African Association of
Remote Sensing of the Environment

Primary aim

The primary aim of AARSE is to increase the awareness of African governments and their institutions, the private sector and the society at large, about the empowering and enhancing benefits of developing, applying and utilizing responsibly, the products and services of Earth Observation Systems and Geo-information Technology.


Our Objectives

 To create an enabling environment for the continent of Africa to derive benefits from, and contribute to international space science, technology and application programmes;.

To assist its members as well as national, regional and international user communities through timely dissemination of scientific, technical, policy and programme information in all aspects of space science and technology;

To provide a forum to address issues of common interest through the conduct of conferences, seminars and workshops;

To promote greater cooperation and coordination of efforts among African countries, institutions and industries in the development of space technology and its application to natural resources and environmental issues;

To promote greater appreciation of the benefit of the technology, especially, remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) in the pursuance of an African priority programme for economic recovery and sustainable development;

To exchange views and ideas on technology, systems, policy and services of earth observation systems and geo-information science which are applicable to the betterment of Africa;

To improve teaching and training in EO systems and geo-information science and to collect, evaluate and disseminate results and failures in remote sensing activities from all over the world;

To bring together experts in remote sensing, GIS and environmental problems and foster good understanding among the members;

To promote or to organize public meetings and congresses with scientific reports;

To conduct other remotely sensed and GIS activities consistent with its aims.


For effective implementation of the above objectives, AARSE may:

Hold a biennial AARSE Conference, annual workshops, symposiums and tutorials to exchange and discuss ideas related to earth observation systems and geo-information science including the usage of remotely sensed data and GIS in environmental and natural resources assessment in Africa and elsewhere;

Stimulate national societies / associations to conduct seminars/symposiums/workshops on the usage of such technology in problems related to their countries;

Initiate studies for feasibility of special tasks and projects in remotely sensed data and GIS to be implemented in the continent;

Promote multinational training programmes dealing with the technology, system maintenance, operation and services for members and associate members in cooperation and sponsorship from appropriate institutions;

Perform studies on the environment and other natural resources to generate recommendations to relevant organizations on issues related to the environment, optimal usage of the remote sensing technology, GIS and other related methodologies through study group activities within AARSE.


The company and our partnerships

The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) was founded in 1992 and was incorporated in 2008 as an international Non-Government Organization (NGO) under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act 61 of 1973.

AARSE is a partner of several dedicated international organizations such as the

  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
  • the IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
  • the European Association of remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
  • EIS-Africa and many other institutions in Africa.

AARSE is a participating organization in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and an institutional member of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association and the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE).

As a member of the UN-ECA’s Executive Working Group on Geoinformation, AARSE also participates in, and contributes to the activities of the UN-ECA Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST), sub-Committee on Geoinformation.


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