Eye on Earth Workshop: Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security
The ISEPEI Project is organizing an ICT Training Course this July 6-10 entitled "Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security". This workshop builds and expands upon the course that was run in 2014.
This year's workshop aims at bridging the gap between environmental / public policy professionals and cutting-edge technologies and their practical application by bringing ICT developers and experts (e.g. the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Google ) into the classroom and arranging their direct communication with decision-making groups. The workshop will be featuring an array of faculty from leading UN agencies and global institutions, including representatives from the Black Sea Commission . Participants are coming from all over the world (Iran, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, etc.) and are representing water-related agencies, organizations, and academia.
This workshop is being carried out as a preparatory activity for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015 . Eye on Earth is a global initiative, comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders from around the world aiming to address access to information to support sustainable development. This phase of the Eye on Earth Initiative will be culminating at the upcoming Summit this October 6-8 in Abu Dhabi. Several Special Initiatives developed under the auspices of the Summit will be presented and will contribute to the workshop, including UNEP Global University Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (GUPES ), Eye on Disaster Management Special Initiative , and Eye on Water Security Special Iniative, among others.
The primary focus of this workshop is ICT applications in water management and water security. It will cover a number of technologies including remote sensing, geospatial technologies, data publishing, and decision-support systems, among others. In particular, the role of satellite-based earth monitoring and remote sensing for environmental studies and management will be discussed, highlighting their potential and limitations. In addition, a series of recently completed and ongoing research projects in the field of geospatial-based decision-making will be presented first-hand by practitioners and discussed. The workshop will contribute to disseminating recent research results and raising awareness about potential ICT benefits.
It is being run with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI).