29 April 2008. Half a year ago, the Portuguese Council Presidency of the EU has opened the view for using GMES to support the development in Africa. This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” assesses the approach and the need for further action regarding this initiative.
During the Portuguese Council Presidency of the European Union, a path-breaking workshop on “GMES and Africa - Space for development: the case of GMES and Africa” was held on 6-7 December 2007 in Lisbon. Its aim was to secure the support of the GMES stakeholders in extending this programme to the African continent. As it was acknowledged there, GMES has a tremendous potential to support sustainable development in all African countries.
This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” reflects on the results of the Lisbon workshop and the status of the follow-up of the initiative half a year later. It is authored by ESPI Senior Research Fellow Pierre-Henri Pisani, who participated in the Lisbon Conference and had been asked to be rapporteur of the “Long term partnership for GMES Africa” session (see related webnews here).