New Report Illustrates How EO Supports Sustainable Development.

9 March 2017

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GEO convenes effective partnerships for societal benefit through use of free and open Earth observation (EO) data. The GEO Initiative ‘Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda’, together with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) have issued a new report to highlight case studies of how EO responds to sustainable development, whether for health, disaster risk reduction or environmental protection.

GEO’s monthly global agricultural monitors enhance the community's capacity to produce and disseminate timely, accurate, reliable and actionable information on food production by improving the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and weather forecasting. This information corresponds to the requirement of SDG Target 2.C, supporting Goal 2, Zero Hunger.

GEO’s water community projects highlighted in the brochure include the Algal Bloom Early Warning Alert System, to support Indicator 6.3.2, Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality; the Flood Prediction System Using the Global Satellite Map of Precipitation, to support Indicator 6.5.1, Degree of integrated water resources management implementation; and in partnership with Ramsar, a multilateral environmental agreement, the Global Mangrove Watch, supporting Indicator 6.6.1, Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time.

Mangrove change map
Mangrove change map

Earth observation capabilities to map urban growth, in partnership with the World Bank Group and city authorities, are highlighted in the brochure in support of Indicator 11.3.1, Ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate. Until recently, the geometric resolution of global EO products was limited, but with high spatial resolution images available globally at no cost with long term continuity, the emphasis is now focused on refining methods for a  more accurate picture of how our cities are growing.

EO support to health through air quality assessment is detailed in the brochure, as is EO support to environmental management in oceans and on land. By showing the location of protected areas and comparing that with the location of flora and fauna, life below water (Goal 14 and life on land (Goal 15) can be managed sustainably.

The Group on Earth Observations is instrumental in integrating use of Earth observation data into the methodology of measuring and achieving Sustainable Development Goal Indicators. This brochure gives graphic illustration of the types of EO data sets and images available which means decision makers can not only use data to identify the status they need to report, they can visualize the solution, too.



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