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RCMRD International Conference 2017.

Post by Kasera » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:42 am

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) welcomes you to RIC2017.

RCMRD is a non-profit intergovernmental organization and currently has twenty (20) contracting member States, namely: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

SERVIR is a unique science, technology project that enables improved environmental decision making in SERVIR regions. It is a joint partnership between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with regional institutions in East Africa, West Africa Himalaya, and Mesoamerica. The Eastern & Southern Africa hub is hosted at RCMRD.

The objective of this conference is to spur exchange of ideas on fast tracking application of earth observation and geo-spatial technologies in development decision making. The key questions is how can we use earth observation information to effectively address problems that impact livelihoods in Africa? Take for instance, a community in the Kenyan Northern Rangelands grappling with the problem of invasive species affecting fragile ecosystems. A farmer in Kericho, Kenya, losing his/her tea crop due to frequent frost occurrences. An urban planner in Kigali, Rwanda, tasked with the duty of human resettlement from hazard prone areas.
A resident of Kasese, Uganda waking up to the reality of floods destroying his/her livelihood. A Maasai lady in Tanzania, struggling to empower herself economically and socially through improved access to education, healthcare, reliable and safe drinking water, in the face of a changing climate. A drought ravaged horn of Africa where lack of water and pasture precipitates conflicts and loss of lives. From such scenarios and many others, how can society improve how livelihood changing decisions are made? RIC 2017 therefore, provides a platform for science policy exchange and user engagement between the geospatial world and various information users.
The theme for this year’s conference “Space Science Touches Lives” aims to inspire presentation of innovative and creative ideas on the use of earth observation information in addressing societal problems.

For more information visit http://ric2017.rcmrd.org/

To partcipate Contact RCMRD at : conference2017@rcmrd.org

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