation
Chair: Ezio Bussoletti, Head of the Italian Delegation at UN-GGIM
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