The Zansea Conference

10-12 May 2017 - Zanzibar Register


How Geospatial technology can support Sustainable Coastal Zone Management

Capacity building, Education, Technology & Innovation

This conference is a unique opportunity to get up to date with the latest developments in geospatial technologies and applications, to get practical knowledge on how they can be integrated within your projects ... and to network actively with the very active East African Geospatial community.

Based on the experience of ZANSEA and associated projects, the conference will also discuss ideas that could form the basis of a follow-up project. This conference will be a showcase of the main achievements of the ZANSEA project, discuss how different products and outcomes generated have been/could be used. We will invite participants to discuss how new technology and innovation within the geospatial area including UAV’s/drones can be a game changer in Research and Education for Coastal Zone Management, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change applications.


1 Day UAV/Drone training - 9th of MAY

From UAV/Drone to Map Training:
1 day of intensive training on the use of UAV’s/drones.
Flight planning, Data Processing, Map Creation in QGIS, Creation of 3D Buildings, Using FPV.
Number of places limited, please Contact us quickly to get details on program, participation and fees.

Build your own UAV/drone

1 day to build your drone !!


10 – 11 – 12 of May 2017

Day 1 (10/05)

  • • Opening and welcoming
  • • The ZANSEA experience (Geonode Plattform, Oil spill sensitivity Atlas, Capacity Building)
  • • The ZANZIBAR ZMI project
  • • Regional context : ISLANDS, SWIO-RAFI, Ramani Huria, ...

Day 2 (11/05)

    One day on SUZA campus, Including sessions on :
  • • UAS/Drone technology in practical terms.
  • • Mobilizing/empowering local communities by access to new technology and local data
  • • Recent trends in geospatial technology (Marine Underwater “drones”, UAV, SDI, RemoteSensing, etc ...).
  • • UAV’s/Drone technologies and Education/Innovation
  • • Geospatial technologies for : DRR, Climate Change, Oil&GAS
  • • UAV’s for Environmental stories

  • Conference Dinner

Day 3 (12/05)

  • • Morning session
  • • Keynote speakers on selected topics
  • • Discussions and Recommendations.
  • • Closing Ceremony

  • Lunch-Networking

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How Geospatial technology can support
Sustainable Coastal Zone Management

During the 3 last year, the ZANSEA project funded by Statoil ASA, has provided substantial training in Geographic Information/Geospatial Systems to the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and more than ten Zanzibar institutions. The main objectives of the project has been to build local capacity in Management of Environmental and Social Data amongst the relevant institutions to support improved Coastal Zone Management and develop SUZA to become a regional geospatial centre.

As part of its achievements the ZANSEA project has developed important infrastructure a a GIS Lab , a Spatial Data Infrastructure based on the open-source solution GEONODE, a platform for sharing data and knowledge between partners, produced a Sensitivity Atlas for the Coastal Zone and has as well developed substantial personnel competence at SUZA and the cooperating institutions.

This geospatial platform being developed at SUZA through the ZANSEA project has enabled the university to become part of a World Bank funded project called Zanzibar Mapping Initiative (ZMI), the largest mapping project in the world using Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) or so called drones. This UAV/drone mapping project has raised a lot of interest in Zanzibar and in the region. In addition there is currently being developed “underwater drones” or Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) that will introduce new technology and methods for the marine zone as well.

Watch Zansea Students in action


Professor Idris A. Rai



Dr Haji Mwevura

DVC, SUZA, Chair Person


Gina Bonne

Application of Earth Observation in the Island States of the Indian Ocean


Dr Kate Chandler

Associate Professor, Georgetown University


Khadija Abdulla Ali

DRONE OPERATOR and Computer Science Student, SUZA



UNEP NAIROBI Convention Executive Secretary


Dr Julius Francis

WIOMSA Executive secretariat


Dr Aboud Jumbe

Department of Environment


Edward Anderson

WorldBank, Senior Technology & Innovation specialist


Kiwako Sakamoto

Data Scientist at Development Research Group, World Bank


Dr Makame

Climate Change Expert, SUZA


Sigurd Juel Kinn,

Environmental Expert, Statoil


Yves Barthélemy

Geospatial Expert, OBSCOM


Martha Kamuzora

Environmental Expert, Statoil



Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction, UNEP


David Rovira



Msilikale Msilanga



Lorna Slade

Mwambao - Executive Director





Niloufar BAYANI

Project Advisor, UNEP PCDMB



Geospatial Senior Expert, VisioTerra


Mohamed ZAHRAN

Manager, Zanzibar Land Data Processing Centre, Commission for Lands, Zanzibar


Ragnvald LARSEN

Norwegian Environmental Agency


Toril Karlberg Dyreng

Exploration Manager Tanzania, Myanmar and Mozambique Assets


Johnny Miller

Code For Africa News Fellow

Founder, Unequal Scenes Project


Deogratias Evarist Minja

Geospatial Consultant, World Bank


Christian Onyando

Founder and CEO of MicroDrone Africa


Pierre-André Le Ny

Geonode Expert, OBSCOM



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