FP7 tailored for sustainability


The contribution of the “Space” Theme in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to sustainable development can be apprehended by:

1. Its overall objective and rationale: The overall objective is to support the European Space Programme, focusing on applications like the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), benefiting citizens and the European space industry’s competitiveness. The Theme’s objectives [pdf 287 Kb] can be seen in this Council Decision document.

2. Link to sustainable development: The command and use of information has important geo-strategic implications, and Europe needs to have the capacity to independently evaluate its policy responses. The focus is therefore on creating a comprehensive Earth observing system. This chapter of the Vision papers [pdf 196 Kb] describes the articulation between space research and sustainable development challenges.

3. These tables provide an overview of sustainable development-related space research topics in FP7 Work Programmes.

The FP7 homepage for space research provides more information on research funded under this Theme.