Information from Digital Earth Africa
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected as the host of the Digital Earth Africa Program Management Office. Digital Earth Africa provides decision-ready Earth observations products for policy makers, scientists, the private sector and civil society to address social, environmental and economic changes on the continent and develop an ecosystem for innovation across sectors.
The appointment establishes an Africa-based infrastructure for Digital Earth Africa, with the aim to ensure that the platform remains responsive to the needs, challenges, and priorities of the continent, and continuing its mission to provide free access to Earth observation data to tackle challenges on the continent.
Based in Pretoria, South Africa, the program management office will strengthen Digital Earth Africa’s network of partners from across Africa by providing on-going leadership and direction as the program continues to deliver its strategic objectives.
This agreement was made under the terms of a contract between SANSA and Geoscience Australia, who established and funded Digital Earth Africa. SANSA was selected after an assessment by an independent panel with majority representation from African organisations. The agency was selected for its aligned missions and visions with Digital Earth Africa, and its capacity and capability to host the office.
“It has always been fundamental for Digital Earth Africa to become fully operational in Africa, and I am delighted to announce this vital step in Digital Earth Africa’s growth,” said Adam Lewis, managing director of the Digital Earth Africa Establishment Team. “An Africa-based Program Management Office allows us to tailor our platform even more to the needs of our users. It also signals an important step towards the complete transition of Digital Earth Africa to be owned and run by African organisations and stakeholders.”
For the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, the current establishment team will work closely with SANSA and the programme management office to transition functions from the establishment team to the program management office.