France To Assist Kenya And Ethiopia With Space Technology

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

France will allow Kenya and Ethiopia access to its Toulouse-based global Climate Space Observatory, enabling the two countries to apply space technology to boost their telecommunications, meteorology, cartography, climate change, agriculture and defense.

The neighboring African countries have signed framework agreements regarding access to the Observatory at the French National Center for Space Studies, according to ITWebAfrica.

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A total of 25 global space agencies are based at the center, and African Union has agreed to sign a joint declaration on the Observatory at the G7 meeting to be held in France on August  25 and 26, AfricaNews reports.

This agreement will allow African institutions to access relevant data including water management, forest and crop monitoring, health services as well as connectivity gathered by the Observatory.

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi. Photo – AP – Ben Curtis

Morocco’s space agency has already been a partner of the Space Climate Observatory since its launch in 2018, according to MoroccoWorldNews.

Using space technology for climate change research

It was established to measure the impacts of climate change, and space applications for water resource management, forest and crop monitoring, healthcare and developing connectivity.

The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute is tasked with leading and coordinating Ethiopia’s space activities.

Ethiopia was accepted as a member of the Committee On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on Jan. 1, 2019 thanks to its increasing involvement in space research and activities, Spacewatch reported.

The global committee was established by the United Nations in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity.