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Introduction

  • André SiebritsEmail author
  • Mchasisi Gasela
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Part of the Southern Space Studies book series (SOSPST)

Abstract

Space-derived information and data have revolutionised our understanding of our planet, and our impact upon it. It has also allowed us to see how this impact relates to the series of environmentally-related critical challenges now confronting us all. For this reason, a strong focus has been placed on sustainable development in recent times, including in responses to the challenges confronting the African continent. This chapter provides an overview of these challenges in areas such as the environment, population growth and urbanisation, and security. It follows this up with a discussion of Africa’s response to these challenges in the form of Agenda 2063. The chapter concludes with an overview of supportive space applications in Africa speaking to sustainable development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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