Workshop scope and objectives

Building on the outcomes of the Coastal Hazards Plenary Session and Coastline Changes workshop held during the GEO Blue Planet 5th Symposium (2022, Accra), this event will focus on:

  • Explore the role of ocean observation and prediction in addressing stakeholders needs aligned with the AU blue strategy, the UN Ocean Decade roadmap for Africa and the formulation of international frameworks.
  • Identifying the priorities and needs for ocean observations and prediction to address the challenges of coastal sustainability in Africa.

The Workshop encompasses two days of plenary sessions, with

  • Presentations on policy, blue economy and decision making and their needs for Ocean observation and prediction.
  • Keynotes on the ocean, coastal hazards, blue carbon and observation and predictions capabilities in Africa.
  • Flash presentations on Earth-observation based products and services for Africa.

The following two days will be dedicated to break out workshops on the four Thematic Areas of Focus where participants from stakeholder groups and service providers will be guided to map actors, discuss needs and co-create a concept for an EO-based service/tool addressing the theme at hand.

Context

This workshop is designed to explore the role of ocean observation and prediction in addressing stakeholders needs aligned with the AU blue strategy, the UN Ocean Decade roadmap and in particular the formulation of international frameworks around four thematic areas:

  • Shoreline changes and seabed mapping
  • Coastal flooding and inundation
  • Coastal ecosystem mapping
  • Coastal waters quality

Expected outcomes

Participants will present and discuss the current most important societal and scientific drivers of different regional coastal development. Requirements from the users are expected to stimulate the improvement of present and the shaping of future coastal changes solutions and applications. Identified stakeholders include UN bodies, regional organizations and national groups working on coastal management.

Anticipated outcomes are:

  • Enhanced Cooperation between stakeholders and the observing and modelling communities
  • Collection of stakeholder priorities and requirements in terms of Ocean observations and predictions in Africa
  • Guidelines for future GEO Blue Planet actions

Identified stakeholders include UN bodies, regional organisations and programmes, and national groups working on coastal management.

Outcomes are expected to be complied in a peered-review publication following the workshop.

For more information, check out the workshop concept note.

Agendas & Info

Main Workshop - 4-7 March 2024

Monday 4 March (9:00-16:30)

Room: CR3

8:30-9:00 Registration Opens

Session 1 – Opening Session

Co-Chairs: Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International) and Joana Akrofi (UNEP)

9:00-9:10 Welcome notes from UNEP Richard Munang (UNEP)
9:10-9:20 Welcome notes from GEO Blue Planet Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)
9:20-9:30 The UN Ocean Conference 2025 Ashok Adicéam (MAE France)
9:30-9:40 The UN Ocean Decade and the Africa Roadmap Jacqueline Uku (KMFRI & Chair of African Ocean Decade Taskforce)
9:40-9:50 The Ocean and “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” Bachir Saley (African Union Commission)
9:50-10:00 Responding to needs of impacted coastal communities Titus Letaapo (GEO Indigenous Alliance)
10:00-10:10 Mercator Ocean International’s actions with Africa Muriel Lux (Mercator Ocean International)
10:10-10:50 Break (and group photo)

 

Session 2 – Policy, Economy and Ocean Observations

Co-Chairs: Lillian Diarra (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International) and Stewart Bernard (University of Cape Town)

