The WeMAST (Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment) project is a project funded under the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) & Africa Support Programme between the Africa Union and the European Union, in the area of space science & technology and a key priority under the EU-Africa partnership. GMES & Africa aims to promote development of local capacities, institutional, human and technical resources for access to and exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) based services on an operational basis for sustainable development in Africa.

The WeMAST project will design and develop an integrated platform for wetland assessment and monitoring that will support better management of selected transboundary river basins. The platform to be developed will integrate existing data products and tools to implement a sustainable wetland management system, by drawing on the experience from the SASSCAL-led consortium, partners and other key stakeholders across regional, national and local institutions.

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Aim of WeMAST Project

The WeMAST project will design and develop an integrated platform for wetland assessment and monitoring that will support sustainable management of selected transboundary river basins. The platform to be developed will integrate existing data products and tools to implement a sustainable wetland management system, by drawing on the experience from the SASSCAL-led consortium, partners and other key stakeholders across regional, national and local institutions.

will focus on transboundary river basins in southern Africa, with special emphasises on the Cuvelai Basin, Okavango River Basin, the Limpopo River Basin and the Zambezi River Basin

Objectives of WeMAST Project

The specific objectives of the WeMAST project are:

  • to identify existing assessment and monitoring methods applicable to southern Africa
  • to design, develop and operationalise an integrated platform that can provide wetland information service to target groups and end users
  • to extend existing EO capabilities to SADC decision makers for wetland assessment and monitoring through capacity building and leverage awareness
WeMAST Consortium

Key academic institutions compose the SASSCAL-led consortium, including the University of Botswana, University of Zambia, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape and Midlands State University. Other key members include the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of Zambia. In addition to the African partners, SASSCAL invited two institutions from Europe who will partake as associates.

To read more about WeMAST, please visit the WeMAST website.

The GMES and Africa Support Programme is funded jointly by the African Union and the European Union.