Survey on users needs and perspectives on EO services

On October 30th, 2020, 1-3 PM UTC, we will have a Thematic Special Session on African Marine & Coastal Operational Services: examples from around the continent. This Networking Friday session focuses on pan-continental African marine initiatives using EO data, technologies and services in support of African sustainable development. In the marine and coastal domains, the GMES-Africa initiative provides four consortia around the continent that are developing and implementing a variety of services, including the provision of oceanographic products, fisheries and aquaculture support, coastal ecosystem monitoring and maritime security. As a joint initiative between the African and European Unions, there is strong emphasis on realising value from the data, information, expertise and know-how offered by the Copernicus programme. The South African National Oceans and Coastal Information Management System will also be presented. The session will present a variety of earth-observation based services from around the continent – services that focus on providing actionable information in the marine and coastal domain to variety of stakeholders. These services, whilst all focusing on providing knowledge-based decision making tools, have different regional priorities and approaches to user co-design and service delivery. The session will also include a substantial guided Q&A session to further gather user perspectives and needs.

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* 2. Which of the emerging services do you think will result in the greatest economic impact overall in Africa? (Please rank the options below)

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* 3. Which of the emerging services do you think will result in the greatest ability for African governments to provide decision making & policy support for sustainable development i.e. more capable state? (Please rank the options below)

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* 4. Which of the emerging services do you think will have the greatest impact at the African community level i.e. provide for most inclusive & involved decision making at a grassroots level? (Please rank the options below)

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* 5. Which of the emerging services do you think will have the greatest impact at the African industry level i.e. provide for greatest private sector growth & investment? (Please rank the options below)

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* 6. Given limited resources, and the need to improve underlying African observational infrastructure, which of the following sectors do you think would give the greatest investment returns for sustainable development? (Please rank the options below)

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* 7. Impact – in which sector do you see programmes such as GMES-Africa and OCIMS providing the most empowerment & having the most impact in the short term? (Please rank the options below)

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* 8. In which sector do you see the greatest growth in the African ocean economy in the next decade? (Select all that apply)

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* 9. Which of these sectors would you like you like to see national and Pan-African programmes such as GMES-Africa focusing as priority areas? (Select all that apply)

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* 10. What do you see as the greatest threat to African marine sustainable development & the African ocean economy in the next decade? (Select all that apply)

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* 11. We would like to hear any additional comments you may have on how to improve African Marine And Coastal Operational Services.

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