Experts say need for enhanced environment information exchange

The Eye on Earth Conference and Exhibition saw an esteemed group of speakers that brought forth the importance of information sharing to sustain the environment and deal with global environmental challenges.

Sha Zukang, Undersecretary General of the United Nations, stressed the need for geospatial data to better equip ourselves for unforeseen circumstances. “Of particular interest is the advancement in geospatial information collection and analysis…GIS helps in disaster preparedness as well as mitigating its effects. Flood hazard mapping has proven to be vital for planning in flood prone areas. GIS can be humanity’s eye on earth.”

Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility also underlined the significance of technology to address some of the global challenges, saying that GIS and remote sensing can be applied in the developing world to support sustainable environment management practices.

The Eye on Earth Summit, taking place at Abu Dhabi during 12th to 15th December 2011, brings together the world’s foremost thinkers and environment activists to create awareness about the significance of proper dissemination of information and promote sustainable development. The Summit is being organized by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Source: Geospatial World

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern.



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