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Project uses drones to monitor coastal erosion in Ghana

Accra – Scientists using drones to assess a project for preventing coastal erosion in Ghana have identified a need for investing in monitoring to ensure such projects effectiveness and sustainability. Scientists from Germany and Ghana who are studying the US$90 million Keta Sea Defence project (KSDP) — completed in 2004 — in the Volta delta in Ghana say that deltas are economic hotspots that are vulnerable to climate change.

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Female Engineers Defy the Odds

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Nearly every aspect of modern life is a result of the work done by engineers; from running water to the internet, sky-scrapers to smartphone apps that people use for dating.

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Citizen science helps South Africa manage water bodies

[JOHANNESBURG] Citizen science — a model allowing non-scientists to be part of research informing policy-makers‘ decisions —  is helping South Africans manage the use and protection of water sources.

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Africa Analysis: Harmonising R&D grant administration

An initiative to harmonise research grant administration in Africa is good news, Linda Nordling writes.

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Africa Analysis: Sustaining South African science forum

Last month, scientists, policymakers and journalists from across Africa gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to attend the inaugural Science Forum South Africa (SFSA). Linda Nordling suggests ways to sustain the popularity of this first forum.

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Science organisations sign open data access accord

Cape Town – Four leading international science organisations have announced a global accord proposing principles and practices for open access to research data. The accord titled Open data in a big data world was announced last month (9 December) during Science Forum South Africa held in Pretoria.

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