Space for Cities: Earth Observation for sustainable development

Space for Cities: Earth Observation for sustainable development Space for Cities: Earth Observation for sustainable development
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Online workshop, February 16th, 2022, 15:00-18:00 CET

Sustainable Development Goal 11, i.e. the urban SDG, aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. At the same time, the UN-Habitat’s  (NUA) recognises the increasing role cities hold in the implementation and localisation of the SDGs, in an integrated manner.

City administrations, urban planners and even national/regional governments increasingly strive to balance development needs with the objectives of the aforementioned policies, as well as local prioritisations, both in everyday operational activities and long-term planning.

The new paradigm offered by the Earth Observation (EO) domain, brings open, reliable, timely and continuous/sustainable sources of information for supporting and ultimately achieving Goal 11 and related urban issues.

Many existing examples from local and regional authorities advocate for the usefulness of integrating EO data into decision making, to plan, implement and monitor policies.

These development focus on SDG monitoring and on the use of EO to respond to specific urban needs.

To tap the full potential of Earth observations, the stakeholders involved, including public administrations, GIS offices, international organisations, NGOs, Academia, and commercial companies, must be made aware of the tools/data created by EO, of how to access and utilise them operationally, and of the unique advantages EO brings, such as the geographic disaggregation of information or the identification of hot-spots, exemplified through urban implementations spanning the globe while allowing for local particularities.

Our Workshop

This workshop aims at discussing the potential uses of EO to achieve and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals in cities.

The workshop will introduce the audience to the newly released EO Toolkit for Suatianable Cities and Human Settlements. The EO Toolkit was created to establish a reference/starting point for the stakeholders interested in utilising EO for their urban needs, providing a robust compilation of EO data, tools and the detailed guidelines to use these.