January 24, 2014 Berlin, Germany: BlackBridge, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Remote Sensing Solutions (RSS) have signed a 2-year agreement to strengthen earth observation capabilities at Ethiopian national institutions, through the develoPPP.de program, initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The purpose of this initiative is to support the implementation of a cost-effective, reliable, and transparent REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) system in the country.
This specific collaboration that BlackBridge is coordinating will:
- Enable Ethiopian stakeholders to continue establishing an MRV program.
- Build technical capacities and “training for trainers” using multitemporal satellite imagery from BlackBridge’s RapidEye system, to ensure knowledge transfer into working groups.
- Ensure a long-term sustainable cooperation beyond the project lifetime, which will result in improved protection of forest resources and better management of Ethiopia’s natural resources.
- Support GIZ and the BMZ toward their international development policies.
BlackBridge and RSS will work closely with the national REDD+ Secretariat and the Addis Ababa University in order to best support the efforts of stakeholders. After two years, the National REDD+ Secretariat will fulfill the requirements to apply for funds to roll out a monitoring campaign at a national level.
BlackBridge is focused on providing end-to-end solutions across the geospatial value chain. This includes satellite operations, ground station services, data center and geocloud solutions, and worldwide satellite imagery distribution through over 100 BlackBridge partners, combined with the creation of value-added products and services.
The partnership is partly financed within the framework of the develoPPP.de program. develoPPP.de was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect. Through the develoPPP.deprogram, BMZ provides companies investing in developing and emerging countries with financial and, if required, also professional support.
GIZ is a federal enterprise with operations around the globe. It supports the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. GIZ supports people and societies in shaping their own futures and improving their living conditions.