The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) will hold its eighth Plenary meeting and an exhibition in Istanbul from 15 to 17 November 2011. An intergovernmental organisation bringing together 87 countries and the European Commission, as well as 61 international organisations, GEO coordinates efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) on the basis of a 10-Year Implementation Plan.
GEOSS links together existing and planned Earth observation systems and supports the development of new ones in order to construct a global public infrastructure for Earth observations. Earth observations are vital for policymaking and assessment in many fields. GEO focuses on nine priority areas: natural and human-induced disasters, the environmental sources of health hazards, energy management, climate change and its impacts, freshwater resources, weather forecasting, ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture, and biodiversity conservation.
The GEO Plenary is the primary decision-making body of the group. It meets at least once a year. At the upcoming exhibition, JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) will showcase its activities within the European Commission participation