GEO welcomes 8 new Participating Organizations

News / 11 April 2018

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has approved 8 new Participating Organizations - bringing the new total to 126. These organizations contribute to the work of GEO’s 105 Member governments to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society.

At last month’s GEO Executive Committee meeting in Geneva, representatives of the 16 governments making up this governance body approved the applications of the new Participating Organizations, which include:

    1. African Climate Change Research Centre (ACCREC)
    2. Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)
    3. Afriterra Foundation
    4. Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
    5. Environment Pulse Institute (EPI)
    6. IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
    7. Radiant Earth
    8. Resources for the Future (RFF)

These organizations are leading the way in many of GEO’s priority engagement areas, including in the development of new technology contributing to international policy mandates such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - all areas where Earth observations provide insight and inform research, policy and decision making.

“Resources for the Future [RFF] recognizes the enormous power that information about the Earth’s natural systems has to inform decisions that affect our daily lives,” said Ann Bartuska, RFF’s Vice President of Land, Water, and Nature. “We are looking forward to joining the GEO community and using our expertise to illuminate the real benefits that satellite observations provide to society.”

“Many organizations support GEO’s mission and vision without becoming Participating Organizations”, explained GEO’s head of external relations Steven Ramage, “But those that choose to formalise their relationship with GEO benefit from enhanced participation in an active network of industry-leading actors.”

“Radiant.Earth is thrilled to be a Participating Organization with GEO,” said Anne Hale Miglarese, Radiant.Earth Founder and CEO, “Our mission is to make open Earth imagery easily accessible and consumable, as well as expand the user base of geospatial data and tools in support of global challenges. Collaborating with GEO’s member institutions is essential to enhance cooperation and create synergies across sectors and domains. Collectively, member institutions can drive innovation in Earth observation analysis for improved decision-making,”

GEO welcomes everyone to contribute to their work, including new Member Governments, Participating Organizations, private sector partners, researchers, data providers and users.

Learn more at www.earthobservations.org, or contact secretariat@geosec.org.



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