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Development and demonstration of a standardised information service based on EO technology to support the implementation of the RAMSAR Convention

Development, implementation, validation, delivery and assessment of an information service based on EO technology, to support national authorities and wetland managers in implementing the RAMSAR Convention and managing wetlands worldwide.

Project References
 Name GlobWetland
 Title Development and demonstration of a standardised information service based on EO technology to support the implementation of the RAMSAR Convention
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Glob-series
International Conventions
 Cost €1,150k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (20/11/2003 - 05/12/2008)
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
Project Description

The overall objective of the Ramsar convention is the conservation and wise use of wetlands by national actions and international cooperation as a means to achieving sustainable development.

Achieving the vision of the Ramsar Convention is a complex and challenging task. It requires that all the national and international bodies involved in the implementation of the Convention have access to suitable information to better understand wetland areas, their processes and their significance in the global environment; to manage efficiently wetland areas so that they may yield the greatest continuous benefit to present and future generations; to inform the general public and policy makers of the importance of wetlands and promote their conservation and protection worldwide. Existing and future Earth Observation technology may play an increasingly important role in supporting these activities.

In this context, and encouraged by the interest of the user community and the Ramsar Bureau, the Agency decided to initiate the GlobWetland project. The primary objectives of the GlobWetland project was the development of a user-tailored information service based on EO technology to support national and local authorities in reporting to the Ramsar Convention and managing wetlands worldwide.

The GlobWetland project has been conceived as a user-oriented project. Therefore, the project has been built up around the information requirements provided by a User Group made up of the National Authorities responsible for the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in several countries worldwide.

 Results GlobWetland Final Report
GlobWetland Product User Handbook
Workshop Proceedings, ESA SP-634, November 2006.
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor MICROSOFT Canada : MICROSOFT Canada
 Subcontractors MICROSOFT Netherlands : MICROSOFT Netherlands
RSS : Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH
User Partnership
 Users Agroscope : Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW) - Agroscope research stations
CSE : Centre de Suivi Ecologique
CWS : Canadian Wildlife Service
DEAT : Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
DGF : Directorate General of Forests
EEAA : Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency
ICNB : Institute For Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB), Division of Information and Communications
IECB : Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology of the Wien University
IFEN : French Intitute for the Environment
KWS : Kenya Wildlife Service, Wetlands Programme
LCBC : Lake Chad Basin Commission
MARM : Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs
Min. Ecology and Land Use - Moscow : Ministry of Ecology and Land Use of Moscow region
Min. Env. Ecuador : Ministry of Environment, Biodiversity and Protected Areas Directorate
Min. Env. Greece : Ministry of the Environment and Public Works, Environment Planning Division, Natural Environment Management Section
Min. Env. Italy - NCD : Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory; Nature Conservation Directorate, Division 4, Section I: Protected Areas, Natural Reserves and Wetlands
Ministry of Agriculture : Nature Management & Fisheries - Netherlands
MMA - Ministerio de Medio Ambiente : Direccion General de Conservacion de la Naturaleza
SYKE : Finnish Environment Institute
Contact Points
 Project Manager Kevin Jones
Atlantis-Scientific Inc.
20 Colonnade Road, Suite 110
Nepean, Ontario
ON K2E 7M6
Tel: +613 727-1087
Fax: +613 727-5853
 Technical Officer Marc Paganini
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00046 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80563
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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