10:50-11:05 The regional context of the West coast of Africa for coastal management decision making informed by ocean observation Abdoulaye Diagana (Abidjan Regional Seas Convention)
11:05-11:20 The regional context of the East coast of Africa for coastal management decision making informed by ocean observation Theuri Mwangi (Nairobi Regional Seas Convention) 
11:20-11:30 GO Blue Project
11:00-11:45 Science and Knowledge for a Resilient and Sustainable Ocean Economy in Africa- SEAWARD Africa Edwin Mwashinga (UNESCO / IOCAfrica)
11:45-12:00 Ocean observations in support of the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) development Louis Celliers (HEREON)
12:00-12:15 Maritime Spatial Planning / A transformative ocean governance to enable sustainability James Mbugua (CORDIO East Africa)
12:15-12:30 IUCN perspective on information needs for coastal resilience Thomas Sberna (IUCN)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:15 Observation and prediction services to support policy and decision making for coastal sustainability in Kenya Emmah Akware (Senior State Council, Kenya)
14:15-14:30 Observation and prediction services to support policy and decision making for coastal sustainability in Mozambique Armando Alberto (Mozambique National Emergency Operations Center – CENOE)
14:30-14:45 Observation and prediction services to support policy and decision making for coastal sustainability in Cote d’Ivoire Abou Bamba (Office of the Prime Minister, Cote d’Ivoire)
14:45-15:00 Observation and prediction services to support policy and decision making for coastal sustainability in Nigeria Linda Etta (Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy of Nigeria)
15:00-15:30 Break
16:00-16:30 Panel Discussion on Earth observation to inform policy design and decision making

 

Tuesday 5 March (9:00 – 16:30)

Room: Plenary room for 50 ppl

Session 3 – Ocean Observations for Decision-making

Co-Chairs: Delphine Lobelle (Fugro) and Edwin Mwashinga (IOCAfrica)

09:00-09:10 Welcome notes Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)
09:10-09:25 Overview of the role of the ocean in climate, with a focus on the African Seas Corrine Almeida (WASCAL, Cabo Verde)
09:25-09:40 Overview of ocean observations and prediction, with a focus on African capabilities and recommendations for sustainability Stewart Bernard (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
09:40-09:55 Overview of coastal hazards in Africa Donatus Angnuureng (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
09:55-10:10 Blue Carbon as Natural Climate Solution Derrick Njiru (UNEP)
10:10-10:40 Break

Session 4 – Ocean Products and Services Flash-talks Session

Co-Chairs: Louis Celliers (HEREON) and Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT)

10:40-10:50 OceanPrediction DCC – Africa Regional Team Jennifer Veitch (SAEON)
10:50-11:00 GMES & Africa Kwame Adu Agyekum (GMES and Africa)
11:00-11:10 Global Environment Monitoring Services for the Ocean and Coasts (GEMS Ocean and Coasts) Joana Akrofi (UNEP)
11:10-11:20 Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa James Mbugua (CORDIO East Africa)
11:20-11:30 South African Oceans and Coastal Information Management System (OCIMS) Marie Smith (CSIR, South Africa)
11:30-11:40 Short Break
11:40-11:50 EUMETSAT products and tools for users in Africa Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT)
11:50-12:00 Digital Twin of the Ocean and the Copernicus Marine Service Muriel Lux (Mercator Ocean International)
12:00-12:10 CLS Tools for Integrated Coastal Zone Management Gildenhuys Sanette (CLS, South Africa)
12:10-12:20 Digital Earth Africa (DEA) tools, data and learning resources for marine and coastal monitoring and reporting Kenneth Mubea (DEA, Kenya)
12:20-12:30 Fugro digital solutions supporting coastal resilience efforts and decision-making Delphine Lobelle (Fugro)
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Session 5 – Needs and Limitations for EWE in Africa

Co-Chairs : Muriel Lux (Mercator Ocean International) and Joana Akrofi (UNEP)

14:00-14:15 UNEP’s Early Warning for Environment (EWE) vision – Introduction to Panel discussion Richard Munang (UNEP)
14:15-15:00 Panel Discussion of the value chain for Early Warning for Environment
15:00-15:30 Break

Working Sessions Introduction

Co-Chairs : Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean) and Steward Bernard (University of Cape Town)

15:30-15:45 Case study / Intro to WS #1 Ignatius Williams (GMES and Africa) & Donatus Angnuureng (University of Cape Coast)
15:45-16:00 Case study / Intro to WS #2 Delphine Lobelle (Fugro) & Kenneth Mubea (Digital Earth Africa)
16:00-16:15 Case study / Intro to WS #3 Louis Celliers (HEREON) and James Mbugua (CORDIO East Africa)
16:15-16:30 Case study / Intro to WS #4 Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT) and Liu Ning (UNEP)

