Why is it important?

Enhances awareness and uptake of EO-based geo-information to support worldwide agricultural monitoring and management tasks. Providing insights in agriculture and rural development all around the world.

Project highlights:

Increase awareness and uptake of information derived from satellite imagery in regular development operations at national and international level

Provide capacity training to project teams in client states for remote sensing and GIS

Deliver EO-derived information to project teams supporting sustainable land management

IAP Food Security Ethiopia Project Manager ,
UNDP Ethiopia

Dr. Tesfaye Haile Dargie

Our cooperation with DHI GRAS on the development of low-cost monitoring systems, based on the application of open source GIS software and freely available optical and radar satellite images has exceeded our expectations.

DHI GRAS has with great skill and user-friendliness delivered a hands-on approach to using freely available data and technology to carry out participatory forest monitoring in large tropical forest areas. The combination of desk analyses and field verification creates a powerful and efficient tool, which has been an invaluable input to our own organisation as well as our partners in Latin America.

In more detail..
Satellite Earth Observation (EO) technology has a tremendous potential to inform and facilitate international development work.

EO4SD — Earth Observation for Sustainable Development — is an ESA initiative to support the uptake of EO-derived information in sustainable development, and with a focus on top-priority thematic areas including agriculture and rural development.

Since 2008, the European Space Agency (ESA) has worked together with International Financing Institutions (IFIs) and their client states to harness the benefits of EO in their operations and resources management.

DHI GRAS contributes to EO4SD with indicators for the monitoring of sustainable land management interventions in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Morocco. The EO4SD project started in 2016 and will end in autumn 2019.

The project aims to demonstrate that the effectiveness of the MDB’s technical assistance interventions and financial investments in agriculture sector can be measurably enhanced by using EO-derived information to support:

  • Large-scale crop area and type estimate (i.e. crop cover mapping and status assessment)
  • Irrigation and irrigation systems management (i.e. energy balance, water productivity and water stress)
  • Agriculture productivity assessment (i.e. yield estimation, ground water, precipitation monitoring)
  • Rural infrastructure investments planning and monitoring (i.e. households and transport networks mapping)
  • Land Degradation Assessment (i.e. land use, rainfall, soil moisture, precipitation, FAPAR, NDVI indicators)
  • Ecosystem services assessment (i.e. water quality assessment, nitrogen content, land surface properties)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (i.e. landscape level classification and change mapping including fragmentation, and agriculture commodities production impact on deforestation)

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development:

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD)– is an ESA initiative which aims to achieve a step increase in the uptake of satellite-based environmental information in the IFIs regional and global programs.

It will follow a systematic, user-driven approach in order to meet longer-term, strategic geospatial information needs in the individual developing countries, as well as international and regional development organizations.

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