The purpose of the forum is to reinforce the well-established dialogue between EUMETSAT and the African user community to optimise the use of EUMETSAT satellite data and products throughout the continent
The forum also provides the opportunity to identify actions and initiatives that could be taken by EUMETSAT to meet the requirements of its African partners. The current and future focus of the forum is on the long-term sustainability of the outcomes of the Preparation for the Use of MSG in Africa (PUMA) programme and its successors, the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project and the Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project, as well as the implementation of the SAWIRDA and GMES and Africa Support Programme.
The data, products and services generated from EUMETSAT's satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and the monitoring of the global climate, and are provided free to all African countries.
To ensure optimal use of EUMETSAT data and products, EUMETSAT organises a biennial User Forum for African users. The forum is organised in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service of the host country, together with relevant governmental institutions and ministries who also act as hosts. Representatives from the African National Meteorological Services, the African Regional Economic Communities, the African Union Commission, the European Commission, industry and other institutions attend the forum.
Sessions are held on topics including EUMETSAT products and services, the Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs), and information dissemination. Sessions are also held to exchange views and discuss with users how EUMETSAT could best promote the use of meteorological satellite data in Africa. The programme normally includes a thematic session on, for example, hydrology, climate, the mitigation of natural disasters and other topics.
The 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is planned to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at the end of September 2018.
Information on the next User Forum can be found on the dedicated meeting website.
Previous EUMETSAT User Forums in Africa have been hosted in the following countries:
Location: Rabat, Morocco
|Report of the 3rd EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa|
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