African countries urged to share geospatial data

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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Defense cabinet secretary Raychelle omamo has challenged African countries to collaborate in sharing of geospatial data and structure the program in a manner that will tap and employ youths.

Speaking at a digital earth Africa technical session, Omamo termed space technology as the future for the youth.

The Digital Earth Africa is a program that will provide information on issues ranging from flooding, drought among other environmental sectors.

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Policy-makers and scientists engaging in geospatial technology held a conference on sharing of data under a program known as digital earth Africa.

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The technical session brought on board representatives from sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya and Australia where the core technology behind digital earth Africa was developed.

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Speaking during the session, Omamo termed space technology as the ideal way to empower the youth. The digital earth Africa program will develop a continental service enabling African nations to track changes across their countries.

The program will provide information on issues ranging from flooding, droughts, human settlement among other environmental observations. Participants in the forum emphasized on the importance of sharing data satellite that can help government’s response on the environmental calamities.

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The digital earth Africa will be institutionalized in Africa as a key program within African center for statistics.

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