At the biennial conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed between the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and AARSE and with EIS-Africa. The MoUs set out agreements for co-operation between the societies through exchange of information and collaboration in activities such as the organisation of joint meetings and recruitment and from time to time through joint projects and joint working groups. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to discuss ideas for new projects and one outcome was agreement for AARSE, EIS-Africa and ISPRS to collaborate on organising workshops in conjunction with the UN CODIST conference in April 2011 and the Africa GIS Conference in Cairo in October 2011. Tsehaie Woldai, outgoing president of AARSE said “The MoU cements the relationship between AARSE and ISPRS and will ensure good co-operation in the future. Sives Govender, executive Director of EIS-Africa said, “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with ISPRS to support EIS-Africa’s effort in promoting the use of Geospatial Science and Technology for sustainable development in Africa”. The MoUs were signed on behalf of ISPRS by Ian Dowman, First Vice President of ISPRS who said “ISPRS welcomes this formalisation of our relationship with African societies and means that we can move forward as equals and work together for the benefit of geospatial science in Africa.”
The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of knowledge, research, development, education and training in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. ISPRS also promotes the application of geospatial information to contribute to the well-being of humanity and the sustainability of the environment. For further information see www.isprs.org
The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) is a registered NGO Incorporated under Section 21of the South African Companies Act (Act 61 of 1973). AARSE is a non-political scientific organization with the goal of the formulation of National Professional Associations in Earth Observation and Geoinformation across African countries and the establishment of appropriate scientific commissions.
EIS-AFRICA is a non-profit pan-African organisation of geo-information practitioners and institutions. It is based in Pretoria, South Africa, and is incorporated as an association under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act (Act 61, 1973). EIS-AFRICA is an Africa-wide organisation promoting the greater use of harmonised geo-spatial information.