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Diversity

EO services supporting the implementation of the UN Convention on Biodiversity

Definition, demonstration and validation of geo-information products and services, based on EO-technology, to support the user community involved in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).

 
Project References
 Name Diversity
 Title EO services supporting the implementation of the UN Convention on Biodiversity
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme International Conventions
Land
 Cost €250k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (23/10/2006 - 17/12/2008)
 Sensors ENVISAT : ASAR
ENVISAT : MERIS
SPOT 4 : HRVIR
 
Project Description
 Web site http://www.geoville.com/diversity
 Objectives

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for "sustainable development": i.e., meeting our needs while ensuring that we leave a healthy and viable world for future generations. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This pact among the vast majority of the world's governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.

In this context, the Diversity project aims at studying, defining, demonstrating and validating a number of geo-information products and services, based on EO-technology, to support the user community involved in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).

The project is carried out in collaboration with the CBD Secretariat and UNESVO representing the international community. It manly address the information needs of the CCAD (as an intergovernmental organization) and MarViva (an NGO working in the field of environmental management and conservation).

During the project, a number of information services have been developed:

  • Global EO-derived biodiversity indicators to support the CBD 2010 Biodiversity Target
  • Regional Information service to support the planning and monitoring of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
  • Information service for inventorying, monitoring and assessment of the Mesoamerican Coral Reef System
  • Precise habitat mapping: Mangroves
  • Information service for surveying wildlife migrations from Galapagos Islands to Isla de Cocos.
 
 Results Diversity Final Report
Newsletter, issue 1, November 2006
Newsletter, issue 2, November 2006
Newsletter, issue 3, April 2007
Newsletter, issue 4, July 2007
Newsletter, issue 5, September 2007
Newsletter, issue 6, November 2007
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor GeoVille : GeoVille Information Systems GmbH, Austria
 Subcontractors CLS : Collecte Localisation Satellites
MSEL : Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Exeter
NERSC : Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
 
User Partnership
 Users CBD : Convention on Biological Diversity
CCAD : Central American Commission for Environment / Development (CCAD)
MarViva : MarViva
UNESCO-WHC : UNESCO-World Heritage Center
WWF-Italy : World Wildlife Fund - Italy
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr. Lutz Petrat
GeoVille
Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung GmbH
Museumstr. 9-11, A - 6020 Innsbruck
Austria Phone: ++43-(0)512-562021-10
Fax: ++43-(0)512-56202122
Email: petrat@geoville.com
 Technical Officer Benjamin Koetz, Dr. sc. nat.
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
ITALY
phone: +39-06-941-80 684
fax: +39-06-941-80 552
email: Benjamin.Koetz@esa.int
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