14 October 2010. ESPI was invited to present the results of the study on Africa at the UN-SPIDER international workshop in Bonn, which provided opportunities to make an impact with the report in the area of disaster management and mitigation.
This week, ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa was invited to present on “Policy perspectives for the use of satellite applications in Africa” of the UN-SPIDER international workshop “The 4C-Challenge: Communications-Coordination-Cooperation-Capacity Development”, which took place from 13 to 14 October 2010 in Bonn, Germany (programme download here, presentation download here).
The ESPI study, originally published on 13 September 2010 and presented in Brussels on 15 September 2010 (related webnews here) is receiving increasing attention by the African, European and International community for its comprehensive mapping of actors and activates in Africa and its strongly supported recommendations by the African communities.
The 4th United Nations International UN-SPIDER Workshop (UN-SPIDER) was used for the further dissemination of the study. It received the participation of about 100 delegates from around the world representing UN institutions, National Ministries, institutes, universities, NGOs and private companies. They gathered together to promote the access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for disaster management and emergency response within relevant communities.
ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa during her presentation
The ESPI presentation has been appraised for bringing in the broader context of space in and for Africa. It was characterized as the policy framework which brings forward the essential decision makers and sets an integrated approach between space and other policy areas (agriculture, environment, health, education, etc) targeting sustainable development and setting the starting point for the way forward. This frameworks and policy recommendations were discussed further during the Africa UN-SPIDER regional meeting and supported by the Africa community.
In the conclusions of the workshop it was recognized that in order to achieve international Communication-Coordination-Cooperation-Capacity Development it is essential that presenters from policy think tanks like ESPI are to be involved in discussions in order to learn from them the overall policy setting and in particular identify the relevant decision makers and through provided recommendations how to address them. The ESPI study has also set the basis for future collaboration with the Integrated Applications Programme of ESA for Africa and the upcoming 2011 International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town.