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, the Zambezi Watercourse Commission and the Action against Hunger


02.10.2014 WOIS promotion at the World Bank Headquaters in Washington
In an effort to promote the support for further implementation of the Water Observation and Information System (WOIS) in Africa, Christian Hoffmann, Managing Director of GeoVille Group, hostet a BBL knowledge sharing seminar at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. on September 30th, 2014. Among the 53 participants were high level water experts from the World Bank, European Space Agency (ESA), and NASA as well as external viewers via remote access.
22.09.2014 Public Release of the Water Observation and Information System WOIS
The TIGER-NET initiative is pleased to ANNOUNCE THE first PUBLIC RELEASE OF THE WOIS which can be downloaded after registration here. The WOIS provides a significant capacity to produce a comprehensive suite of water related information products based on a variety of satellite input sources. The recent publication in the Special Remote Sensing Issue on Earth Observation for Water Resource Management in Africa provides the scientific background and in depth insights of the various processing chains.