The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative is the crystallization of the longstanding cooperation between Africa and Europe in the area of space science & technology and earth observation. Through the implementation of 4 pillars (Data and Infrastructures, Services, Training, Communication and Awareness raising) the activities are designed to enable Africa to solve and address global challenges and promote sustainable development under the Copernicus programme.
Of the total funding for the GMES and AFRICA Support Programme, EUR17,5 Million have been reserved for granting Consortia. The purpose is to develop applications in the fields of Land Water and Natural Resources, and Marine and Coastal Resources. In November 2017 in Abidjan, 13 Consortia have been granted which represents a total of 13 Leaders, 72 Partners, 53 Associates, established in 46 African countries, and 6 European countries.