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|Title:||Sustainable Development in Developing Countries: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Observatory|
|Authors:||ROGGERI Paolo; BELWARD Alan; MAYAUX Philippe; EVA Hugh; BRINK Andreas; DUBOIS Gregoire; PEEDELL Stephen; LEO Olivier|
|Citation:||TECHNOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMY vol. 16 no. 4 p. 736-752|
|Publisher:||VILNIUS GEDIMINAS TECH UNIV|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Freshwater, aquaculture, fisheries, biodiversity, forests, and agricultural land have high economic and social value throughout the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region; but they can also be over-exploited, with damaging consequences for local economies, long term stability and for the Earth system as a whole ¿ especially the climate system. The ACP¿s fast growing population puts growing pressure on the environment to provide food, water and fibre, on the regions¿ urban centres and transport networks, and on energy sources. Information on the location, condition and evolution of resources is an important step towards sustainability, but unfortunately such information can be hard to get. Earth observing satellite technology combined with geographical information management can help fill the information gap. In this objective, and because of its unique position to support the implementation of advanced interoperable geospatial technologies, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) is setting-up of an ¿Observatory for sustainable development¿ as single portal to support decision-making for development in the fields of natural resource and food security. The African Union and European Union recognise the importance of this service and are beginning to develop this capacity as part of the AU EU joint strategic partnership. This paper describes the needs, and presents the first steps taken by the JRC and by the joint partnership in harnessing space technologies to help meet Millennium Development Goals, in particular eradication of poverty, and environmental sustainability. Keywords: natural resource management, remote sensing, space, Earth Observation, geographic information management, sustainable development, Africa, ACP.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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