Rangelands And Pasture Productivity (RAPP) Experts convene in Pretoria

SANSA and Common Wealth Scientific Research Organisation, Australia (CSIRO) with support from Department of Science and Technology (DST) and City of Tshwane hosted the 4th Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) Rangelands And Pasture Productivity (RAPP) workshop in Pretoria on 27-29 June 2016. The workshop was attended by 42 international and national scientists focussing on remote sensing and geospatial modelling in range and pasture management and research.

From right: Dr Alex Herd (CSIRO), Dr Phil Mjwara (DST), Dr Sandile Malinga (SANSA) and Dr Jane Olwoch (SANSA)

In South Africa range lands cover over 80% of SA land surface and are an important source of several ecosystem services and functions.

SANSA successfully facilitates SAR Maritime Training in support of Operation Phakisa

The maritime authorities recently benefited from a three day maritime remote sensing course that was recently hosted in Durban by the SAMSA maritime school of excellence on 25-27 May 2016. The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) training workshop was facilitated by SANSA through its collaborative partnership with JICA and RESTEC in Japan. The course was attended by nineteen participants from SAMSA, Transnet and SANSA. The course was aimed at developing remote sensing competencies in maritime surveillance and draws on RESTEC’s well established expertise in this area. The long term objective of this capacity building initiative was to develop the requisite earth observation skills for the maritime authorities to enable them to fully support Operation Phakisa.

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