EUMETSAT participates in climate workshop in Cape Verde

EUMETSAT is participating in the International Workshop on Climate and Natural Resources in Portuguese-Speaking Countries being held on the island of Sal, Cape Verde, on 3-7 March 2008.

The workshop is organised by the National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (INMG) of Cape Verde, in cooperation with the Portuguese Meteorological Institute (IM), and is specifically dedicated to Portuguese-speaking countries.

The Director-General of EUMETSAT, Dr. Lars Prahm, attended the opening ceremony of the workshop, together with Mr. Basilio Ramos, Minister of State and Minister of Health, representing the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; Mrs. Maria Madalena Brito Neves, Minister of Environment and Agriculture; Mr. Luís de Matos Monteiro da Fonseca, Executive Secretary of the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (Community of Portuguese Language Countries); Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Antero Alfama, representing the President of the Câmara Municipal do Sal (Mayor of Sal); Mrs. Ester Araújo de Brito, President of INMG; Dr. Adérito Serrão, Director of IM; and Mr. Lamine Mamadou Bah, President of WMO Regional Area I (Africa).

Experts from Portuguese-speaking countries - Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Angola, Sao Tomé e Principe, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and Guinea Bissau - discussed issues related to climate and its relationship to sustainable development, how to coordinate research and training activities among Portuguese-speaking countries, and how to foster partnerships on climate and the environment. EUMETSAT is contributing to the workshop with speeches and presentations on subjects of interest to Portuguese-speaking countries: EUMETCast and GEONETCast, capacity-building projects (like PUMA and AMESD), training, and Satellite Application Facilities.

INMG operates a PUMA station to receive EUMETSAT data and products and meteorological observing stations on each of its 11 islands. It faces communication challenges collecting data and has therefore shown great interest in using the Meteosat Data Collection Platform system, which is also shared with other Portuguese-speaking countries.

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