State Minister of MoWE of calls upon Ethiopia to increase capacity to the Use of Satellite information for the various

While addressing the 10th EUMETSAT USER Forum in Africa which was held here in Addis Ababa, UNECA hall 1-5 October 2012 State Minister of Ministry of Water and Enrgy H. E. Mr. Kebede Gerba calls upon increased capacity to the use of satellite information for various applications like agriculture, renewable energy, land degradation, habitat conservation and environmental applications.
Historically Ethiopia started using the EUMESAT satellite data in the 1990s mainly for meteorological purpose today the Ethiopian Mapping Agency is using the satellite data for environmental applications added the State Minister. He also communicated Ethiopia’s vision to the use of earth observation to the satellite information providers and other stakeholders.
On the occasion the satellite information provider company EUMETSAT Director Mr. Alan Ratier also confirmed that users request and experience exchange among the African Users is the key objective of the Forum and he confirmed that his company will strive to address the needs raised from this important Forum.
NMA’s Director General, Mr. Fetene Teshome in his welcoming remark expressed his great appreciation and gratitude for the satellite information provider, EUMETSAT, and the satellite information that NMA access from EUMETSAT has played great role for NMA’s day to day meteorological activities.
The Addis Ababa Declaration on the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS) in Africa was endorsed by the African Union Commission and Regional Economic Groupings.
It was noted that representatives of a total of 220 participants from African Meteorological Agencies, WMO, and other pertinent institutions have attended the event. More than twenty five study papers were tabled for discussion.
The five days meeting was concluded after participants paid a visit at the NMA’s head quarter in Bole and the National Museum where by all participants enjoyed the big history and culture of Ethiopia.