ASMET is a joint project between German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (Germany), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) (Europe), Cooperative Program for Meteorology Education and Training (COMET)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (U.S), GTZ (Germany), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) (Switzerland), Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)/Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) (Kenya) and Ecole Africaine de la Meteorologie et de I'Aviation Civile (EAMAC/ASECNA) (Niger).
Objective of the Project
The aim of the project is to aid the African weather forecasters improve their weather forecasts by training them in the proper utilisation of the satellite data using the modern technology.
The project supplied the two training centres with training facilities like multimedia computers, scanner, printer, beamer, text-books, etc.
Through the project, various training activities have been undertaken at two WMO regional training centres namely IMTR, Nairobi Kenya and EAMAC, Niamey Niger. The training at IMTR focuses on Anglophone African countries while at EAMAC on Francophone African countries. These training activities are:-
WaterNet is a regional network of university departments and research and training institutes specialising in water. The member institutions endorse the Southern Africa Vision for Water, namely, the "Equitable and sustainable utilisation of water for social, environmental justice, regional integration and economic benefit for present and future generations in Southern Africa".
Regional Post-graduate Programme in Integrated Water Resource Management aims at
educating a new generation of water managers in Southern Africa that are trained
to address the complex and integrated nature of sustainable water management.
The Launch of WaterNet postgraduate
programme in integrated water resources management will be in February 2003
(University of Zimbabwe).