Ongoing stakeholder support and awareness raising

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The final quarter of 2018 have been busy as the EO4SD have travelled across the globe to support our stakeholders and to build awareness and acceptance of the utility and potential benefits linked to the EO-based information services being implemented within each of our countries and regions of interest.
In early October 2018 the EO4SD was at the Asian Water Forum (AWF) held at the Asian Development Bank in Manila Philippines. The AWF provides a platform and venue for sharing knowledge and experience on water information, innovation, and technology across the region. EO4SD contributed to the AWF with individual presentations, a booth and a full day side event on “Earth Observation for Water Resources Management”.
In parallel with the AWF the EO4SD was also organizing and leading a training workshop from 1-5th of October in Lilongwe, in Malawi. The workshop, which was jointly organized with the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM), focused on how EO can support river basin planning and sustainable land and water management. All the ZAMCOM member states were invited and participants showed keen interest and were very motivated to use EO more regularly.
From 15-19th of October the EO4SD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) organized a 5-day Capacity Building workshop at the IADB premises in La Paz, Bolivia. The workshop represented a joint effort from the Agriculture and Rural Development and the Water Resources Management clusters. Over 30 participants from Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia attended the event, and participants demonstrated during the whole week that they are highly motivated for learning about Earth Observation and how to introduce this technology in their daily practices on agricultural and water resources monitoring.
Later in October colleagues form ESA, DHI GRAS and eLEAF participated in the 12th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) with presentations highlighting how EO can support the 2030 agenda on Sustainable Development (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6461498256324071424/)
On the 8th of November the EO4SD was invited to present our partnership and agreed EO demonstration at the official launch of the Sahel Irrigation Initiative Support Project (SIIP). The event, which took place in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), was attended by more than 150 participants from all the key institutions involved in the project implementation including World Bank, CILSS/AGRHYMET and line ministries from all the six Sahelian countries.
Final stop in 2018 will be Niger where a capacity building event will take place from 17 -21 of December at the AGRHYMET’ premises in Niamey. This event will have a two-fold objective i.e. [i] to increase the competency of decision makers in understanding the wider context of different satellite systems to support water resource management in the context of agricultural development programs; and [ii] to demonstrate how Evapotranspiration mapping can support irrigation management using practical examples from Birni N’Konni irrigation scheme.
We look forward to continuing our support in 2019.