Ferruginous hard ground in the Maastrichtian sandstone of Cap Rouge (Senegal, 2008). © BRGM - Jack Roger

PanAfGeo programme: 231 African geologists trained in 2017

03.15.2018
PanAfGeo, a 3-year pan-African programme of unprecedented scale and ambition, was launched in 2017 to train 1200 geologists from 54 African countries. The first results are highly encouraging.

A course on the geological heritage co-supervised by IGME (Spain), the BRGM and the Moroccan ministry for mines and geology (Mgoun Geopark, Aït Bouali valley, High Atlas, Morocco). © BRGM - Nicolas Charles

A course on the geological heritage co-supervised by IGME (Spain), the BRGM and the Moroccan ministry for mines and geology (Mgoun Geopark, Aït Bouali valley, High Atlas, Morocco). © BRGM - Nicolas Charles

PanAfGeo is a €10.3 million training programme for African geological survey personnel, coordinated by the BRGM and co-funded by the European Union and a consortium of twelve European geological survey organisations (BRGM, CzGS, EGS, GeoZS, GEUS, GTK, IGME, ISPRA, LGT, LNEG, PGI, SGU).

Developed through close collaboration between EuroGeoSurveys, the umbrella organisation for European geological surveys, and its African counterpart, OAGS, PanAfGeo is an international cooperation programme between the EU and the African Union.

231 geologists already trained for 32 geological survey organisations in Africa

The first review of the PanAfGeo programme is very encouraging. With project governance implemented and the first training sessions organised during the first semester 2017, activities in the second semester covered:

  • the official launch of the programme in Windhoek, Namibia, on 11 and 12 May 2017,
  • the organisation of 10 training sessions (8 in English and 2 in French) in 9 host countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania) covering all the geoscientific competences offered (geological mapping, mineral resources, natural risks, geological heritage, information systems),
  • training for 231 geologists working for 32 geological survey organisations in Africa

Number of geologists trained per country in 2017. © BRGM

 

Number of geologists trained per country in 2017. © BRGM

Some thirty BRGM staff are working for PanAfGeo to coordinate the project and supervise courses.

PanAfGeo is contributing to cooperation between European geological surveys and their African counterparts for whom the programme is designed and whose feedback on the courses organised to date is extremely positive.

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