Benefits of Participating

  • - Global Networking Platform
  • - Industry Driven Content
  • - Engage with experts
  • - Show case your work
  • - Best Abstracts Awards
  • - Key Note Speakers

Who Should Attend

  • - Policy Makers
  • - Earth Observation Experts
  • - Researchers
  • - Community Leaders
  • - Government Officers
  • - Academic Institutions

The objective of this Conference is to spur exchange of ideas on fast-tracking application of earth observation and geospatial technologies in development decision making. The key question is how can we use earth observation data and information to effectively address mundane problems that impact livelihoods in Africa and beyond?

This conversation began in RIC2017, and continues in RIC2018 bringing on board more industry, government, researchers, academia and community players with the focus of discussing the relevant and use of earth observation in promoting sustainable development as stipulated in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme for this year's conference is

"Space Science for Sustainable Development"

Space science:  Disciplines involved in exploration of space. It encompasses three segments namely space segment, control segment and user segment. The space segment involves satellite, aerial photography, UAV technology that are used to capture information about a phenomenon on earth. The control segment include transmission of the data capture in the space segment and deriving information about a phenomenon. The user segment involves using the information to make decisions about the phenomenon.

Sustainable development: Commonly defined as the ability of a resource to meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs. Sustainable development has three parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and socio-political sustainability.

Linking space science to sustainable development: Everyone want a better place to live, a better economy, a better social environment, healthy work force and therefore a completely/whole-new mind-set and worldview has emerged based on systems approach and system analysis focusing on sustainable use of resources for development. This explores interactions between components and processes within a system. The Earth as a system has components that interact with each other resulting in new features of the whole and therefore how components interact is crucial. 

For example, fertilizer application by individual farmers and city expands as a result of urbanization can change the entire ecosystem of a River and lake downstream leading to changes in water quality (SDG GOAL 6), or changes in individual behaviour can affect the whole economy of a country or respond to changes in government policy. Increase in food production can lead to reduced poverty and attainment of ZERO Hunger (SDG goal 1 and 2 respectively).  Deforestation and consumption of oil and other fossil fuels results to changes in climate (SDG goal 13), converting mangrove into farm or any other land use makes coastal villages more vulnerable to storm surges and tsunamis. News shops are unlikely to be opened where crime rates are high, affecting the economic growth of that certain area which contributes to declined regional economic growth. The connection of these systems components cannot be ignored.