Kenya: The Earth Observations for Development Forum is to be held on 21st March 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel. The event will culminate into the handing over of the over US$17 Million Dollar Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC) to the Kenya Space Agency.
In this regard, the newly instituted Kenya Space Agency would also adopt cross-government leadership of the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC) that would provide analysis ready data that would enable African countries to respond to illegal mining. With the on-going purge against corruption, the collaborative working on the ARDC will work under the Open Government Partnership Initiative to improve transparency and accountability by making public open geospatial information and location of projects for public scrutiny.
Earth Observations have the potential for assisting governments mitigate Climate change, better respond to dwindling natural resources and address rising inequality. With better data, governments are able to make informed decisions and support key sectors like agriculture, telecommunications and health to become leaner and more efficient. With these grand challenges, ‘business as usual’ is simply not an option and now, making policy makers embrace innovative ways to collect information about our rapidly-changing planet.