January 22, 2019

Consortium members

Center for Space Science and Technology Education in English (CSSTE), Ile-Ife (Team Lead/Secretariat)

Contact person

Dr. G. I. Agbaje, fnis
Executive Director / CEO

email: gagbaje(at)gmail.com
website: http://arcsstee.org.ng

The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (CSSTE) was inaugurated in Nigeria on 24th November, 1998. A number of other national and regional institutions with research and training interests in space science and technology are also affiliated to it.

Following resolution 45/72 of 1990 and 50/27 of 1995, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation of UNISPACE 82, that the United Nations Programme on Space Applications should assist member states in enhancing their indigenous capacity in the utilization of SST for national/regional development. The UN office of Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) was mandated to establish Centres for Space Science and Technology Education in developing countries on a regional basis. Nigeria and Morocco were chosen to host the Centres for Space Science and Technology Education for the benefit of Anglophone and Francophone Afreican countries respectively. The host institution for the Centre in Nigeria is Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d’Application en Télédétection (CURAT)

Contact person

Dr. YOUAN TA Marc,
Senior Lec., Univ. of CAMES.
Hydrogeologist, Remote sensing & GIS Expert

email: marc.youanta@curat-edu.org

website: www.curat-edu.org

Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d’Application en Télédétection (CURAT) was created by Rectoral order N ° 95-588 of 11 August 1995. This research center delivers diplomas in remote sensing and GIS through Ecole Doctoral Africaine de Télédétection (EDAT). CURAT mission is to promote basic and applied research using geoinformation techniques in earth sciences (Geology, Hydrogeology, Oceanography, forestry, biodiversity, etc…) and to train senior manager from ministry, institution, public and private sector in remote sensing and GIS. In Sum, CURAT provides assistance and expertise in any study and research using and needed Geomatics applications and tools.

University of Ghana, Legon

Contact person

Prof. Sandow Mark Yidana
A Hydrogeologist with specialization in numerical hydrological modeling and advanced statistical applications.


Prof. Yidana is the leader of the University of Ghana’s team contributing to the GMES Africa Project Multiscale Flood Monitoring Services for West Africa. Together with the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the University of Ghana team is developing a forecasting system for the most vulnerable parts of the Black Volta Basin in Northern Ghana. The Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana is the foremost center of excellence in geoscience training in Ghana and the West African sub-region. The department offers training and research in the areas of hydrological sciences, geology, mineral exploration, petroleum geosciences, engineering geology, environmental geology and related areas and has 70 years of experience in building capacity and research innovation in the West African sub-region. The department’s strength is in the diversity of expertise of its staff.

University of Ghana (www.ug.edu.gh), according to the latest University rankings conducted by Times Higher Education is the highest ranked University in West Africa and amongst the best in Africa. The University is administering several funded research projects running into several dozens of millions of United States Dollars, procured through international competitive bidding processes. The University is widely acclaimed for high levels of teaching quality and the credibility of its credentials.

Autorité du Bassin de la Volta (ABV) / Volta Basin Authority (VBA)

Contact person

Executive Director

Emails: secretariat.abv@abv-volta.org

The Volta Basin is a transboundary river basin shared by six (06) countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. These countries which established the Volta Basin Authority on 19th January 2007, have a high population growth rate with everrising physical pressure on the natural resources of the basin.

Hence, the growing need for greater action in response to the adverse effects environmental problems created by these anthropogenic activities, exacerbated by climate change. Some of these problems include land and water quality degradation and frequent flooding in several parts of the basin. To this effect, it is worth noting that environmental challenges of this nature will hardly be addressed effectively through initiatives by individual countries.

Sustainable long-term solutions can only be found through multilateral cooperation, based on the cardinal principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The Volta Basin Authority is created to promote IWRM within the Volta basin with the view to contributing to reduce poverty and promoting sustainable development in the basin.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI), Ghana.

Contact person

Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie
Senior Research Scientist (Hydrology/Climate)
Water Research Institute


The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Institute of Aquatic Biology and the Water Resources Research Institute. WRI has a mandate to conduct research into water and related resources. WRI generates and provides scientific information, strategies and services toward the rational development, utilization and management of the water resources of Ghana in support of the socio–economic advancement of the country, especially in the agriculture, health, industry, energy, transportation, education and tourism sectors.

Institut Supérieur d’Etudes Spatiales et des Télécommunications (ISESTEL) Ouagadougou

Contact person

Prof. Patrice SANOU
Emeritus Professor of Space Technology
Director General SIGETA / ISESTEL

Institut Supérieur d’Etudes Spatiales et des Télécommunications (ISESTEL) was set officially in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) on September 27th 2011 by the Ministerial Order N°2011-327/MESS/SG/DGERS/DEPr. ISESTEL is set to give deliver training and research in space technologies and all applied areas (natural ressources, land management, land use, land cover, water resources, urban and rural management, socioeconomic analysis, etc.) Training at ISESTEL concerns short traning and diploma training (Licence, Bachelor, Master)

ISESTEL is member of various international organizations (GEO, LDN/UNCCD). ISESTEL is focal point of SERVIR West Africa set by NASA and USAID in ECOWAS region. The Head of ISESTEL has been nominated as one of the 15 members selected by African Union Commission to be part of Africa Sciences and Technologies Advisory group for Disaters Risks Reduction (Af-STAG/DRR) since March 2019

National Water Institute, University of Abomey-Calavi (INE-UAC), Benin

Contact person



The Institut National de l’Eau (INE) / National Institute of Water (INW)  is an institute of University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin Republic. The goal of INE is to train and build capacities in water technologies, sanitation and management (water production, storage and distribution, surface and below ground water quality, sewage water) and in adaptive delta management through integrated water resources management and integrated coastal zone management. It intervenes  in valorization of water resources e.g. for agriculture, with due accounting of climate change and disaster management. In this way, it is the hosting institution of the Graduate Research Program on Climate Change & Water Resources of the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). It is also a research and academic institution dedicated to the design and implementation of research programs in the field of climate change, water and sanitation in relation to Benin’s development policies.  INE conducts various research work dealing with the state-of-art in hydrology and water resources management including flood risk monitoring and assessment. It has developed relevant expertise to provide technical assistances to decision-makers in the field of water and related to disaster management.