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1 First Meeting of the ACP Ministers In Charge Of The Development of Mining Resources Brussels – December 2010 Ketema Tadesse – SEAMIC, Tanzania Moussa Sylla – Ministry of Mines, Senegal Marc URVOIS – BRGM, France African-European Georesources Observation System and Its Role In African Mineral Resources Development

2 2 Background > Africa mineral resources potential hosts the largest global mineral resources and deposits except for copper, lead and zinc: gold 40%, cobalt 60%, PGM reserves 90% 40% of the world know reserves in bauxite, manganese, vanadium, gold, rhodium and diamond > A unique archive of Africa-related geoscientific data and information exists: they were acquired by African and European geoscientific organisations; public, disseminated, partly hard to identify and access; Several formats, several languages, under various custodianships; they should be identifiable and accessible thanks to modern IT. Has Africa been sufficiently explored for minerals and does the full potential of its minerals been made use of for the benefit of its people?

3 3 Why AEGOS? Data realises its full potential and value when made accessible (at affordable cost), used and disseminated. Developing the knowledge on mineral resources potential benefits to knowledge development on other underground natural resources e.g. groundwater and geothermal energy. Sustainable use of geology-related resources requires data, information and expertise for informed decision-making. Web-based Georesources databases are a key factor to base proper land-use planning/ environmental management policies and to attract local/ foreign investment both at large and small scales. They are essential infrastructures for combining data, knowledge and skills in support of the sustainable development policies. The role of AU, UNECA, RECs, OAGS and the ACP Group of States is essential. AEGOS scope: – Visibility and accessibility of accurate and reliable public data – Capacity building for qualified human resources – Efficient promotion of the available information on potential resources with appropriate Intellectual Property Right management

4 4 Objectives African-European Georesources Observation System Strengthen the sustainable use of underground resources in Africa by designing the SDI for Georesources based on interoperable geoscience data and user-oriented services Safeguard, share and valorise the knowledge and data archived in African and European geological surveys Support geoscientific communities and institutional decision-makers for sustainable development public policies Elaborate common strategies for capacity building and training programmes

5 5 ACP – EU initiative in FP7 RTD Two Phases project Phase 1 ( ) detailed design of a multi-national georesources observation system Main targets : institutional decision- makers, investors, geoscientific communities and education 9 European geological surveys 8 African counterparts: geological surveys, ministries of mines, school of mines 4 International organisations: EU Commission (Joint Research Centre), CIFEG, UEMOA, SEAMIC Lessons learnt from past EC & African and French-African Projects e.g. SIGAfrique , Mining Sector Support Programmes in Ghana ( ) and Senegal ( )

6 6 Project team – Advisory Board Consortium of 23 partners Advisors: AUC, UNECA, UNESCO, GSAF, OAGS, GEO, ICSU/ROA, EuroGeoSurveys

7 7 Infrastructure components Data sets Intellectual Property Rights management Capacity building Training schemes Sustainable funding Charter of partnership Hardware Software Networks Skilled human resources Operational procedures Standards User-oriented products User-oriented services Innovative projects

8 8 AEGOS distributed infrastructure Metadata on-line Data (on-line and off-line / e-AEGOS) Products (on-line and off-line) Services (customised) Capacity building

9 9 Data and SDI Architecture AEGOS Data Themes – 4 main themes: Geology, Mineral resources, Groundwater, Geothermal Energy Resources – Complementary data themes: Geophysics, Geochemistry, Boreholes, Elevation model, Topographic maps, Remote sensing data, Administrative boundaries, Land use, Hydrology, etc. Definition of data specifications for the AEGOS Spatial Data Infrastructure, a common Reference Model and metadata profiles Definition of standardised hardware, software, network and other technical components as well as operational procedures required for AEGOS-SDI Identifying a test-case area and relevant data sources and services for interoperability and interdisciplinarity Integration with the other African SDIs developed at national and regional levels

10 10 Capacity Building and Training Identification of the gap between the existing and the required human resources capacity for operating AEGOS From the responses of 25 questionnaires, only few are up to AEGOS required knowledge level

11 11 Goals of Capacity Building Activities CAPACITY BUILDING […] Workflow how to prepare data and IT infrastructure for standardised dissemination Dissemination of standardised data and Operational Management A1 A2 A3 Minimum Required Knowledge Baseline AEGOS Knowledge Baseline

12 12 Capacity Building and Training Proposing organisation and curricula Definition of curricula, qualifications and outline of capacity building modules Definition of the training infrastructure and organisation Proposed training modules Basic training – below knowledge baseline Open source applications (AEGOS supported) Definition of curricula, qualifications and outline of capacity building modules Data management (national organisation responsible) Foundation training – above knowledge baseline on the job training and basic guidelines on AEGOS basic SDI (AEGOS supported) Operational training – above AEGOS required level Data standardisation Information Technology Operational management

13 13 User-Oriented Products and Services Defining innovative user-oriented products and services. Areas of interest refined through questionnaires in: – Mineral resources – Construction raw materials – Groundwater – Geothermal energy Identification of priority research themes for preparing innovative projects. Potential test-bed projects: – IGRAC – groundwater monitoring – WAXI – West African Exploration Initiative – Beak – geological predictive maps of Ghana – GD-SOM-UNZA – transboundary governance maps in Copperbelt of ZAMBIA and CONGO…

