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Summary Conclusions and Recommendations. Prof. Walter Erdelen IGOS Co-Chair Assistant Director-General, UNESCO. The Challenge. How to integrate environmental observation data with socio-economic information for better decision making ?. Summary.

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summary conclusions and recommendations

Summary Conclusions and Recommendations

Prof. Walter Erdelen

IGOS Co-Chair

Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

the challenge
The Challenge

How to integrate environmental observation data with socio-economic information for better decision making?

  • Today, a “fleet” of Earth observation satellites with complementary capabilities is available
    • Imaging sensors (1 meter – 1 km), radar to “penetrate” clouds, atmospheric sensors, oceanic sensors
  • In-situ data collection systems needed to complement space-provided data
  • Major efforts have been undertaken in data collection and harmonization by international organisations (WMO, IOC, UNESCO, FAO, etc.)
  • Socio-economicdata have become increasingly important for a better understanding of coupled human-natural systems
  • Major progress has been made in the understanding of Earth processes (El Niño, climate change, disaster mitigation, land degradation, desertification, etc.)
  • Growing interest in consequences of industrial transformation, land use change and mega-cities
  • Need to ensure continuity of observing systems (space and terrestrial/in-situ systems) at local, national, regional and global scales
    • Mechanisms exist today: CEOS, IGOS
    • Need to be consolidated  2 Type-2 Partnerships have been proposed at WSSD
  • Need to create equivalent observing systems for socio-economic issues at local, regional and global scales
    • Major effort needed to identify and define appropriate indicators
    • On the socio-economic side there is no equivalent mechanism to IGOS
    • WSSD offers a unique opportunity to stimulate the creation of such a mechanism
  • 3. Need to develop awareness and promote use of space technologies in support to Sustainable Development
  • 4. Need for a process to integrate environmental and socio-economic information products and develop integrated models
  • 5. WSSD offers unique opportunity to:
    • Acknowledge/re-affirm high importance of Earth observation from space and in situ SD (role of CEOS-IGOS to be re-enforced)
    • Stimulate cooperation between government and private sector in data collection and production of information for decision makers
    • Assist developing countries, which lack resources to deal with consequences of environmental and socio-economic changes  need for transfer of knowledge, technology and resources