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Legal barriers to using geospatial information in Africa

The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (the “Centre”) will host a virtual table-top exercise on behalf of Digital Earth Africa on Thursday 11 June. The exercise will discuss the legal and licensing challenges organizations face in acquiring and using earth observation and other types of geospatial information, with a focus on addressing the impact that COVID-19 will have on food security and other critical issues on the African continent. The organizers, working with partners such as Singapore Land Authority, the Secure World Foundation and  the UN-GGIM Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks for Geospatial Information Management have developed a use case to address critical issues associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. Participants will include both technical and operational experts as well as lawyers from across the remote sensing and geospatial communities. The goal will be to have a multi-disciplinary discussion on the legal and policy challenges associated with using, sharing storing geospatial information in Africa.

About Mr. Kevin Promfret

Mr. Kevin Pomfret is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, He is recognized as a leader on the legal and policy issues associated with geospatial information management. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the UN-GGIM Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks for Geospatial Information Management . He is an adjunct professor on Geospatial Law and Ethics at Johns Hopkins University and has conducted training and workshops on geospatial legal and policy issues in Asia and the Middle East. He is also corporate partner at the Williams Mullen law firm where he co-chairs the firm’s Unmanned Systems practice group. Mr. Pomfret began his career as a satellite imagery analyst with the National Photographic Interpretation Center where he worked on developing collection strategies and new collection systems.