14 14 Sustainability of AEGOS Sustainability of the Georesource Observation System – Plan for sustainable Operation of AEGOS organisation – Charter of Partnership including Data Sharing Recommendations Definition of the future organisation of the AEGOS network throughout Africa for the commercial aspects to ensure AEGOS sustainability but also for training, data collection, processing and validation Information dissemination and promotion of AEGOS services – AEGOS website accessed all around – Promotion of AEGOS by all partners in different forums

15 15 Towards AEGOS Phase 2 AEGOS – Phase 1, Infrastructure design and network of contributors Recent and upcoming events: – 5 workshops in Ghana, Senegal and South Africa (October 2010) – Results and Final Conference : Dakar, Senegal (April 2011) AEGOS – Phase 2, Extension of the network of involved African countries and RE Communities All partners to reach the minimum required baselines (equipment, skills) Infrastructure development and implementation Training of concerned persons

16 16 Results and deliverables at the end of the future Phase 2 Distributed infrastructure of national multidisciplinary data sets Internet and satellite-based access to public geoscientific metadata and harmonised data Operational procedures and open standards to browse interoperable spatial information User-oriented products and services: customised decision-support systems Capacity building and training programmes Permanent network of institutions and geoscientists Charter of partnership - Intellectual Property Right Management Funding model for the sustainability of the AEGOS infrastructure Plan for Sustainable Operation

17 17 Benefits from AEGOS? Become an active partner in designing and implementing a modern Spatial Data Infrastructure for georesources Africa and relevant capacity building programmes. Benefit from the strength and efficiency of collective means and actions rather than at individual level. Facilitate cross-border harmonisation of georesources data within the AEGOS networks of partners Enhance the capacity to plan and build scenarios to better manage the non-renewable resources wealth in minerals, aggregates and groundwater. Market investment opportunities in the georesources sector Improve the governance taking into account the socio-economic factors Further develop domestic commodities to support the economy and meet the Millennium Development Goals (poverty reduction) Enhance the level of human capacities through dedicated schemes in information technologies and SDI management

18 18 ACP countries (79); Africa (48); Caribbean (16); Pacific (15) African countries: huge minerals, geothermal and groundwater resources Caribbean: gold, copper rich, potential for geothermal Pacific: bauxite and alumina, potential for geothermal Adopt existing AEGOS-SDI and thereby save time and resources Human Resources development of the new ACP State in areas where knowledge gaps are identified Georesources institutions in these regions to be equipped with standardised hardware and software capable of running the AEGOS SDI Facilitate access to the georesources of the new ACP states to potential investors Benefits from AEGOS Participation by New ACP States

19 19 External organisation as a Client Member as a client Strategic and operative relations Strategic integration of AEGOS Customer relations Operative relations Strategic relations AEGOS core System Policy Infrastructure & Technology Science Products (product sales) Projects (project acquisition) AEGOS Partners & Members AEGOS Charter Partnership External relationsInternal needs Training Service Public Relation Commercial/Semi commercial Services (sales of services)

20 20 Preparing AEGOS Phase 2: present context and opportunities Africa-EU Strategic partnerships, including Science, Information Society and Space (Lisbon, 2007) Action plans (1 st on going / 2 nd adopted at the 3 rd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Nov. 2010) AU-EU college-to-college meeting in June 2010, Addis Ababa: – with participation of the Regional Economic Communities Bilateral cooperation on raw materials – AUC African Mining Vision 2050 (adopted Feb. 2009) – EC Raw Material Initiative (Communications Nov & Nov. 2010) – Three subjects including Geological knowledge and Skills > Phase 2 of AEGOS organisation is the natural follow-up of the bilateral-funded geoscientific projects and EU-funded Mining Sector Support Programmes.

21 21 Preparing AEGOS Phase 2: present context and opportunities AEGOS corresponds to the AMV 2050 ST Action 8 Increase the level and quality of resource potential data. AUC African Mining Vision 2050 (adopted by AU head of states on Feb. 2009) – Different from past African plans by specifically clearing barriers to advance AMV (HR development, Infrastructure improvement, inclusive of the private sector, the academia, improve the quality of the business environment which all complement AEGOS objectives) – AEGOS 2 implementation will therefore strengthen the shared vision through: Transparent and optimal exploitation of mineral resources, Assist broad based sustainable growth, Improve governance that would reflect on mineral resources development, Improve the socio-economic development of Africa arising from the mineral development.

22 22 Preparing AEGOS Phase 2: Way Forward for Short Term Implementation ACP Countries to develop public, harmonised and interoperable geoscientific information systems to support the geoscientific communities and institutional decision-makers for sustainable development public policies. AEGOS is identified as a practical example which is technically possible to implement as an actual example of the AU-EU joint strategies in information systems. AEGOS design Phase 1 ( ) should be turned into an implementation Phase 2 ( ), at ACP scale, with appropriate funding (10th EDF?) as part of the AU-EU partnership for the sustainable development of non-renewable underground natural resources.

23 23 Thank you for your attention Merci de votre attention

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