The incredibly successful Human Dynamics led project Monitoring of Environment for Security in Africa (MESA) has been granted an extension until January 2018. The project, which uses satellite based technology and in-situ data methods, has enabled the management of the environment and food security across the African continent. The primary purpose of the MESA programme is to increase capacity in information management, decision making and planning of African continental, regional, and national institutions mandated for environment, climate and food security. This is being achieved by enhancing access to reliable, timely and accurate land, marine and climate data and information for Africa. MESA is exploiting Earth Observation (EO) data and technologies to promote socio-economic progress, and work further towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The MESA program functions through the use of data shared by EUMETSAT, thereby mitigating the problem of data reception in areas which currently lack comprehensive internet connectivity. The retrieval of observation data from EUMETSAT, and the computation of the resultant information, is performed by the Environmental Station (eStation) software developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
This project extension means that our Key Experts associated with the project will be contributing a total of 240 additional days, whilst our NKEs contribute 50 additional days, to the important work which has already taken place. There will be a renewed focus on further supporting the “Regional Implementation Centres” and greater emphasis on visibility and explaining the results of our work.