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FP7 BalkanGEONet : Scenario Development , Roadmap and Recommendations. Vassilis Tsagaris 1 , Vesna Crnojevi ć -Bengin 2 1 IRIDA Labs Ltd, Greece 2 Univeristy of Novi Sad , Serbia. Balkan GEO Network Towards Inclusion of Balkan Countries into Global Earth Observation Initiatives.

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fp7 balkangeonet scenario development roadmap and recommendations

FP7 BalkanGEONet:Scenario Development, Roadmap and Recommendations

VassilisTsagaris1, Vesna Crnojević-Bengin2

1IRIDA Labs Ltd, Greece

2Univeristy of Novi Sad, Serbia

balkan geo network towards inclusion of balkan countries into global earth observation initiatives
Balkan GEO NetworkTowards Inclusion of Balkan Countries into Global Earth Observation Initiatives
  • Coordination and Support Action
  • FP7-ENV-2010 4.1.4
  • November 2010 – October 2013
  • 16 partners from 13 countries
b gn project partners
B.GN Project Partners

BioSense-UNS, Serbia (Coordinator)

EAA, Austria

UGent, Belgium

IIASA, Austria

GET, Hungary

PSAWF, Serbia

JR, Austria

ROSA, Romania

JSI, Slovenia

NIGGG, Bulgaria

UoS, Croatia

UNSA, Bosnia and Herzegovina

UoM, Montenegro

BFSD, FYR of Macedonia

UPT, Albania

IRIDA, Greece

b gn activities
B.GN Activities

EO activities(projects, programmes, initiatives…)


(government, SMEs, scientific community)

main goals
Main Goals
  • To derive scenarios of participation of various Balkan countries in the global EO activities
  • To assess their potential future contribution to EO
  • In addition:
    • To derive scenarios of participation in ESA, EUMETSAT, etc.
    • To perform SWOT analysis
    • To present case studies and identify best practices
swot analysis
SWOT Analysis
  • Performed per country and across the Balkans as a whole
    • S&W regarding the capabilities, participation to EO initiatives, etc.
    • O&T for further EO involvement
  • Existing national datasets
  • Participation to research programs
  • National remote sensing data distribution centers (Y/N)
  • Organizations (public, private) providing various spatial datasets and services
  • Level of interoperability / coordination among institutions
  • Increase of investment into EO-related activities
  • National budget allocation to EO programs
  • Educational programs and trainings
additional indicators
Additional Indicators
  • Institutional and public awareness on benefits of EO
  • Funding initiatives
  • Use of EO data/applications in environmental decisions and/or political coordination
  • Cost of data (Freely available data)
  • Infrastructure of spatial data products
  • Compatibility with EU standards (Laws and regulations)
  • Implementation of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
  • Processing capability of various EO data
  • Level of conformation with the INSPIRE directive
indicator analysis
Indicator Analysis
  • Indicators grouped in three major thematic categories to provide information about the current level of integration and the future potential.
participation to eo initiatives1
Participation to EO Initiatives

GEO member countries

Non - GEO member countries

swot analysis per country
SWOT Analysis Per Country

SWOT for Greece (example):

current situation in each country
Current Situation in Each Country

GEO countries

Non GEO countries

BULGARIA, MONTENEGRO: Increase of investment in EO field

ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO: Allocation of EO dedicated funds

BiH: Opportunities arise through IPA funds

BiH,FYROM: No compliance with INSPIRE

MONTENEGRO: Only non-GEO country that participates in the INSPIRE directive

BULGARIA: Large involvement in EO projects

  • GREECE: Increase of investment in EO field
  • CROATIA: Allocation of funds dedicated to EO
  • SERBIA: Opportunities arise through IPA fundsNo compliance with INSPIRE
  • GREECE, SERBIA, SLOVENIA: Stronger countries in EO field.

Becoming more aware on benefits of EO applications.

  • ALL: Large involvement in EO projects.

Identified Challenges in GEO Balkan Countries

  • Lack of a defined national EO policy.
  • Weak interoperability among the organizations involved in EO related activities.
  • Low institutional and/or public awareness about Earth Observation activities.

Identified Challenges in Non-GEO Balkan Countries

  • Lack of a defined national EO policy.
  • Lack or limited amount of national funding allocation.
  • Lack of increase of investment into EO related activities.
  • Poor or zero level of conformation with INSPIRE Directive.
  • Lack of permanent educational programs.
  • Low institutional and/or public awareness about EO activities.
  • Very poor coordination between the organization.
  • Lower number of EO related projects wrt. GEO countries.
example 1 scenario development for serbia
Example 1: Scenario Development for Serbia
  • Strong tradition in in-situ monitoring & expertise in geodetic data collection
  • Could play a key role in the region and provide best practice to others, if empowered in:

Short term (1-2 years)

Mid-term (5 years)

Full integration to EU

Become a regional pole

Transfer of expertise and knowledge

  • National level:
    • Define a cooperation model for share and use of EO data
    • Vertical communication among institutions
  • Participation to EO initiatives:
    • Membership to ESA
    • Follow INSPIRE directive

Example 2: Scenario Development for Greece

  • Has the capacity to become a regional leader in EO, if empowered in:

Short term (1-2 years)

Mid-term (5 years)

Increase participation to ESA, enlarge private sector

  • National level:
    • Capitalize existing knowledge
    • Determine national strategy towards EO
  • Take advantage of participation to initiatives:
    • GMES – acquire Sentinels data
recommendations for geo countries
Recommendations for GEO Countries
  • Increase exploitation of the existing infrastructure:
    • Take advantage of the new Sentinel missions in 2013,
    • Exploit the human potential.
  • Create guidelines for a more targeted EO national policy:
    • Define national goals towards EO,
    • Dedicate specific funds.
  • Fully integrate in global and European initiatives:
    • Full membership in EU,
    • Full membership in ESA.
  • Improve networking among organizations in a country.
recommendations for non geo countries
Recommendations for Non-GEO Countries
  • Join EU and global EO initiatives:
    • GEO, GEOSS and GMES.
  • Participate in INSPIRE directive.
  • Define EO national policy:
    • Further implement National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI),
    • Define priorities and budget.
  • Enhance educational EO programs and trainings:
    • Integrate EO related courses in curricula,
    • Organize EO life-long-learning programs for professionals.
following recommendations
Following Recommendations…

Contact: wree@unist.hr

general conclusions
General Conclusions
  • BalkanGEONet results provide a good insight into the region.
  • BalkanGEONet methodology for development of scenario and recommendations:
    • Universally applicable,
    • Applicable on various scales,
    • Modifiable through selection of additional indicators.
  • Life-long-learning programs in EO very much needed!
thank you

Thank you!

Vassilis Tsagaris



Vesna Crnojević-Bengin