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DMCii in Namibia for UN Desertification Conference

The DMCii team were in the Republic of Namibia’s capital Windhoek this week as sponsors for the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on the 23rd and 24th September.

Paul Stephens, DMCii’s Director of sales and marketing, gave a keynote speech in which he highlighted the benefits of long term Earth monitoring with satellite images.

DMCii’s daily satellite imagery services are used in the rapid detection of the location and extent of changes in land cover, including degradation and desertification. Furthermore, it provides information about vegetation status and health, which can be used to improve agricultural productivity and provide greater food security.

Paul said: “It was a privilege to be invited to participate in the UNCCD Business Forum, and to discuss how DMCii’s satellite imagery can assist in sustainable management of land resources, to ensure food security for the world

A declaration was made by the UN secretariat during the event, which encouraged the involvement of industry in the prevention of desertification if we are to achieve the goal of a degradation neutral world.

DMCii hopes that the conference will encourage governments worldwide to realise the benefits that long-term satellite imaging and monitoring could have on the desertification of places across the world.

Paul and Elena Lobo, a sales and marketing executive at DMCii, had the honour of meeting with around 30 Ministers and senior environmental officers from across the globe over the two-day event.

Opening the Conference, COP11 President and Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekwa Herunga, welcomed delegates to the “the land of the Brave, especially at a time when Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in over 30 years.”

Namibia is home to an area of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found.

The DMCii team had a fantastic time as sponsors of UNCCD, and we look forward to working to help combat global desertification and land degradation.