When

6th to 8th October 2015

Where

Abu Dhabi
St Regis, Saadiyat Island

Informed Decision-Making


for Sustainable Development


Data Demand

Including data acquisition and management, how data can be communicated and visualised for optimal use, and current data requirements, challenges and solutions.

Data Supply

Including the availability of and access to environmental, social and economic data, innovations in knowledge sharing and open access data, and the importance of crowd sourcing and citizen science for information gathering.

Enabling Conditions

Including the necessary legal, financial and technological infrastructures and capabilities required to facilitate better availability of, access to and sharing of data.

Following the success of the 2011 inaugural Summit, Eye on Earth 2015 will take centre stage once again to promote dialogue and drive international action that revolutionises the way we collect, access, share and use data and information for real-world change. The 2015 summit will seek to foster a culture of collaboration through a network committed to achieving scalable impact for a sustainable future.

The Speakers

Summit 2015 will feature a dynamic blend of prominent speakers from the worlds of business, government, philanthropy, data engineering and technology, environmental protection, industry, civil society and youth. Confirmed speakers include:

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Fathia Abdel Fadil

Economic Statistician, ESCWA Statistics Division

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Adel Farid Abdel-Kader

CEO and Founder of Trend Green Knowledge Inc.

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Ahmed Abdelrehim

Regional Programme Manager, Knowledge Management Programme Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe – CEDARE

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Sona Abu Zahra

Head of Environment Statistics Division, Department of Statistics Jordan

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Iyad Abumoghli

Director and Regional Representative for West Asia, UNEP

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Emad Adly

Environmental Specialist

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Aditya Agrawal

Senior Manager - Ecosystem and Strategic Alliances, Socrata

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H.E. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi

Director General of the UAE Space Agency (UAE-SA)

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Mohammad Al-Ahmad

Deputy General Director for Environmental Monitoring, Manager of eMISK, Environment Public Authority

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Nawal Al-Hosany

Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Director of Zayed Future Energy Prize

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Natasha Ali

Programme Officer, Knowledge Products and Support, IUCN

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Inger Andersen

Keynote Speaker
Director General International Union for Conservation of Nature

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Danielle Andrade-Goffe

Attorney-at-Law and Environmentalist

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Ryan Argentieri

Steering Committee member, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

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Maria Eugenia Arreola

Director of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program at the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

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Ziyad Ayad

Acting Head of Office, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) UAE

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Barbara J. Ryan

Keynote Speaker
Secretariat Director Group on Earth Observations

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Ana Barreira

Lawyer, Director and founding member of Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA)

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Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas

Secretary General – Pan American Institute of Geography and History

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Kathrine Brekke

Urban Research Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat

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Thomas Brooks

Head of Science and Knowledge, IUCN

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Steve Browdy

Mathematician, Educator, and Software Professional

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Alberto A. Campos

Founder and Director NGO Aquasis

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Robert S. Chen

Director and Senior Research Scientist, CIESIN, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Franck Courchamp

Director of Research, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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Pierre-Yves Cousteau

Founder of Cousteau Divers and Project Hermes & IUCN Goodwill Ambassador

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Lorant Czaran

Programme Officer, Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

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Ingrid Dillo

Deputy Director, Data Archiving and Networked Services

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Felix Dodds

Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute of the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute

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Karl Donert

Director and Chief Executive, Innovative Learning Network Ltd.

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Nadia Makram Ebeid

Executive Director of the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)

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Fernando R. Echavarria

Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES)

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Ehab Eid

Programs Director, Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan

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Yomn El Hamaky

President, Liberal Forum Egypt

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H.E. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad

Minister of UAE Environment and Water

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Tsvetelina Filipova

Participatory Governance Topic Area, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

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Gary Geller

Senior Expert for Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Secretariat Group on Earth Observations

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Enrico Giovannini

Italian Economist and Statistician

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Mary Glackin

Senior Vice President, Public-Private Partnerships at The Weather Company

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Marsha Goldberg

GeoInformation for Sustainable Urban Management and Resilience Project Manager, Association of American Geographers

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Christopher P. Grajo

Information and Communication Technology Project Manager, SIIEM

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Robert Gurney

Professor of Earth Observation Science at the University of Reading

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H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak

Host & Keynote Speaker
Secretary General Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

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Muki Haklay

Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London (UCL)

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Healy Hamilton

Chief Scientist and Vice President for Conservation Science at NatureServe

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Craig Hanson

Global Director of Food, Forests & Water, WRI

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Nicolas Heard

Head of Fund Management, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

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Tim Hirsch

Deputy Director, Global Biodiversity Information Facility

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Gail Hodge

Sr. Information Scientist and Project Manager for Information International Associates, Inc.

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Chris Holmes

Product Architect, Planet Labs

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Floyd Homer

Serves on the Board of The Trust for Sustainable Livelihoods, the Global Islands Partnership Steering Committee, and on the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Fares Howari

Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Office of Sustainable Eco Innovation, Zayed University

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Naoko Ishii

CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

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Janet Ranganathan

Keynote Speaker
Vice President, Science & Research - WRI

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Mae Jemison

First African American Woman in Space. Currently Leading 100 Year Starship (An initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years). Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies.

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Jacky Judas

Research Manager, Wadi Wurayah National Park, Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wide Fund

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Bartholomew Judd

Environmental Specialist at European Investment Bank

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Diego Juffe-Bignoli

Programme Officer - Protected Areas programme, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre

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Alexander Juras

Chief, Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch, UNEP

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Tuntiak Katan

Technical Coordinator, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE)

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Jackson Kimani

Regional Director at Clinton Climate Initiative

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Taner Kodanaz

Director of Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe

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Lian Pin Koh

Regional Technical Advisor for Conservation International, a TED speaker, and Founding Director of the non-profit ConservationDrones.org

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Ida Kubiszewski

Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University

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Anil Kumar

Director of Environment Information Management at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi

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Viktor Lagutov

Head of the Environmental Systems Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest

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Gary Lawrence

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation

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Sylvia Lee

Manager, Water at Skoll Global Threats Fund

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Marc Levy

Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

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Louis Liebenberg

Executive Director of CyberTracker Conservation NPC

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Dave Loubser

Spatial and Landscape Ecologist

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Angela Oduor Lungati

Director of Community Engagement at Ushahidi

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Luiz Augusto Toledo Machado

Researcher of the Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTE- INPE, Brazil)

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Mazen Malkawi

Advisor, Environmental Health Exposures at WHO

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Jurry de la Mar

Head of International Sales - Public Sector, T-Systems International GmbH

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Corinne S. Martin

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK

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Bruce McCormack

EUROGI

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Jacqueline McGlade

UNEP Chief Scientist and Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment

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Anne Miglarese

President and CEO, PlanetiQ

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Kirstin Miller

Executive Director, Ecocity Builders

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Craig Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Vizzuality

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Stuart Minchin

Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division – Geoscience Australia

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Andiswa Mlisa

Scientific and Technical Officer, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat

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Sabah Nait

Member of the International Relation Unit of the Environment Agency

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Stefano Nativi

Head of the Florence Division of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA) of the National Research Council of Italy

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Kumar Navulur

Senior Director, Strategic Solutions, DigitalGlobe

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Maria P. Neira

WHO Director for the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health

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Carl Nettleton

Founder, OpenOceans Global

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Salvatore Nigro

Education for Employment

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Emily Nilson

Project Manager for the In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals Project

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Wilber Khasilwa Ottichilo

Member of Parliament of Emuhaya Constituency in Kenya

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Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist of Google

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Stuart Paterson

Executive Manager, Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)

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Rosario Giusti De Perez

Director of ESRI Venezuela

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Michele Petochi

Managing Director, Swiss federal institute of technology Lausanne (EPFL)

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Daranee Petsod

President of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)

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Mahesh Pradhan

Chief of UNEP's Environmental Education and Training Unit

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Seemin Qayum

Policy Advisor on Sustainable Development, UN Women

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Gayatri Raghwa

Senior Specialist - Outreach, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

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Parrys Raines

Founder, Climate Girl

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Steven Ramage

Geographer - Board director @what3words

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Brenda Rashleigh

Acting Assistant Laboratory Director for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Eugenie Regan

UNEP-WCMC

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Mark Reichardt

President and Chief Executive Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium

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David Rhind

Former CEO UK National Mapping Agency, Former Deputy Chairman UK Statistics Authority, Fellow of the National Academy of Science

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Douglas Richardson

Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)

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Juraj Riecan

Director of the Statistics Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

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Leida Rijnhout

Director for Global Policies & Sustainability, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

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Jon Paul Rodríguez

Professor, Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations and Founder, Provita

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Andrea Sanhueza

Founding Member, The Access Initiative

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Justin Saunders

Founder and Technical Director of emapsite.com and Environmental GIS Consultant

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John Scanlon

Secretary-General of CITES

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Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder and President, Planet Labs

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Guido Schmidt-Traub

Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

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Julio Serje

Program Manager and Senior Software Engineer, UNISDR

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Lalanath de Silva

Director, Environmental Democracy Practice – World Resources Institute

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Marcos Regis Silva

Chief of Knowledge Management and Outreach Services with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

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Hayat Sindi

Founder and COO, i2 institute for imagination and ingenuity

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William A. Sonntag

Initiatives Manager, USEPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs.

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Mark J. Spalding

President, The Ocean Foundation

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Stephen Stec

Associate Scholar, Leiden University and Adjunct Professor, Central European University

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Achim Steiner

Keynote Speaker
Executive Director United Nations Environment Program and Undersecretary General of the UN

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PJ Stephenson

Director, Conservation Strategy & Performance at WWF International

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Simon Stuart

Chair of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN

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Brian Sullivan

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine

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Carmelle J. Terborgh

Lead Account Manager, Nonprofit and Global Organizations, Esri

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Daniella Tilbury

Vice Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar

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Jim Toomey

Ocean Conservationist

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Costis Toregas

Associate Director, GW Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute

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Christopher Tucker

Creator, Mapstory.org

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Paul F. Uhlir

Scholar at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

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Scott Vaughan

President, International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Mathis Wackernagel

President, Global Footprint Network

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Brian Waswala

Environmental Education and Training Specialist, Environmental Education and Training Unit (UNEP)

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Jeremy Wates

Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau

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Scott Williams

PwC Global Lead Director, AR!SE Initiative

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Simon Wilson

Technical Director, Five Oceans Environmental Services

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Jesse Worker

Associate with the Environmental Democracy Practice, World Resources Institute

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Nick Wright

Co-Founder & CPO at Crowdicity

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Ilya Zaslavsky

Director of the Spatial Information Systems Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego

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Fatma Zohra Zerouati

Regional Expert in Environmental & Ecological Systems

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Patricia Zurita

CEO, BirdLife International

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Agenda

8:30 - 11:00
Welcome
11:00 - 12:00
Opening ceremony
Convene, Converge, Collaborate

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak; H.E. Anwar Gargash; Achim Steiner; H.E. Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad.

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Opening ceremony video

Tribute video

My UNEA video

12:00 - 13:10
Plenary 1
Welcome address - Data revolution and institutional transformation

This plenary session will provide an overview of the key political and societal agreements and ambitions for a transition to a sustainable future. It will highlight the opportunities and challenges we face regarding data, information and knowledge. An increased evidence and knowledge base is required to support policy and decision makers in delivering on these commitments and in tracking progress. Never before has the world had the need for – and access to – so much data and information enhanced through rapidly evolving technologies and multi-stakeholder engagement. Achieving sustainable development is not possible without all of society playing its role. This requires leadership, partnership and accountability from the UN, governments, the private sector and civil society.

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: H.E. Mohammed Al Ahbabi; Thani Al Zayoudi; Naoko Ishii; Mathis Wackernagel; Pierre-Yves Cousteau; Robbie Schingler.

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Mathis Wackernagel – Eye on Earth Feet on the Ground

Pierre-Yves Costeau – The Ocean is our Future

Robbie Schingler – Imaging the Earth Daily

13:10 - 14:15
Lunch
14:15 - 15:45
Track 1
Addressing policy making demand for data; dialogue between decision makers and providers
Biodiversity: data gaps from global to local practice
Arab Region’s Environmental data challenges
Measuring progress towards sustainable development: priorities to meet the data demand

This session will:

• Showcase the general successful practice/experience in data quality control and assurance from the perspective of various stakeholders
(providers, users, third-parties, etc.)

• Identify the major challenges facing data quality for decision-making in the context of crowd-sourcing and citizen science

• Create a common understanding of data quality in the context of decision-making

 

Location: Room A1a

 

Speakers: Felix Dodds; Kathrine Brekke; Nawal Alhosany; Robert Gurney; Ingrid Dillo; Prof David Rhind; Marcos Silva.

 

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Katherine Brekke – Data for & from local governance

Nawal Al Hosany – Masdar: Realizing a knowledge economy

Robert Gurney – A Place to Stand: e-­‐Infrastructures and Data Management for Global Change Research

Ingrid Dillo – Data Archiving and Networked Services

David Rhind – Dialogue between decision makers and data providers: the big questions

Marcos Silva – CITES: Trade, environment and development

This session will draw on examples from the application of standards in biodiversity conservation data generation, including documentation of point biodiversity occurrences, assessment of extinction risk, identification of important sites, and evaluation of invasive species risk. The session will add value by building awareness of the key biodiversity data and its important role towards advancing sustainable development, as well as bringing together diverse groups in support of bridging the science to policy gap.

 

Location: Room A1b

 

Speakers: Richard Jenkins; Franck Courchamp; Natasha Ali;  Healy Hamilton; Tim Hirsch;  Ackbar Joolia;  Gary Geller; Majid Al Qassimi.

 

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Franck Courchamp – The IUCN SSC Global Invasive Species Database: overview and potentialities

Natasha Ali – Development of a Standard for Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas

Healy Hamilton – Filling the data gaps: Comparing national vs. global metrics using the Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard

Tim Hirsch – What lived where and when

Ackbar Joolia – The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: A barometer of life

Gary Geller – The GEO Biodiversity Observation Network: Better systems for improved decision making

Majid Al Qassimi – The Local challenge on Global Data Sets

This session will discuss environmental data management strategies in the Arab region to support sustainable development indicators and enhance the environmental policymaking process in the Arab region.

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Ahmed Abdelrehim; Asma Aba Hussein; Najib Saab; Adel Farid Abdel-kader; H.E. Nadia Makram Ebeid; Iyad Abumoghli; Fathia Abdel Fadi; Mohammed Dawood Al-Ahmed; H.E. Taher Al Shakhashir; Yasser Osman; Shahira Wahbi.

 

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Adel Farid Abdel Kader – Session on Arab Region Environmental Data Challenges [Video 1]

Asma Al Hussein – Arabian Gulf University [Arabic]

Fathia Abdel Fadil – Challenges in data collection and data gap

Mohammed Dawood Al-Ahmed – eMISK (Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait) [Arabic]

Najib Saab – Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED)

Yasser Othman – Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi [Arabic]

What demand is there for data to support indicators of progress towards the emerging Sustainable Development Goals and the broader post-2015 agenda? This session will explore this demand by drawing from existing expertise and processes such as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, with reference to a wide range of environmental and related governance, economic, and social indicators.

 

Location: Room C2

 

Speakers: Constanza Martinez; Eugenie Regan; Guido Schmidt-Traub; Simon Stuart; Peter James “PJ” Stephenson; Tanya Bryan.

 

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Constanza Martinez – Integration of SD dimensions in the SDGs framework

Eugenie Regan – Connecting demand and supply: the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

Guido Schmidt-Traub – Measuring progress towards sustainable development: Priorities to meet the data demand

Simon Stuart – Considerations for indicator development

Peter James (PJ) Stephenson – Overcoming the challenges to conservation monitoring: lessons for global indicator frameworks

Tanya Bryan – The importance of data on marine ecosystems for and beyond Goal

15:45 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30
Track 2
Donors demand for data
Building knowledge for healthy lives
Environmental data for business performance

The purpose of this session is to learn from the international donor community – international development banks, international development agencies, foundations and others – how data is and can be used in their decision-making processes.

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Barbara J. Ryan; Tom Cummings; Sylvia Lee; Jackson Kimani.

 

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Sylvia Lee – Skoll global threats fund

Jackson Kimani – System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK)

Tom Cummings – How Data is and can be used in Foundation and Activist decision making processes

People need to have access to data and information that affect their daily lives and their well being to be able to pressure policy makers to take action and to empower them to take their own action.

 

Location: Room A1b

 

Speakers: Jacqueline McGlade; Hayat Sindi; Maria Neira; Seemin Qayum; Joni Seager; Parrys Raines.

 

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Jacqueline McGlade – Transforming the world of data & statistics

Hayat Sindi

Joni Seager – MISSING OUT: top 3 ways to not include gender disaggregation in health & environment data

Parrys Raines – Climate Girl

Iman Nuwyhed – Health And Ecological Sustainability In The Arab World

This session will explore the demand for environment-related data from the private sector, in terms of managing risk, ensuring access to capital, and strengthening social licence to operate. It will span sectors including extractives and conglomerates, business intelligence, banking and financial services, and environmental consultancies. Optimal strategies for making such data available, including provision of tools and data licensing, will also be discussed.

 

Location: Room M

 

Speakers: Martin Sneary; Leon Bennun; Bartholomew Judd; Simon Wilson; Ehab Eid; Scott Williams.

 

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Leon Bennun – Introduction | Biodiversity and ecosystem services: what data does business need? [Part 1] [Part 2]

Bartholomew Judd – Environmental Data for Business Performance

Simon Wilson – Demand, Issues and Steps Towards a Solution

Scott Williams – Scaling up to meet demand in a world of non-linear systemic disruption

17:30 - 19:45
Networking time, side events and launches
19:30 - 20:00
Cocktail
20:00 - 20:15
Day 1 wrap-up
Day 1 wrap-up / Award presentation to winner of the Data Visualisation Challenge

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: Jacqueline McGlade, Marguerite Nyhan.

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Marguerite Nyhan – Airscapes Singapore [Data visualization winner] [Video 1] [Video 2]

 

20:15
Gala Dinner
Pecha Kucha slots
16:00 - 17:30
Pecha Kucha - Technology Focus
17:30 - 19:45
Pecha Kucha - Capacity Building Focus
9:00 - 10:30
Plenary 2
Data Revolution-data supply side/award for the visual context winner

The purpose of this session is to set the tone and direction for the “data supply” theme of the 2nd day of the Summit. The speakers will focus on the revolution in data – the logarithmic explosion both in terms of data volume and of data sources. Most importantly, the keynote addresses will highlight the undiscovered potential of these new resources and providers to contribute to informed decision-making about environmental, social and economic challenges faced by politicians, businesses, governments, scientists and ordinary citizens.

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: Barbara J. Ryan; Muki Haklay; Christopher Tucker; Mary Glackin; Philemon Mjwara; Mae Jemison.

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Barbara Ryan – Data Revolution – Data Supply Side

Philemon Mjwara – Unleashing the Power of Earth Observations

Muki Haklay – Extreme Citizen Science – bridging local & global

Mary Glackin – From Big Data to Better Decisions: How Weather Data is Making People Safer and Businesses Smarter

Christopher Tucker – Empowering Policy Makers with Open Data about Our Changing World [Video]

Mae Jemison – Out of Relative Obscurity…A Data Revolution [Video]

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Track 3
Connecting networks to support environmental sustainability: What Global Network of Networks can do for you!
It’s an urban world!
Arab Civil Society – An Eye on Earth
Data for Sustainable Development
Mobilising Data to Support Decision-Making for SIDS

This session will examine the fundamental problems from a socio-technical perspective – what are the practical realities that lead to our current sub-optimal state of affairs.
We will then introduce the principles of a Global Network of Networks to deal with these underlying problems with an evolutionary approach to leverage and improve the best available practices to create more useful environmental informatics capability at all scales of operation.

 

Location: Room A1a

 

Speakers: Bruce McCormack; Rob Atkinson; Steven Browdy; Ahmed Abdelrehim; David Stanners; Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas; Gail Hodge.

 

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Connecting networks to support environmental sustainability: What the Global Network of Networks can do for you!

Clearly identifying opportunities for the Eye on Earth community to support the urban SDG – goal 11.  Without capacity building, to promote data accessibility, and application uses, urban communities will not be able to develop a sustainable, resilient and viable future.

 

Location: Plenary Room

 

Speakers: Fernando R. Echavarria; Kirstin Miller; Michele Petochi; Rosario Giusti de Perez; Carmelle J. Terborgh; Marsha Goldberg.

 

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It’s an Urban World! [Part 1]

It’s an Urban World! [Part 2]

Participating institutions, NGOs and organizations will explore the potential roles for civil society to assist decision and policy makers to improve environmental decision making processes through reliable data collected by civil society.

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Ayman Rabi; Emad Adly; Fatma Zerouati; Majda Abu Ras; Mufleh Abbadi; Salvatore Nigro; Yomn El Hamaky.

 

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Ayman Rabi – The Toolkit to Resilience Framework [Arabic]

Emad Adly – Civil Society & Information Technology

Fatma Zerouati – Fédération nationale de la protection de l’environnement (FNPE) [French]

Salvatore Nigro – Education For Employment (EFE) Building futures through employment 

The past five years have witnessed the advent of “big data” enabled by technology innovations such as cloud computing.  This session will explore the potential for this breakthrough to accelerate improved decision-making to advance sustainable development.

 

Location: Room C2

 

Speakers: Janet Ranganathan; Marc Levy; Louis Liebenberg; Gary Lawrence; Paul Van Gardingen; Craig Hanson.

 

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Marc Levy – Data Needs for the Sustainable Development Goals

Louis Liebenberg – Presentation

Gary Lawrence – What is the point of Big Data?

Paul Van Gardingen – Big Data. The ESPA Experience

This breakout session will aim to achieve the following outcomes:
• Establish a special initiative on Data for SIDS (Eye on Islands)
• Engage a global group of SIDS stakeholders to take this initiative forward
• Express the challenges and opportunities facing SIDS institutions
• Compile a set of priority fiche project concepts around data issues

 

Location: Room A1b

 

Speakers: Aditya Agrawal; Floyd Homer; Corinne Martin; Aboud Jumbe.

 

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Aditya Agrawal – Island communities Open Data Program for Coastal Resiliency

Floyd Homer – The SAMOA Pathway -­‐ data commitments and challenges

Corinne Martin – A Global Island Database (GID) to support the island community

Aboud Jumbe – Use of Data for Integrated Development Planning in the Western Indian Ocean Islands

Asha Singh – Data in SIDS : Findings, Challenges Opportunities and Response

12:30 - 14:00
Press event/Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Track 4
Innovations in data supply: Big data and how to manage it
Data Integration for Effective Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals
Understanding the Costs of Knowledge – Cost of Data Generation and Maintenance
Decision-making in Water Security - Community Strategy for Success
Oceans and Blue Carbon – The Role of Mapping and Joint Fact-finding in Efficiently Creating Community

The session will include an overview of the approaches and accomplishments of the Group on Earth Observations Global Earth Observation system of Systems (GEOSS), GeoScience Australia’s DataCube and other data infrastructures. Presentations/discussion will focus on several significant components with regard to the GEOSS, such as Earth observation systems and data and information systems that can facilitate the delivery of data and information for informed decision-making. The session will also include approaches being used by the private sector to handle the increasing volume of data becoming available.

 

Location: Room C2

 

Speakers: Robert Chen;  Stuart Minchin; Ilya Zaslavsky; Mark Reichardt; Brian Sullivan; Stefano Nativi.

 

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Stuart Minchin – Observing the Earth through Space and Time: The Australian Geoscience Data Cube [Video 1] [Video 2] [Video 3] [Video 4]

Ilya Zaslavski – Cross-domain information discovery and integration in the age of Big Data: the NSF EarthCube initiative

Mark Reichardt – Interoperability for Big Geo Data

Stefano Nativi – The GEOSS Common Infrastructure and the Discovery and Access Broker

This session will show the importance of data from Earth observations in SDG monitoring and how they can be integrated into other geographic data from various national statistical systems including those used by MDG monitoring. This will enable more relevant and focused measuring and monitoring of progress toward achieving various types of sustainability, be it economic, social or environmental within the SDGs framework.

 

Location: Plenary Room

 

Speakers: Barbara Ryan; Jaqueline McGlade; Robbie Schingler; Marc Levy; Pali Lehohla; Frederic Launay.

 

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Barbara Ryan – Data Integration – Effective Monitoring of the SDGs

Jacqueline McGlade – Transforming the world of data & statistics

Robbie Schingler – Imaging the Earth Daily

Marc Levy – #IntegrateData / Conclusion

 

 

How much investment is necessary to develop and – critically – maintain the delivery of authoritative knowledge products to inform decisions in sustainable development? This session will present examples of how such costs can be evaluated, showing that, while large compared to present investment, they are tiny relative to societal investments in other topics of comparable significance for improved decision-making.

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Tom Brooks;  Richard Jenkins; Diego Juffe; Naomi Kingston; Ian May; Jon Paul Rodriguez.

 

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Tom Brooks – Understanding the costs of knowledge: cost of data generation and maintenance

Richard Jenkins – From the Wild to the Web: keys steps in delivering The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Diego Juffe – The cost of knowledge Assessing financial investments in developing and maintaining biodiversity and conservation information

Naomi Kingston – Protected Planet [www.protectedplanet.com]

Ian May – Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) 

Jon Paul Rodriguez – Costs and benefits of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Water security is an inherently interdisciplinary and complex issue that is critical to consider for achieving sustainable development, human well being, and environmental sustainability. It is a central factor in biological, institutional, political, economic and social considerations and has an impact on local, regional, and global scales. Achieving the post-2015 SDGs will not be possible without a considerable focus on water.

 

Location: Room A1a

 

Speakers: Viktor Lagutov; Mark Sorensen; Mohammed Dawoud; Brenda Rashleigh; Lorant Czaran; Kirstin Miller; Philipp Saile.

 

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Decision-making in Water Security: Community strategy for success [Part 1]

Decision-making in Water Security: Community strategy for success [Part 2] 

The session will look at how increased understanding of the role of data and mapping can support joint fact finding. Having distinct groups/people come together towards one common cause/action can be an efficient means towards creating an active and engaged society.

 

Location: Room M

 

Speakers: Carl Nettleton; Christian Neumann; Maria Arreola; Mark Spalding; Dave Loubser; Karl Donert.
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Carl Nettelon – Oceans and Blue Carbon

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Track 5
Special Initiatives contribution to enabling conditions
Global Frameworks (Sendai, SDGs, UNFCC) – Opportunities for Eye on Earth?
Everyone is a supplier: Crowd-sourcing and citizen science and indigenous knowledge
Sustaining communities in upheaval – Data needs to support refugees and vulnerable populations

This session will present view points from three EoE Special Initiatives, namely Access for All, GNON and Education, on how each of them proposes to respond to developing the right enabling conditions with regard to access to information, citizen engagement and access to justice (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (1992) as affirmed by the EoE Abu Dhabi Declaration (2011)). These viewpoints will be presented in response to two case study problem statements drawn from a watershed and dam scenario that will be presented at the outset.

 

Location: Room C2

 

Speakers: Fares Howari; Jordan T Hastings; Lalanath de Silva; Ana Barreira.

 

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Fares Howari – Special Initiatives and Enabling Conditions

Jordan T Hastings – Legacy GeoData

 

In March 2015 the international Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) community approved the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Sendai framework includes seven, concrete global targets to monitor its implementation. The development of a DRR monitoring mechanism to measure the achievement of these targets and their alignment with other critical global initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), needs a concerted effort of all stakeholders.

 

Location: Plenary Room

 

Speakers: Costis Toregas; Julio Serje; Sona Abo Zahra; Jurai Riecan; Christopher Grajo.

 

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Julio Serge – Global Frameworks (Sendai, SDGs, UNFCCC) Opportunities for Eye on Earth?

Sona Abo Zahra – Challenges and Opportunities – Case of Jordan

With more than 7 billion mobile phones worldwide and with near global Internet connectivity, citizens anywhere are now capable of being the eyes and ears of the planet.  This session will showcase successful approaches for engaging people to crowd-source data and contribute to citizen science, and how indigenous knowledge can be systematically integrated into decision-making.

 

Location: Room A1a

 

Speakers: Craig Hanson; Andrew Hill; Nick Wright; Brian Sullivan; Tuntiak Katan J.

 

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Craig Hanson – Global Forest Watch

Tuntiak Katan J. – Morona Santiago-­‐Amazonía Ecuatoriana [French]

Jacqueline McGlade – UNEP Live, Our Changing Environment: Place by Place

This session will bring together disaster management, global network of networks, and access for all themes to foster an engaging and vital conversation on a critical international situation – the Syrian refugee crisis. The UN estimates that at least 6.5 million people have been displaced in Syria, with over 3 million having fled to neighboring countries. There are exigent data demands as the international community works to sustain these refugee populations. The Eye on Earth Summit would be an ideal location for a panel session to discuss potential solutions to help address this urgent data crisis

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Douglas Richardson; Ziad Ayad; Ivan B. DeLoatch; Daranee Petsod; Lorant Czaran.

 

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Douglas Richardson – Sustaining Communities in Upheaval: Geospatial Data Needs to Support Refugees and Vulnerable Populations

Ziad Ayad – Sustaining Communities in Upheaval – Geospatial Data Needs to Support Refugees and Vulnerable Populations

Ivan DeLoatch – Place-Based Solutions Using Spatial Data Infrastructures for Global Crisis and Disaster Management

Daranee Petsod – The Syrian refugee crisis & role for Philanthropy

Lorant Czaran – Space Technologies in Humanitarian Support

17:30 - 18:30
Plenary 3
Reaching audiences through innovations in visualization

For people to act on information, they need to understand it. Visualisation can increase that understanding. Bringing together leading experts and practitioners, this plenary will showcase innovations in data visualisation and application that advance sustainable development.

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: Janet Ranganathan; Craig Mills;  Trista Patterson; Angela Oduor Lungati; Craig Hanson.

 

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Janet Ranganathan – Resource Watch SNEAK PREVIEW

Craig Mills – vizzuality

Angela Odour Lungati – Ushahidi

18:30 - 18:40
Winner announcement for the Citizen Science Competition
Winner announcement for the Citizen Science Competition

Speaker: Jacqueline McGlade

18:40 - 18:55
Day 2 wrap up
Day 2 wrap up
18:55 - 19:40
Networking time and side events
Pecha Kucha slots
11:00 - 12:30
Pecha Kucha - Open PK session
14:00 - 15:30
Pecha Kucha - West Asia + Africa Focus
16:00 - 17:30
Pecha Kucha - Asia Pacific, Europe and other areas Focus
8:00-9:00
Launches and side events
9:00 - 10:30
Plenary 4
Creating the enabling environment

This plenary session will set the stage for the third day of the summit’s theme of ‘enabling conditions’. It will draw together the issues of data demand and data supply discussed on the first two days respectively, and place them in the context of the factors necessary to support effective and efficient synergy between the two. These include policy arenas, funding commitments, and capacity building. IUCN’s Director General will open the session with a keynote, and then moderate a discussion among distinguished panel lists, all of who are global leaders on the above themes.

Location: Plenary Room.

Guest Speaker: Jim Toomey.

Speakers: Inger Andersen ; Enrico Giovannini; Patricia Zurita; Carmelle Terborgh; Jeffrey Sachs.

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Jim Toomey – Sepcial guest presentation [Video]

Patricia Zurita – BirdLife International [Video]

Carmelle J Terborgh – WebGIS Enabling Technology – Maximize the Impact of Your Data

 

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Track 6
Ensuring the capabilities exists
Policies, partnerships and open data for sustainable development
Education for Sustaining the Planet
Principle 10 of Rio Declaration– for better environmental governance and access for all in different regions
Regional innovative approaches for cross regional cooperation in knowledge sharing

To ensure the capability exists to foster use of Earth observations for improved decision-making we must consider human, scientific, technological, organizational and institutional resources and capabilities. These are crucial elements of capacity building as embraced by the Group on Earth Observations.

 

Location: Room A1b

 

Speakers: Andiswa Mlisa; Mae Jemison; Hon. Wilbur Ottichilo; Jurry de la Mar; Luiz Augusto Machado.

 

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Mae Jemison – An Inclusive Audacious Transformative Journey

Luiz Augusto Machado – User-Data Providers – A cooperation concept

This breakout session will aim to achieve the following outcomes;
• Reach a common understanding of Open Data Policies and their importance
• Recommend resources/best practices/capacity-buildings activities that legislative bodies, governments, public organizations and individuals can take advantage of to increase the adoption and implementation of Open Data Policies.

 

Location: Plenary Room

 

Speakers: William Sonntag; Simon Hodson; Leida Rijnhout; Chukwudozie Ezigbalike; Paul F. Uhlir, J.D.; Chuang Liu.

 

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William Sonntag – CODATA, Open Science Policies and Capacity Building

Leida Rinjhout – Policies, Partnerships and database “The role of citizen’s knowledge”

Chukwudozie Ezigbalike – Towards an Open Africa Data

ConsensusChuang Liu – Implementation of Data Sharing Principles in Developing Countries

The goals of the session are three-fold: 1) to provide an overview of global trends in education as it relates to sustainable development and data-driven decision-making; 2) showcase achievements of the EE SI since its inception through its seed-funded projects; and 3) to formulate the future vision of the EE SI, based on a variety of stakeholder perspectives, from a range of geographical areas (e.g. Europe, Asia/Pacific, regional) and from a range of sectors (e.g. universities, private entities, non-profit organizations, and international organizations).

 

Location: Room C2

 

Speakers: Daniella Tilbury; Ed Parsons; Emily Nilson; Mahesh Pradhan; Brian Waswala; Gayatri Raghwa; Kirstin Miller; Viktor Lagutov.

 

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Emily Nilson – ISEPEI: In-­‐Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals

Mahesh Pradhan – Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)

 

Efficiency and accountability of policy development can be further enhanced through a more open access to environmental information and data as well as better conditions for public participation in environmental decision-making thus aiming for environmental  governance improvement.
Major progress was achieved in this regards on the regional level since Rio Conference and especially after Rio+20 Conference on Principle 10 (access to information and  public participation on environmental matters) promotion and implementation. Most recent development marks the Latin American and Caribbean regions Principle 10 process where 20 countries launched few months ago the negotiation of Principle 10 regional instrument.

 

Location: Room A1a

 

Speakers: Alexander Juras; Andrea Sanhueza; Danielle Andrade; Tsvetelina Filipova; Jeremy Wates; Carlos De Mi; Stephen Stec.

 

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Andrea Sanhueza & Danielle Andrade – ACCESS RIGHTS ARE KEY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A LAC Convention on P10 can make the difference. [Video]

Tsvetlina Filipova – Building bridges between regions

Jeremy Wates – Promoting principle 10 with respect to environmental matters in the Middle East and North Africa region

Carlos De Miguel – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Stephen Stec – The Bali Guidelines An Effective Tool for Implementing Rio Principle 10 at the National Level

This session focuses on cross regional cooperation framework within the Eye on Earth Summit objectives and will highlight the need to create a platform among regions to exchange experiences in the field of data sharing, data harmonization and exchange of success stories. The session will include the data issues on a regional, sub regional or cross regional basis. Major environmental data networks will be invited.

 

Location: Room A2

 

Speakers: Frank Turyatunga; David Stanners; Shahira Wahbi; Sabah Nait; Ahmed Abdelrehim; Peter King; Rodrigo Barriga Vargas.

 

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Ahmed Abdelrehim – Arab Region Environmental Information Network

David Stanners & Sabah Nait – European Environment Information and Observation Network – Eionet

Peter King – Introduction to the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)

Rodrigo Barriga Vargas – PAIGH – Regional innovative approaches for crossregional cooperation in knowledge sharing

Costis Toregas – North American experience Do we need to do it all?

12:30 - 13:45
Press event/Lunch
13:45 - 16:30
Plenary 5: Cutting edge Eye on Earth
Plenary 5: Cutting edge Eye on Earth

Location: Plenary Room.

