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Commercial sector products and services based on Earth observations provide important public and private benefits, foster scientific and technological innovation and spur economic development.

GEO welcomes mutually-beneficial engagement from commercial sector organizations in support of its mission and vision. In turn, GEO provides them with the opportunity to connect with and learn from its expansive Earth observation expert and user communities, including scientific and technical experts from universities, government agencies, research institutions and international organizations. In return for helping to build the open resources and services used by the GEO community, engaged commercial sector organizations gain knowledge and experience that can guide the development of their business.

Avenues of engagement include participation in and sponsorship of GEO events, contributions to the GEO Work Programme and providing open data or free software and services to the GEO community.

Terms of collaboration between the commercial sector and GEO are set out in Annex C, Rules of Engagement with the Commercial Sector in the GEO Rules of Procedure.