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AFRICOVER Land Cover Mapping of East Africa based on Satellite Remote Sensing, GCP/RAF/287/ITA

Objectives: Strengthen capabilities of East African and riparian Nile countries for natural resources development planning and management.
Regional assessment of East Africa land cover.
Development of a staff network trained on remote sensing and GIS technologies. Data dissemination policy and mechanism.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); FAO
Contents: This Italy-funded project was formulated to meet several African countries ’ request for assistance in the set-up of reliable and geo- referenced databases on natural resources. It is part of FAO assistance to the Nile Basin countries, and a component of a larger multi-donor programme known under the title of "AFRICOVER", which will provide a homogeneous database for land cover mapping of whole Africa. AFRICOVER is complementary to another East-Africa international Italy-funded project, "Capacity Building for Nile Basin Water Resources Management", which gathers the nine Nile Riparian Countries for the common and sustainable management of the Nile basin.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 4.004.788,00 euro.
Data production.
Capacity building and sustainable production and use of data.
Normative and methodological development.
Data distribution and dissemination.
Target year: 2002
Target Area/Place: East Africa, eight countries
Expected Outcome(S): National and regional multipurpose AFRICOVER Database for Environment (MADE)produced.
A set of tools and methodologies for multipurpose land cover mapping developed.
National and regional management and planning improved, including socio-economic and environmental analysis in support of sustainable development and environmental monitoring related to international conventions and initiatives.
National level institutions strengthened, including capacity building and stakeholders involvement through the planning and implementation of operational activities, mainly at the sub- national level.

Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the managing of natural resources as a base for sustainable development in particular:
- capacity building
- environmental monitoring
- networking
- trans-nationality
Other Information:
(Contact): Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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