Leveraging EO services to help countries monitoring SDGs

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03 Dec 2020 16:00 - 16:45
European Association of Remote Sensing Companies

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a universal development agenda for all countries and stakeholders to use as a blueprint of actions for social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic development. The agenda is driven by seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), associated Targets, and a Global Indicator Framework. Collectively, these elements enable countries and the global community to measure, manage, and monitor progress on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The European Earth Observation (EO) private sector can help achieve the SDGs by providing critical information on agricultural and rural development, water resource management, climate resilience, forest management, disaster risk reduction, coastal management, energy and extractives, urban development, and many other sectors.

The EO value added industry can play an insightful role in supporting countries defining their targets, planning their interventions, monitoring progress and reporting to the Global Indicator Framework, which will collectively contribute toward achieving the SDGs.

Benefits for countries includes, among others:

  • upgrading efficiency and effectiveness of public services,
  • evaluating impacts across sectors and regions,
  • monitoring change over time in a consistent and standardized manner,
  • increasing transparency, improve accountability,
  • facilitating better information-sharing within government,
  • improving the cycle stages (plan, do, check, act, review).

If you want to know more about how Earth Observation contributes to the monitoring and reporting of the SDGs, please join us during our next EOcafe on 3rd of December 2020 at 16:00-17:00 (CET).

In this EOcafe we will discuss all together the following:

  • How can the EO private sector be engaged in the 2030 agenda on sustainable development and encouraged to customize their services to support the realisation of the SDGs?
  • How can existing EO operational services be leveraged to create sustainable solutions for countries and local communities?
  • How do can the EO services be made sustainable up to 2030 and beyond?
  • What are the most effective ways to encourage industry contribution to support on the monitoring and reporting of the SDGs?
  • How can EO industry engage more effectively with custodian agencies?

Our host, Geoff SAWYER, EARSC’s Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General will exchange with three special guests:

  • International perspective: Greg Scott, Inter-Regional Advisor on Global Geospatial Information Management in the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
  • European perspective: Marc Paganini, Technical Officer in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA)
  • National perspective: Kevin McCormack, Senior Statistician, Central Statistics Office, Ireland

Registration: This webinar is open to ALL but priority will be given to EARSC members. Registration is free but compulsory. Please click on the following link to register by the 3rd of December at 11:00 (CET).

EOcafe Registration

Please note this is a virtual event! The details will be sent on Thursday 3rd of December by noon.

EOcafe is part of a series of EARSC meetings that offer timely, relevant, and practical information on a broad variety of topics related to the EO sector. Join us every two weeks to discuss and network while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.

• The use of a video camera is not mandatory but encouraged to facilitate better interaction among the attendees and the guest speaker(s).
• The EOcafe will stay open after 16:45 in case our guests want to continue the discussion.

If you have any questions or you want to know more about the EOcafes please contact Natassa (Natassa.antoniou@earsc.org).