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Saturday, November 14, 2015

China, Europe, US agree to provide observation data to developing countries


The 12th session of the inter-governmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) ended in the city of Mexico city at the weekend with renewal of pledges by the trio of China, Europe and the United States to provide critical earth observation data to developing countries, reports ITRealms.
Highlight of the session made available to ITRealms by the Senior External Relations Manager, Group on Earth Observations, Robert J. Samors, stated that the three countries have renewed commitment to GEONETCast, an initiative of these countries to this effect.
Samors also quoted the South Africa´s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, pointed out that the responsibility before African leaders is to ensure the targets of the global goals for Sustainable Development are met.
“We should not take science for granted. We need to provide adequate funding for scientific research and global collaboration,” Pandor said.
Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Jianlin Cao, noted that the promotion of open access data, knowledge and information has become imperative.
“… Data sharing is key for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). As Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific region, we will implement more activities to enforce GEO cooperation with other countries, such as capacity-building, data sharing, eco-environment, disaster monitoring and climate change observing,” the minister assured.
ITRealms recalls that the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is comprised of some 100 member states, including the European Commission, and 92 Participating Organizations, whereas GEO strives to improve the world’s observation systems and provide policy makers and scientists with accurate and useful data that could be used to make informed decisions.

GEO’s primary focus is to develop a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to enhance the ability of end-users to discover and access Earth observation data and convert it to useable and useful information.

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