e-shape solutions: Earth Observation for biodiversity and water management

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Running from 14 February to 15 February 2023

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Organisation: e-shape

The satellite applications sector delivers a wide range of social, environmental as well as economic benefits to citizens of Europe and the world.

Despite the many successful examples of use of satellite-based services at the regional and local levels, and despite the programmes implemented at local and European scales to make available funds to develop increasingly sophisticated commercial services, satellite-based solutions are still considered as “innovation” rather than “practice”.

The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 is a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. The strategy aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030. The objective is to build our societies’ resilience to future threats such as the impacts of climate change, forest fires, food insecurity, and disease outbreaks. The EU aims to restore degraded ecosystems by 2030 and manage them sustainably, addressing the key drivers of biodiversity loss.

Satellites offer reliable, objective and accurate information on soil, air, water, vegetation, and assets, which can be compared over time. This increases the amount and quality of data that decision-makers need to take informed decisions as well as to implement sustainable development strategies.

The workshop

The workshop is an e-shape labeled event and will present some of the project’s pilots related to biodiversity and water management.

The first day of the workshop will set the stage by introducing the audience to European and natinal policies related to biodiversiy protection and restoration as well as water management. Experts from European and National institutions will present relevant funding opportunities.

The second day will be entirely dedicated to the presentation of e-shape pilot projects, coupled with presentations from local actors.

The Q&A sessions will engage speakers and audience in a discussion about the usability of the pilots services presented and their relevance for the needs of public administrations and private companies in the Netherlands.

Objectives

The workshop will:

  • Introduce EO-based applications developed through the project within the selected e-shape thematic showcases  Ecosystem, and Water resources;
  • Discuss the integration of the EO-based applications into user organisations’ daily workflows;
  • Bring together research, user communities and civil society that want to benefit from  and contribute to the EuroGEO initiative;
  • Inform the participants about what the pilot services will grant access to in terms of Copernicus data and benefits for user organisations;
  • Foster discussions and exchange about opportunities and challenges with new potential users of EO-based applications;
  • Inject knowledge exchanges on co-design methodologies to develop the operational uptake of mature EO-based services.