GEO-Net-Cab Project Meetings at ITC
18 - 22 January 2010
18 - 19 January: Kick-off meeting of the EU FP7 GEO-Net-Cab project
The purpose of the GEO Network for Capacity Building (GEO-Net-CaB) project is to create the conditions for the improvement and increase of the GEO capacity building activities and framework, with special emphasis on developing countries, new EU member states (and EU neighbouring states) and climate monitoring and will serve the bigger goal of improved effectiveness and efficiency of GEO capacity building for application in the GEO societal benefit areas. Coinciding with this purpose, successful brokerage with (potential) clients for earth observation products and services will be facilitated.
The project will deliver the following output:
- Capacity building needs in earth observation are identified (at a generic and global level, but with emphasis on the target regions).
- Specifications for earth observation capacity buildings are described.
- Resource providers are identified.
- Sustainable brokerage between stakeholders (including resource providers) is established.
- A mechanism to facilitate cooperation between stakeholders and providers is established.
- A global base of technical expertise for education and training in earth observation is established (with emphasis on developing countries, new EU member states and climate monitoring).
- Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for determining the efficacy of GEO capacity building efforts are established.
To achieve maximum impact demonstration projects will be carried out in Southern Africa, the French-speaking African region, Czechia and Poland, with spin-offs to EU neighbouring countries and Latin America and Asia. The project (with a duration of three years) will be carried out by a strong consortium of partners from the Netherlands, France, South Africa, Morocco, Czechia and Poland, supervised by an advisory board with worldwide representation and strong connections to GEO.
20 January: Joint meeting of the GEO Capacity Building Committee together with the Advisory Board of the EU FP7 GEO-Net-Cab project and consortium members
21 and 22 January: 11th regular meeting of the GEO Capacity Building Committee
This meeting, organised by the GEO secretariat is hosted by ITC
What are GEO and GEOSS?
The Group on Earth Observations (or GEO) is coordinating international efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). This emerging public infrastructure is interconnecting a diverse and growing array of instruments and systems for monitoring and forecasting changes in the global environment. This “system of systems” supports policymakers, resource managers, science researchers and many other experts and decision-makers.
Information about the CBC
The Capacity Building Committee supports GEO in strengthening the capability of all countries, in particular developing countries, to use Earth observation data and products in a sustainable manner and to contribute observations and systems to GEOSS.
The GEO capacity building strategy follows the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) concept of a global partnership between those whose capacity needs development and those who are able to assist in the process, recognising that activities have intertwined social, environmental, and economic impacts.
- Facilitate Earth observation capacity building activities among GEO Members, in concert with GEO Participating Organizations.
- Build global capacity to access, retrieve, analyse, include into appropriate models, and interpret relevant data from global data systems.
- Build global capacity to integrate Earth observation data and information with data and information from other sources, improving understanding of problems in order to identify sustainable solutions.
- Develop a coordinated capacity building strategy among GEO members and participating organisations based on the principles articulated in the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan Reference Document.
- Recommend strategies for resource mobilisation.