GI­RAF 2015 Work­shop

It is our pleasure to announce that the 4th GIRAF 2015 Workshop will be held in Maputo (Mozambique) from 6 to 9 October 2015. The workshop is being organized in joint cooperation with the GIRAF groups of Mozambique (Eduardo Mondlane University and National Directorate of Geology, Maputo) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany. Funding is provided by the “Extractives and Development Program” by the German Government (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - BMZ).
The main goal of GIRAF network is to provide a platform for discussion, experience sharing and learning event for practitioners and users of GeoScientific information.
Special topics of the GIRAF 2015 Workshop are

  • Geoscience information, geoinformatics and maps
  • Sustainable mining;
  • Artesanal and small scale mining management;
  • Groundwater;
  • Environmental issues;
  • GIS, remote sensing and geoscientific data management;
  • The future of GIRAF – Transfer of the coordination and management to African GIRAF members.

GIRAF: Geoscience InfoRmation AFrica

The pan-African network GIRAF (GeoInformation in Africa) is evolving since 2006. Three main workshops were held in 2009 (Windhoek, Namibia), in 2011 (Daressalam, Tanzania), in 2013 (Accra, Ghana).
Objectives of GIRAF activities are the provision, dissemination and use of geoscience information and geodata in Africa through a sound geodata-management supporting sustainable development in the fields of

  • Mineral planning and mining;
  • Artisanal mining (environmental impact studies, legalising, health aspects, socially acceptable living conditions in mining housing estates, etc.);
  • Securing and protection of water resources;
  • Soil protection.

About 380 members are registered coming from more than 30 African countries, but also from Asia, Australia and Europe, 15 GIRAF ambassadors are active in their countries of origin.