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This gathering of GEO’s 105 Member governments and 127 Participating Organizations will explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO’s three priority areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
GEO Week 2018 agenda consists of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibitions.
All in all, a budget of about € 335 million is available in 2018 for the Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" of Horizon 2020.
In March and April, independent expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.
Monika Hohlmeier and Kurt Vandhenberge, Director at the European Commission, gave inspiring opening speeches, where they insisted on the crucial importance of protected areas such as national and regional parks. These are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Furthermore, they contribute to mitigate the impact of climate change: it has been estimated that the global network of protected areas stores at least 15% of terrestrial carbon.
AfriCultuReS (AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing) is the Horizon 2020 project that won a call on using Earth Observation assets for improving food security in Africa. The project has 17 partners, 7 of which are located in African countries (Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa) and receives about €8.5 million of EU funding.
These projects were selected among 133 proposals which were submitted by the 7th of March 2017 for the one-stage 2017 calls. They will be launched between November and February 2017.
On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together in Washington, D.C. for the GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'. With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of Earth Observation in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.
The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8).
Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.
Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.
European GEO Workshop took place in Helsinki between 19-21 June 2017.
Some recently kicked-off EU-funded projects are helping to show the huge potential of an active citizen observatory and validate this concept under real life conditions. The focus of these innovative activities is on enhancing the management of our natural resources, especially land cover and land use issues, through more collaborative approaches.