Program for the supply of Spot images for the Congo Basin as part of the REDD+ initiative


Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing presided the ceremony in Durban for the signature of licenses corresponding to the use of high resolution satellite images by her African counterparts. The images will be used in the fight against deforestation and the degradation of forests in Central Africa.

The Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo have officially signed “national authority” licenses that will allow them to use SPOT images and more importantly to make them available for any project eligible under this program.

IGN France International, leader of the consortium lending technical support concerning the use of the images to the different countries, was also represented. Their presence was due notably to the wish to continue the promotional effort that was launched during the presentation workshops organized in July, and again in November, 2011 in the Central African Republic.

“Although the countries are not at the same level of advancement in the implementation of their policies and structures linked to the issue of sustainable forest development, it is quite apparent that a dynamic has formed between them that will gain in momentum with the coming months. The United Nations Conference on Climate Change that was held in Durban allowed us to meet all of the key players in order to continue the dialogue on the prospects offered by this program,” explains Camille PINET, Project Manager and coordinator of the consortium at IGN France International.

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