AAG and EIS-AFRICA Collaboration
To foster research collaboration, educational exchange, and cross cultural understanding between American geographers and their colleagues from African nations, the AAG has recently established collaborative programs with a leading African regional geography, GIS, and environmental science organization, EIS-AFRICA.
EIS-AFRICA, headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa, is recognized as a leader in the development of African capacity to generate, manage, disseminate, and use geospatial, earth observation, and environmental data. It also is the manager of the biennial AFRICA-GIS Conference, the premier geo-information event in Africa.
Development of Fundamental Geospatial Datasets in Africa
The AAG and EIS-AFRICA formally began working together in August 2008 after the approval of a U.S. Department of State-funded grant to carry out a collaborative project that supports sustainable development in Africa. One objective of the project is to fill gaps in fundamental geospatial data at a continent-wide level. Another objective is to strengthen local capacity in African universities, NGOs, and governmental agencies to foster sustainable development.