GEO-CRADLE & the 2nd EuroGeoSurveys Networking Meeting, 17-23/10/2016, Morocco and Algeria
In the framework of the GEO-CRADLE Project, consecutive events in Morocco (Rabat) and Algeria (Timimoun, South Sahara) were jointly organized by the hosting partner EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), and the project coordinator National Observatory of Athens (NOA) between 17th and 23rd October 2016.
The events in Morocco further increased the stakeholders’ engagement in the region, bringing together high-level Ministerial officers, Geological Surveys representatives, coordinators of regional initiatives and networks, relevant professors, scientists and researchers, local and regional in-situ network operators and EO-related companies.
With a series of interesting presentations, interventions and discussions, the events provided project partners and stakeholders with valuable knowledge on the identified regional EO capacities and skills, as well as the challenges in the domain of access to raw materials. They also provided opportunities to exchange information, register the needs, and share best practices in using EO services to facilitate access to raw materials, thus helping to identify a roadmap with solutions to enhance innovation in the geo-information sector.
Following the registration of the stakeholders’ needs in the region, the GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator presented the opportunities which the European Union provides in terms of networking, capacity building, technology transfer and funding in general.
The GEO-CRADLE partners presented several aspects of the project via different presentations in plenary session, raising a big deal of attention. The EGS Secretary General made an introduction to the broad scope of the project, explaining the role of Geological Surveys and of the raw materials topics in the framework of GEOSS and COPERNICUS. The PGI representative, also Chair of the International Cooperation and Development Task Force, Mr. Marek Graniczny, described the specific role of EGS and of raw materials in GEO-CRADLE. The Deputy Chair of the EGS Earth Observation and GeoHazards Expert Group, Ms. Veronika Kopackova, entered into the technical details of the benefit of applying novel EO technologies to the raw materials sector. The EGS Office Manager, Ms. Céline Andrien, focused on the importance of capacity building and of enhancing geological knowledge and skills in the African continent. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and, besides the many questions posed by the audience, several cooperation proposals were discussed.
During the days of the congress various bilateral meetings were held, and requests by several institutions to start capacity building projects were collected. A major issue seems to be the availability of funds to start and implement such actions. However, it appears that there is a genuine interest in collaborating with GEO-CRADLE and EGS by the Algerian institutions, which is worthwhile to further explore with the target to achieve practical objectives and measurable results.
GEO-CRADLE supports the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that is run by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), of which both Morocco and Algeria are member states, and the implementation of the Copernicus flagship program in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans. GEOSS, and Copernicus bring together and combine all information on the state of our planet that is possible to collect with the aid of both satellites and terrestrial instruments (such as geological cartography and mineral resources data sets), to foster environmental protection and economic growth.
The Agenda of the Workshop is available here.
DAY 1: 2nd EGS Networking event “Aimed at in-situ network operators and Geological Surveys – especially in Middle East and North Africa”, 17 October 2016, Rabat, Morocco
|International Cooperation on Raw Materials by the Head of the Unit Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials, DG GROW of the European Commission||Mr. Mattia Pellegrini||Presentation|
Part 1: Setting the scene
|1.1||GEO-CRADLE Overview: Project objectives and overall approach by GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator||Dr. Haris Kontoes||Presentation|
|1.2||The role of Geological Surveys in the GEO-CRADLE project and scope of the workshop by EGS Secretary General||Mr Luca Demicheli||Presentation|
|1.3||The role of CRTS in promoting the Earth Observation technology by Head of Training Department, CRTS||Ms Amal Layachi||Presentation|
Part 2: Europe-Africa Geological Cooperation and the importance of GEOSS
|2.1||Presentation of activities of the Geological Survey of Morocco (including available EO datasets, raw materials mapping and monitoring methods) by Director of the Geological Survey of Morocco||Mr Ahmed Benlakhdim|
|2.2||The role of Geological Surveys into GEOSS and Copernicus by Chair of the EGS Earth Observation and GeoHazards Expert Group||Mr Gerardo Herrera||Presentation|
|2.3||The cooperation with the Organisation of African Geological Surveys and the role of Earth Observation (including good examples of regional cooperation, needs of stakeholders and endusers) by Chair of the EGS International Cooperation and Development Task Force||Mr Marek Graniczny||Presentation|
Part 3: Technical Session
|3.1||GEO-CRADLE WP 2 – Results from inventorying the regional capacities (T2.1-T2.3) in the field of Raw Materials by T2.2 Leader, IGME-Greece||Ms Eleftheria Poyiadji||Presentation|
|3.2||GEO-CRADLE WP 2 – Results from the user need analysis (T2.4) with focus on North Africa by T2.4 Leader, EURISY||Ms Alexandra Jercaianu||Presentation|
|3.3||GEO-CRADLE WP 3 – Results from the gap analysis and the assessment of maturity indicators in relation to GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in the field of Raw Materials by Project Coordinator (NOA, Research Director)||Dr Haris Kontoes||Presentation|
|3.4||Example projects from the Balkan Region by IGME-Greece||Ms Kiki Hatzilazaridou||Presentation|
|3.5||The example of the EO-MINERS project by CGS||Ms Veronika Kopackova||Presentation|
|3.6||The example of the PanAfGEO project by PGI||Mr Marek Graniczny||Presentation|
Part 4: Discussion on T.4.3. “Access to Raw Materials” and conclusions
|4.1||Proposal of pilot studies for T.4.3 “Access to Raw Materials” by Leader of T.4.3, PGI||Mr Marek Graniczny||Presentation|
DAY 2: Stakeholders’ workshop “Using geo-information services in the Middle East and North Africa”, 18 October 2016, Rabat, Morocco
Part 1: Introductory notes
|1.1||GEO-CRADLE: Integrating regional capacity & building ecosystems by GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator||Dr Haris Kontoes||Presentation|
DAY 3: Special session in the 5th National Stratigraphy Workshop, 19 October 2016, Timimoun, Algeria
|1||The role of Geological Surveys in the GEO-CRADLE project and scope of the workshop, by EGS Secretary General||Mr. Luca Demicheli||Presentation|
|2||The cooperation with the Organisation of African Geological Surveys and the role of Earth Observation (including good examples of regional cooperation, needs of stakeholders and endusers), by Chair of the EGS International Cooperation and Development Task Force||Mr. Marek Graniczny||Presentation|
|3||Earth Observation for raw materials, by the Deputy Chair of the EGS Earth Observation and GeoHazards Expert Group||Ms. Veronika Kopackova||Presentation|