NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- More than
200 scientists from across the world are set to attend a three-day international
conference on space science in Nairobi next week, organizers said on Wednesday.
27-29 conference, organized by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for
Development (RCMRD), is expected to offer opportunity for countries in fast
tracking decision making in their application of earth observation and
geo-spatial technologies in developing their decision making policy briefs.
conference will provide a platform for science and policy deliberations in
various services offered by geospatial domain,” RCMRD Director General Emmanuel
Nkurunziza said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
said the scientists will make recommendations on how to help farmers who face
problem of invasive species affecting fragile ecosystems and those losing tea
crop due to frequent frost occurrences as well as others affected by frequent
He said that
the discipline could help many people who are currently struggling to empower
themselves economically and socially in the face of a changing climate,
especially in the drought-ravaged horn of Africa where lack of water and pasture
precipitates conflicts and loss of lives.
use of earth observation information is currently gaining acceptance globally in
addressing problems that impact livelihoods, we intend to explore the
possibility of prioritizing space science to help spur growth in Africa,” he
established under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
to help promote sustainable development in the member States through generation,
application, and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies,
products, and services.
Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda,
Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are members of the organization.
Global weather firm to boost Kenya’s fight
against climate change
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Global
weather observation systems company Vaisala on Wednesday said it will partner
with Kenya in order to boost the fight against climate change.
Kjell Forsen told a media briefing in Nairobi that it will collaborate with the
meteorological department to collect and monitor the changing weather
deliver high quality weather measuring systems that will be used to gather
accurate data required in combating the climate change phenomenon,” Forsen said
during a ceremony to open its permanent office in Nairobi, which will serve as a
hub for eastern and southern Africa.
African hub will offer expanded environment and weather services, including air
quality measurement instruments and services in the region.
that Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. “The
continent has growing demand for high quality weather measuring systems,” he
added. Vaisala will use the Radiosonde, which is a balloon-borne instrument to
transmit weather data using radio.
measures rainfall, humidity, visibility and environmental pressures up to 30 km
into the atmosphere.
that climate change is a growing threat to socio-economic development in Kenya
and the rest of the African continent.
African nations have already invested in weather observation equipment, they
need to continually update their systems in order to enhance their weather
forecasting capability,” he said.
Vaisala has provided weather observation systems to aviation authorities in
Africa. Forsen said that it has so far, equipped Kenya’s major airports with the
latest weather observation systems.