The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology
and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has reminded African governments that they have the responsibility to sustainably exploit the abundant renewable and non-renewable resources for the benefit of their people.
“Africa is probably the most naturally endowed continent, yet the management of its resources for the collective prosperity of her people has eluded us up to date,” he stated.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng made these observations in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority,
AfriGEOSS is an initiative of the African community in the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) aimed at providing a coordination and collaboration network for the development and uptake of earth observation systems, data, information and knowledge which are critical to improving the socio-economic status of Africans.
It also sought to promote and build synergies with ongoing and planned earth observation initiatives at national, regional and international levels.
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About 200 participants from Africa, Europe, USA, Canada
According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report 2015, Africa’s natural forest had reduced from approximately 700 to 600 hectares between 1990 and 2016, he noted.
“This loss impacts all the ecosystem services provided by these natural areas affecting livelihood, not forgetting access to potable water,” Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said.
He added that the menace of illegal mining (
Earth observation data
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng stated that Africa was no stranger to natural disasters ranging from floods, famine, drought
Effective early warning systems with information from meteorological satellites could help reduce the loss of lives during storms and floods, he advised.
He opined that since earth observation data aided in preparedness, disaster migration, response
For his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Professor Harrison Dapaah, expressed the hope that initiatives GEO to focus on strengthening the use of earth observations and delivering the Global Earth Observing Systems (GEOSS) to Africa would leverage the expected impact.
“I am confident that we will take full advantage of the symposium to develop ourselves, network and disseminate knowledge and information among ourselves,” he