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PAFAGE - Support to training and assistance in the field of environmental management

Objectives: To develop the National Environmental Information System. To strengthen technical and methodological capacity of the Technical Unit of the Directorate for Environment, in order to improve environmental management. To strengthen the Keita environmental observatory in the frame of the ROSELT/OSS initiative.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); CeS.I.A. (Centre of Studies for Computer Science in Agriculture)
Contents: The Project is carried out within a framework of collaboration between the Italian Government and Niger and contributes to strengthen the Country ’s capacity in producing real time and readily available information for natural resources monitoring and management. The Project will contribute to upgrade UTA (Technical Unity of the Department of Environment) to be a centre specialised in timely, accurate and readily available information for natural resources management. This will ensure its ability to continue its current established tasks (gathering, managing and distributing environmental resources data and information)and to provide new services without having to depend on external help.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 662.108,00 euro.
Implementation will focus on three main activities:
- the production of the National Environmental Report;
- the implementation of the Keita Site Observatory;
- the development of a set of Desertification Assessment Indicators according to the National Environment Programme directives.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Niger
Expected Outcome(S): The main goal of PAFAGE is to develop an integrated National Environment Information System (SIEN) for data collection and management, information production and consolidation. This will produce immediate, useful and diversified information, according to different end-users ’ needs, and will strengthen communication mechanisms among all national institutions and services.
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
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Flavio Lovisolo
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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