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Using satellites to monitor progress toward the SDGs

23 August 2017

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The plummeting cost of satellite data in the past decade has made earth observation (EO) and geospatial information more attractive than ever for addressing poverty, monitoring environmental changes, and stimulating economic growth – among other objectives. It is especially valuable in developing countries, which often do not have adequate monitoring systems to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and national goals.

To harness this extraordinary source of data on behalf of its clients, the World Bank Group is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) and other groups to integrate of EO into the SDG framework. In 2015 the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Intent to partner on the use of EO-based information in support of sustainable development. The agreement—and similar agreements signed by other international financial institutions—is part of ESA's new Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) initiative, which is initially addressing three thematic areas: urban development, agriculture and rural development, and water resources management; currently being extended to a further four areas: climate resilience, disaster risk reduction, fragile and conflict states, ocean resources and marine environment.

Source: The World Bank

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