GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop, 7/12/2017, Tunis



Addressing regional needs in North Africa by enhancing Earth Observation uptake and relevant business performances

We cordially invite you to participate in the Regional Workshop of the GEO-CRADLE Horizon2020 project ( – Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS). The event is jointly organized by the Project Coordinator National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and theProject Partner Research and Studies Telecommunications Centre (CERT). It will take place on:

December 7th, 2017

at the Hôtel El Mouradi Gammarth,

Les côtes de Carthage, La Marsa, Tunis, BP 597-2070, Carthage, Tunisia

This regional workshop will focus on identifying the potential local challenges and needs that can be addressed with the Earth Observation (EO), enabling more informed decision-making, while seeking solutions to enhance growth and innovation in the geo-information sector. Aiming to support knowledge sharing, capacity building, and an enhanced cooperation between academia and industry, the event will also provide participants with a unique cross-sector networking opportunity. In addition, panel discussions will be complemented with information on available EU funding in the EO sector. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this event and we are certain that your presence and input will greatly enrich our discussions.

For your registration please click here.

Yours sincerely,

  Dr. Haris Kontoes                                         Dr Hend Ben Hadji

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA               GEO-CRADLE Project Partner CERT


AGENDA (click to download)

Time Topic Speaker
08:00-08:45 Registration
08:45-09:00 Opening of the B2B exhibition
09:00-09:30 Welcome notes Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA

Mr. Naoufel Ben Said, CEO CERT

Session 1: GEO-CRADLE contribution to the region

Chairperson: Dr. Haris Kontoes

09:30-09:45 GEO-CRADLE project in the context of regional needs Dr. Haris Kontoes

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA

09:45-10:00 GEO-CRADLE in support to SDGs implementation in the areas of Adaptation to Climate Change, Improved Food Security & Water Extremes Management, Access to Raw Materials and Access to Energy Ms. Alexia Tsouni

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team, NOA

10:00-10:15 GEO-CRADLE in support of capacity building, stakeholder engagement, data sharing, and the Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Tunisia and the region Ms. Alexia Tsouni

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team, NOA

10:15-10:30 Q&A – Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 2: Earth Observation Technologies

and Remote Sensing Applications for Natural Resources Management and Agriculture Monitoring

Chairperson: Dr. Hend Ben Hadji

11:00-11:15 Products and services from European Space Imaging and use cases of Very High-Resolution satellite imagery in support of crop management  Mr. Arnaud Durand

European Space Imaging

11:15-11:30 The insights economy and its use cases using Planet satellite constellations  Ms. Athiye Jawad

Planet Labs Corporation

11:30-11:45 PCI Geomatics for environmental monitoring applications

A look at data pre-processing and analysis 

Mr. Stewart Wyseman

PCI Geomatics

11:45-12:00 Geospatial solutions to develop the performance of the agricultural sector  Mr. Chaher Hamzaoui

NGI Maghreb

12:00-12:15 The central role of GIS and image analysis systems for exploiting the Earth Observation data  Mr. Magdy Gaafar

Graphtech, Esri Tunisian Official Distributor

12:15-12:30 Earth Observation for agricultural monitoring and food security. Tunisian case studies  Dr. Feiza Khebour, Ph.D.

ISA / Chott-Mariem

12:30-12:45 Geospatial data and tools for natural resources management in the drylands of Tunisia   Mr. Mongi Ben Zaied, MSc.
Institute of Arid Regions (IRA)
12:45-13:00 Q&A – Discussion
13:00-14:15 Lunch Break

Session 3: Climate Change

Chairperson: Dr. Abdel Aziz Kallal

14:15-14:30 Observe past climate variability, project future climate change  Mr. Haythem Belghrissi

National Institute of Meteorology (INM)

14:30-14:45 Exploitation of Earth Observation data for monitoring the implementation of climate agreements and initiatives: OSS Experience  Mr. Nabil Ben Khatra

Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)

14:45-15:00 EO’s contribution to the climate change risk and vulnerability assessment of the agriculture sector  Mr. Amimeur Matouk

Bureau National d’Etude pour le Développement Rural (BNEDER), Algeria

15:00-15:15 Q&A – Discussion
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break

Session 4: Digital Earth of Cartography and Mapping applications

Chairperson: Mr. Hatem Guesmi

15:45-16:00 Digital soil cartography and mapping using satellite images  Dr. Zouheir Berrabah

National Mapping and Remote Sensing Center (CNCT)

16:00-16:15 Urban Disaster Resilience through Risk Assessment and Sustainable Planning (UDR-RASP)  Sonia Ayed

Municipality of Monastir

16:15-16:30 Application of remote sensing to deepen the hydrological study of a watershed (Medjerda basin case)  Ms. Lamia Khmiri

Regional Remote Sensing Center of North African States (CRTEAN)

16:30-16:45 Q&A – Discussion
16:45-17:00 Comments and conclusions for better use of EO data and applications – Best practices.  Dr. Haris Kontoes

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA