Why is it important?

Benefit from the utility of EO services in response to stakeholder requirements for water resources monitoring and management at local to basin scales.

Project highlights:

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

Provision of EO demonstrations in Africa (Sahel, Africa Horn and Zambezi), Asia (Myanmar and Lao PDR) and Latin America (Bolivia and Peru), and within water related operations of major IFI’s including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environmental Facility

Advancing the current status of the adoption, progressive transfer and mainstreaming of EO-based information services as a standard management support tool within development operations at the national and international level

Director & Component 1 Director,
Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC) &
Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project

Prof. Dr. Khin-Ni-Ni Thein

Myanmar is vulnerable to seasonal floods and water related extreme weather events, which has led to establish a National Integrated Flood Management Platform under the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC).

Our finding is that seasonal information on flood dynamics and patterns are of high importance for planning- and management purposes in Myanmar. Such information is currently not available on a large geographical- and time scale, and that is where Earth Observation really adds value.

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 water resources management.

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.

Specifically, for water resource management the EO4SD will seek to demonstrate the benefits and utility of EO services in response to stakeholder requirements for water resources monitoring and management at local to basin scales. The EO4SD project started in 2016 and will end in autumn 2019.

Some of the key water related priority areas where EO-based geo-information is needed include:

  • River basin characterization and change monitoring (e.g. hydrological network mapping, long-term climate change analysis)
  • Water supply and sanitation (e.g. monitoring of water quality, extent and level of lakes and rivers to support management for agricultural, industrial and urban water use)
  • Hydrological management (e.g. modeling and forecasts of runoff, river discharge and groundwater abstraction)
  • Water productivity (e.g. mapping of biomass production, evapotranspiration and crop type)
  • Risk management of natural hydrological hazards (e.g. mapping and forecasting of flooding, drought, landslides)
  • Industrial activity assessment (e.g. monitoring of freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, hydropower and mining)

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.