By Rugare Dhobbie

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa Programme has received a major boost in form of a grant from the European Union (EU) for earth observation, satellite communication and early warning systems.

This was revealed at a two-day meeting in Harare meant to call for proposals from African countries to take advantage of the funds by Europe to Africa.

African Union  (AU) Commission representative, Dr Tidiane Quattara said EU and AU signed an agreement on global earth observation which culminated in a US$17,5 million grant with special focus on water and satellite communication.

SADC representative, Bradwell Garanganga and Director of Research and Technology in the local Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, Mrs Rungano Karimanzira concurred that the meeting and funding came at an opportune time when Zimbabwe is faced with floods.

For floods or drought early warning systems, Zimbabwe is currently using satellite information from the University of Zimbabwe flood warning system and Meteorological Services Department automatic weather stations, forecasting systems and satellite equipment.