The workshop follows the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002 where the international community developed a plan of action prioritising actions to facilitate access to accurate and reliable satellite information.
The workshop was officially opened by John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, who said the workshop marked an important milestone in scientific development. “The significance of this training event is that it brings together earth observation experts and educators for discussions on how the SADC region can meet
The Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, proudly displaying the two PMR Awards.
Candice Ortman, Sharma Shinganda and Natasha Awoses, Grade 12 learners at the Windhoek Technical High School experimented with microscopes at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences stand.
Minister John Mutorwathe human resources capacity needs required to turn the WSSD vision for modern satellite imaging technologies in Africa into reality,” Mutorwa said.
He expressed the hope that the workshop would make Africa move closer to the overall goal of the MESA programme which is to improve the socio-economic progress and well-being of its people.
The Vice-Chancellor of NUST, Tjama Tjivikua, noted that NUST is a leader in Land Management in SADC and said this first MESA university training workshop is a significant activity for Africa as it forms a vital part in ensuring sustainability of the MESA project in the SADC region. He encouraged universities to remain committed to partnerships and research in order to continue identifying and addressing specific strategic information needs in priority areas such as water, energy, drought, fire, flood, urban development, disaster risk management, agriculture and rural development.
“With the rise of globalisation, international-isation in universities has become a requisite for operating effectively in the global education market and hence it has become a key strategic goal of all involved in institutional partnerships,” Tjivikua said.