The eStation is currently developed through a number of initiatives and international funded projects.

Current projects

MESA The MESA program (Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa) covers the period 2013-2017, and involves 48 ACP countries, with a budget of 37 M€ from the 10th European Development Fund (IntraACP budget line and five Regional Indicative Programmes). (ACP: African, Carribean and Pacific Countries, the five Regional Economic Commissions are ECOWAS for Western Africa, IGAD for Eastern Africa, IOC for the Indian Ocean, CEMAC for Central Africa and SADC for Southern Africa). It builds on the heritage of the previous AMESD program, using Earth Observation (EO) data and information products for environment and sustainable development, specifically designed for African users at continental, regional and national levels.

Infrastructure support, including upgrading and maintenance of PUMA and AMESD receiving stations is continued under MESA in all Sub-Saharan African countries. The program also consolidates and further develops information services in the thematic areas addressed by AMESD, and also expands to new thematic areas and services (such as climate services and forest management). Moreover, systematic efforts are devoted to promote cross-fertilisation among the five partner regions and to pursue the continentalisation of services, where appropriate.

The MESA steering structure is similar to that of AMESD:  the seven thematic Actions are implemented through Regional Implementation Centres (RICs) located in each of the above-mentioned regions.

JRC has contributed to the technical implementation of the MESA program in the same way it contributed to AMESD, with scientific and technological support, training sessions in Africa and Europe and Institutional support.

Duration: 2013 - 2017

Overall budget: 37 M€

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BIOPAMA (June 2011-July 2016) stands for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (PAs) Management in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. The objective of this project managed by the JRC and the IUCN was to enhance existing local institutions and networks by building their capacity to strengthen policy and to implement well informed decisions on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management, and access and benefit sharing. While the IUCN focused on capacity building, the JRC provided the technical and scientific assistance to set up regional observatories for the 3 regions, observatories that were largely derived from the DOPA.

Duration: June 2011 - July 2016

Overall budget: €20 millions

Partners: 3

Funding: BIOPAMA is supported by a European Development Fund from DG DevCo – Europeaid



Past projects

AMESD The African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) progran was developed as a successor of the PUMA project to address a range of environmental monitoring activities based on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data for the sustainable management of natural resources in five regions of sub-Saharan Africa that cover 48 ACP countries  (ACP: African, Carribean and Pacific Countries). The purpose of the program was to increase the information management capacity of African regional and national institutions in support of decision makers. AMESD was implemented by the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the European Union (EU). It involved five Regional Economic Commissions (ECOWAS for Western Africa, IGAD for Eastern Africa, IOC for the Indian Ocean, CEMAC for Central Africa and SADC for Southern Africa) and the ACP Secretariat  which availed the funding (€21 millions) from their European Development Fund budget and are also the direct beneficiaries of the activities. AMESD Operational monitoring services were established by Regional Implementation Centres to provide information in support to decision makers at national and regional levels in the following thematic areas (i) water resources management; (ii) crop and rangeland management; (iii) agricultural and environmental resource management; (iv) mitigation of land degradation (including forest exploitation) and conservation of natural habitats and; (v) marine and coastal management. Besides this key result, AMESD also improve  access to Earth Observation data by providing, maintaining and updating data receiving stations, training personnel, and establishing the use of environmental information in the decision making process.

JRC contributed to various aspects of the implementation of this programme and in particular through the development and provision of the eStation 1.0 and various training activities, both in Europe and in Africa.

Duration: October 2007 - July 2013


Overall budget: €21 millions

Funding: EDF 9th


Geoland2 intended to constitute a major step forward in the implementation of the GMES Land Monitoring Core Service (LMCS). The three components (Local, Continental and Global) of the LMCS were addressed.

The goal of Geoland2 was to prepare, validate and demonstrate pre-operational service chains and products that will underpin the LMCS, and (ii) to propose and demonstrate a concrete functional organisation of the LMCS.

The Geoland2 deliverables were: (i) the organisation of a production network, (ii) the building of operational processing lines, (iii), the demonstration of services and products, (iv), the support on continuity and increase of the land user platform.

The architecture of Geoland2 was made of two different layers, the Core Mapping Services (CMS) and the Core Information Services (CIS). Geoland2 gathered 50 partners from about 20 European countries. The requested EC grant was 22 M€, which corresponds to a total budget of approximately 32 M€. The largest part of the budget allocation went to the construction of the CMS. In particular JRC was responsible for and contributes to NARMA CIS (Natural Resource Monitoring in Africa), whose goal was to develop an environmental monitoring capacity over African countries, based on the eStation.

DurationSeptember 2008 - August 2012

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Overall budget: €32 millions

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