The FP7 project
Funding from the European Commission Framework 7 programme enabled the fundamental structure of the EAMNet network to be established and facilitated the implementation of training and infrastructure development.
Achievements of the project included:
- Improved infrastructure and capability in training and experience.
- Developed a network of marine institutes in Europe and Africa, which has enhanced bi-lateral research and unlocked significant opportunities for joint-working.
- Installed five operational GEONETCast systems in Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Uganda and Mozambique providing access to satellite data to scientific research institutes that plan to use this information to better manage their marine and coastal areas as well as Lake Victoria (Uganda).
- Supported African initiatives to improve environmental management and sustainability across the continent such as the AMESD and MESA programmes.
- Shared best practice through exchanges of personnel in Africa and Europe.
- Established an EO Masters of Science (MSc) module at the Universities of Cape Town, Dar-es-Salaam and Ghana, as well as other universities, so that students can learn the skills and techniques to download, interpret and analyse EO data.
- Developed open access lesson material that can be used for self-learning.
- Established a regular marine science presence at African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) conferences supporting African marine scientists and stakeholders to share best practice, participate in open discussions and develop future collaborations.
- Supported the running of four regional training courses in Africa (South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania and Morocco), with focus to build capacity in Africa on the usage of coastal and marine EO satellite data