Why is it important?

In 2017, the global indicator framework (232 indicators) for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations, with the aim of monitoring progress, inform policies and ensure accountability.

However, data collection and information management processes are burdensome and many countries are challenged by fulfilling the required monitoring and reporting for the SDG framework.

The potential of Earth Observation techniques to address some of these issues are clear, but undersold, and the EO for SDG-project aims to maximize the contribution of EO data to the SDG agenda by producing targeted high-quality indicator monitoring guidelines and effective outreach material, and by showcasing the usability of EO data in country demonstrations studies in dialogue with UN stakeholders.

Project highlights:

Exploiting technology improvements of Earth Observation data and services to underpin the monitoring and reporting framework of the SDG’s

Supporting national stakeholders in applying EO based techniques to support, and extend, existing monitoring and reporting capabilities and promote the benefits of integrating EO in the SDG monitoring framework

Increasing uptake and awareness of EO services in support of the SDG’s to inform decision-makers about the added value and benefits of EO-based monitoring and reporting minimum impact

In more detail..

The Earth Observation for the DHI (Denmark), GeoVille (Austria) and the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC, UK). The project commenced in the 1st quarter of 2018 and is expected to run for 18 months.

To increase the contribution and impact of EO data on the SDG agenda the project will deliver a range of outputs, including:

  • A full review of potential EO contributions for each indicator in the SDG monitoring framework
  • A proposed amendment of the monitoring guidelines for each indicator where EO is expected to provide a major contribution
  • Country demonstrations in Uganda, in collaboration with relevant government institutions, applying the amended guidelines for the SDG indicators on Land Degradation (15.3.1) and Water Use Efficiency (6.4.1)

European Space Agency:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is the European space programme and its mission is to explore Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe.

ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.

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