TIGER-NET is a major component of the TIGER initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA), whose main goal is the Support of the African Earth Observation Capacity for Water Resource Monitoring in close collaboration with African water authorities and experts.
TIGER-NET aims to support the satellite based assessment and monitoring of water resources from watershed to cross-border basin level delivering indispensable information for Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) through:
1. Development of an open-source Water Observation and Information System (WOIS) for monitoring, assessing and inventorying water resources in a cost-effective manner;
2. Capacity building and training of African water authorities and technical centers to fully exploit the increasing observation capacity offered by current and upcoming generations of satellites, including the ESA Sentinel’s.
The project is built upon a close collaboration with the host institutions for the specification, testing and demonstration of the WOIS. The initial key host institutions already actively involved in TIGER-NET are the Nile Basin Initiative, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Volta Basin Authority, Department of Water Affairs South Africa and the Hydrologic Division of the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and the Department of Water Affaires of the Zambian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia, International Water Management Institute, United Nations World Food programme and the Action against Hunger