 

Wednesday 6 March (09:00-16:30 + Social event)

Rooms: 4 breakout rooms for 15-20 ppl

Working Session #1

Working Session #2

Working Session #3

Working Session #4

Shoreline changes incl. erosion and seabed mapping Coastal flooding and inundation Coastal ecosystem mapping Coastal waters quality
Ignatius Williams (GMES and Africa) & Donatus Angnuureng (University of Cape Coast) Delphine Lobelle (Fugro) & Kenneth Mubea (Digital Earth Africa) Louis Celliers (Hereon) and James Mbugua (Cordio East Africa) Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT) and Liu Ning (UNEP)
16:30 onwards Social Event

 

Thursday 7 March (09:00-16:30)

Rooms: 4 breakout rooms for 15-20 ppl

09:00-12:30

Parallel Working Sessions

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Session 6 – Closing Session

Co-Chairs : Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International) and Joana Akrofi (UNEP)

Room: Plenary room for 50 ppl

14:00-14:10 Welcome Notes Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)
14:10-14:20 WS #1 restitution Ignatius Williams (GMES and Africa) & Donatus Angnuureng (University of Cape Coast)
14:20-14:30 WS #2 restitution Delphine Lobelle (Fugro) & Kenneth Mubea (DEA)
14:30-14:40 WS #3 restitution Louis Celliers (Hereon) and James Mbugua (CORDIO East Africa)
14:40-14:50 WS #4 restitution Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT) and Liu Ning (UNEP)
14:50-15:00 Final notes from organisers Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:30 WS Outcome Document Finalisation Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)

Pre-Event 6 June 2023

Summary Report

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Agenda

6 June 2023 | 2pm EAT (UTC+3)

 Time

Presentations

Speakers

14:00 – 14:10 Introduction and overview of the:

  • GEO Blue Planet initiative
  • Coastal geomorphological changes Working Group
  • Workshop Introduction
Emily Smail – GEO Blue Planet Executive Director (NOAA & University of Maryland) Audrey Hasson – GEO Blue Planet EU coordinator (Mercator Ocean International)
14:10 – 14:15 Interactive poll #1
14:15 – 14:30 Keynote 1: governmental level who have used EO for either NAPs or regional decision making Ahmed Mohamed (GO Blue project/ UNEP)
14:30 -14:45 Keynote 2: Coral reef and coastal vulnerability to climate change in East Africa David Obura (Cordio East Africa)
14:45 -15:00 Panel Discussion
15:00 -15:05 Interactive Zoom poll #2
15:05 -15:25 Discussion/ Networking with Kumospace web-based application Audience
15:25 – 15:40 Break
15:40 – 15:55 Flash introduction presentations from coastal services/ products providers with success story

15:55 – 16:20 Flash introduction presentation from stakeholders / superusers of EO systems to address coastal challenges:

16:20 -16:25 Interactive Zoom Poll #3
16:25 – 16:45 Panel Discussion (requirements in terms of stakeholder engagement, collaboration and co-design, and capacity building to achieve coastal sustainability in Africa)
16:45 -17:00 Discussion/ Networking via application KumoSpace
17:00 – 17:05 Concluding remarks + Interactive Zoom Poll #4

Programme committee

  • Prof. Kouadio Affian (IOC Africa – GOOS Africa)
  • Joana Akrofi (UNEP – GEMS Ocean and Coast Programme)
  • Dr. Muriel Lux (Mercator Ocean International)
  • Dr. Louis Celliers (Hereon)
  • Dr. Steward Bernard (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr. Bachir Saley (African Union)
  • Dr. Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT)
  • Dr. Delphine Lobelle (FUGRO)
  • Dr. Bennet Foli (University of Ghana – GMES and Africa – GEO Blue Planet co-chair)
  • Jose Moutinho (Atlantic International Research (AIR) Centre – GEO Blue Planet co-chair)
  • Dr. Audrey Hasson (GEO Blue Planet / Mercator Ocean International)
  • Lillian Diarra (Mercator Ocean International)

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