GAF AG at COP27 – in the Corridors

GAF AG, who leads the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Earth Observation for Sustainable Development – Forest Monitoring (EO4SD FM), was present at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conference of Parties COP 27 held at Sharm el Sheikh in November 2022.

The two GAF representatives, Dr. Sharon Gomez, Unit Head for Sustainable Development & Climate Hub and her colleague Fabian Enßle give a brief overview.

Change in leadership at GAF AG – Dr Gernot Ramminger named new Managing Director

Dr Gernot Ramminger, previously Chief Technical Officer, is taking over as Managing Director of GAF AG, a part of the e-GEOS/Telespazio corporate group. GAF has been a global leader in the fields of earth observation, geodata, services and consulting since 1985. Dr Ramminger has held senior positions at GAF for many years and takes over from Dr Sebastian Carl, who held the position as Managing Director since 2018.

ESA and GAF AG continue offering free-of-charge access to DSMs, high-resolution and medium-resolution data via the Third Party Mission Scheme

ESA and GAF AG will continue to provide free-of-charge access to Digital Surface Models (DSMs), high-resolution (HR) and medium-resolution (MR) data for scientific users. In September 2022 they extended their agreement under ESA’s Third-Party Missions (TPM) programme regarding the provision of IRS data and DSMs until the end of 2024 or until full consumption of the budget, whichever occurs first.

30 years of agricultural remote sensing controls with GAF AG: the end of an era and the beginning of a new one

GAF AG has been involved in designing, implementing and shaping the remote sensing-based control of subsidy applications submitted under the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 30 years. This delegation of public tasks to the earth observation sector, which is unique in its scope of application, is now being replaced by a fully comprehensive, automated monitoring system, called AMS. For the operational implementation of this new control concept, GAF is again involved in the technological and methodical development, with for example AI and cloud solutions, right from the very start.

Tajik trainees complete remote sensing training course at GAF

4-Week GAF training course successfully completed

GAF AG has successfully provided a training course on Remote Sensing and GIS as part of the GIZ-funded project "Technology-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas (TCCA-RA) of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan". Three experts from the Design and Research Institute (FAZO) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan were trained from 16 June to 15 July 2022 at GAF’s headquarters in Munich as well as at the branch office in Neustrelitz. During this training course, the participants were introduced to operational production processes and projects that GAF is implementing in connection with climate-related mitigation and adaptation measures in various sectors.

GAF receives the EARSC Product Award 2022 for AgroSoil

GAF is proud to have won the prestigious EARSC Product Award 2022 for its new soil moisture product AgroSoil at the EXPANDEO and FIRE Forum in Brussels

This year, the EXPANDEO and FIRE Forum joint event took place on 14 and 15 June 2022 at the International Auditorium in Brussels and online. The event offered high-class networking of the EO-Community. Our participants Peter Navratil, GAF Project Manager Agricultural Information Systems, and Stefan Saradeth, our GAF Commercial Coordinator were looking forward to the EARSC Awards 2022 ceremony at the evening of 14 June, because GAF had been one of the three nominees for the EARSC Product Award 2022.

Satellite data help to detect artisanal mining - GAF AG develops the “ASM Alert” web platform

GAF has developed and implemented an easy-to-use web-based system to recognise indications of unlicenced artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in tropical forests - the “ASM Alert” platform. The platform combines free and publicly available satellite data – in particular European Copernicus Sentinel imagery - with a number of other geodata layers and machine-learning for the analysis. The platform then enables the ordering of commercial, very-high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery for the identified target areas. The implementation project is being conducted by GAF, Germany, together with the partner IES, Netherlands, and is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). ASM Alert can be accessed at:

GAF AG nommé chef de projet pour le Programme de Modernisation de la Gestion Foncière – PROMOGEF au Sénégal

Un consortium dirigé par GAF AG mettra en œuvre le "Programme de Modernisation de la Gestion Foncière" (PROMOGEF), programme du gouvernement sénégalais et du ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement (BMZ), financé par la banque de développement KfW. Le programme soutient la mise en place d'une gestion des droits fonciers décentralisée, efficace, transparente et responsable, dont la première phase devrait s'achever en 2025.

Le "Programme de Modernisation de la Gestion Foncière" (PROMOGEF) a été lancé avec succès en décembre 2021 pour une durée de quatre ans.

GAF AG appointed project lead for the Land Rights Administration Modernisation Programme - PROMOGEF in Senegal

A consortium under the lead of GAF AG will implement the “Programme de Modernisation de la Gestion Foncière” (PROMOGEF), the Land Rights Administration Modernisation Programme of the Senegalese Government and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), funded via the KfW Development Bank. The programme supports the provision of a decentralised, efficient, transparent and accountable land rights administration, with the first phase scheduled for completion by 2025.