GEO-CRADLE partners at GEO-XIII Plenary & Exhibition, 7-10/11/2016, St. Petersburg

GEO-XIII Plenary and Exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 7-10 November 2016

GEO-CRADLE participated in the GEO-XIII Plenary and Exhibition 2016 a top event where GEO-CRADLE partners met in order to explore new opportunities for regional networking and contributions towards the implementation of GEO’s and Copernicus’ objectives.

Dr. Haris Kontoes was invited and gave two presentations at the 1st Data Providers Workshop entitled: “Fostering regional cooperation and roadmap for GEO and Copernicus implementation in N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. The Regional Data Hub” and at the side event “Towards open Earth Observation data policies. Challenges in Implementing Data Sharing Principles” entitled: “The challenge to identify regional datasets to be linked to the GEO-CRADLE Regional Data Hub“.

As Barbara J. Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director, stated “Over the last decade, the GEO Community has increased its engagement in GEO, and strengthened the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) through the provision of space-based, atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial observations of the Earth. GEO supports informed decision-making through coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations, information and services. Moreover, GEO Initiatives support global, regional and national development programmes, as well as disaster risk reduction, protection of biodiversity and efforts to mitigate climate change. The GEO-XIII Plenary in St. Petersburg will highlight global collaboration in each of these areas, and showcase GEO’s important role in supporting communities in their efforts to help measure and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Global Agenda.”

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