13.45 - 15:15
Remote sensing and location enabling applications
Remote sensing and location enabling applications

Monitoring the Earth from both above and below—from space and the ground—has revolutionized how we monitor and understand developments on the planet. This session will introduce “what’s next” in terms of remote sensing (e.g. high-resolution/high-frequency satellites, remote-operated aircraft, and more) and local observation (e.g. mobile phones) as applied to sustainable development.

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: Craig Hanson; Taner Kodanaz; Kumar Navulur; Lian Pin Koh; Steven Ramage; Justin Saunders; Anil Kumar.

 

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Taner Kodanaz – Digital Globe

Steven Ramage – ADDRESSING THE WORLD IN 3 WORDS [Part 1] [Video]

Steven Ramage – ADDRESSING THE WORLD IN 3 WORDS [Part 2] [Video]

Lian Pin Koh – Conservation Drones [Video 1] [Video 2] [Video 3] [Video 4] [Video 5] [Video 6] 

Justin Saunders – MALAWI JANUARY 2015 FLOOD RESPONSE

Anil Kumar – Application of Geospatial Solutions in Wildlife Conservation

Sandrine Mathieu – From user needs to space-based solutions, a system approach

15:15 - 15:25
Coffee break
15:25 - 16:30
Feet in the field
Feet in the field

Environmental issues are fundamentally local ones, and so the mobilisation of environmental data in support of sustainable development decision-making requires the professional human capacity to collect data on the ground and in the water. This session will provide inspiring examples of building and maintaining such capacity to get “feet in the field” such as the Conservation Leadership Programme, Mohamed Bin Zayad Species Conservation Fund, and Save Our Species programme.

Location: Plenary Room.

Speakers: Stuart Paterson; Alberto Campos; Nicolas Heard; Jacky Judas; David Kuria; Jean-Christophe Vié; Ayesha Yousef Al Blooshi.

 

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Stuart Paterson – Feet in the Field: Supporting future conservation leaders

Alberto Campos – Feet in the Field to Prevent Extinctions

Nicolas Heard – The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: A UAE Conservation Organisation with Global Impact

Jacky Judas – Water Research and Learning Programme Wadi Wurayah National Park

David Kuria – Building Capacity for Conservation & Livelihoods improvement in Africa: The case of Kijabe Environment Volunteers

Jean-Christophe Vie – Mobilizing knowledge to guide wildlife conservation on the ground

Ayesha Yousef Al Blooshi – Feet in the Field Case study by: Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) Ayesha Al Blooshi, Director of Marine Biodiversity-­‐EAD [Video 1] [Video 2]

16:30 - 16:40
Day 3 wrap up
16:40 - 17:40
Closing Ceremony
Closing Ceremony

​Location: Plenary Room

 

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Closing Ceremony – Summary of Outcomes

16:40 - 17:10
Reporting on the Summit outcomes
Reporting on the Summit outcomes

​Location: Plenary Room

Speakers: Jacqueline McGlade; Barbara Ryan

17:10 - 17:40
Closing remarks
Closing remarks

​Location: Plenary Room

Speaker: H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak.

Pecha Kucha slots
11:00 - 12:30
Pecha Kucha - Americas (N America + LAC) Focus
6th Oct
17:50 - 18:20
Collaborative Research and Activist Knowledge for Environmental Justice

EEB

Location: Room A1b

Environmental problems are complex, interdisciplinary, and sometimes new, having been created by new technologies, industries and new forms of social metabolism. This leads to uncertainties and inevitable ignorance. For this reason, an important stream of research focuses on the collaboration but also the conflicts between expert ‘‘scientific’’ environmental knowledge and local or indigenous knowledge, highlighting how the development and application of scientific knowledge is inherently a political process that expresses and exercises power.

Speakers: Leida Rinjhout, Jeremy Wates.

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Collaborative Research and Activist Knowledge for Environmental Justice

18:30 - 19:10
The emerging geographical information environment

Proposed by:  EUROGI

Location: Room M

GI and GeoTechnologies play a vital role in helping to understand environmental change processes, and also in the process of developing appropriate solutions to environmental problems and ways in which opportunities can be realised. It can also play an important role in monitoring change and facilitate environmental reporting. Technological change in a variety of fields is taking place at a rapid rate and many of these changes will impact on the emerging GI/GT environment. EUROGI has identified changes in 24 areas.

Speakers: Bruce McCormack.

18:50 - 19:40
UNEP Live, the National Reporting System and Web Intelligence: Facilitating open access, data sharing and informed decision-making

UNEP, DEWA & AGEDI

Location: Room A2

UNEP and AGEDI have developed the National Reporting Toolkit that will shape the way countries report on the state of the environment. It aims to help government Ministries responsible for reporting on national, regional and global obligations, to collect, analyze and publish quality assured information in a timely manner.

Speakers: Jacqueline McGlade, Arno Scharl.

19:10 - 19:40
Implementing Eye on Earth - creating common educational perspectives

EUROGEO

Location: Room A1b

The aim of this side event is to identify future perspectives for EoEE to develop as a fundamental cross-cutting component of the Eye on Earth initiative.

Speaker: Karl Donert.

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Karl Donert – Implementing Eye on Earth – Creating common educational perspectives

19:20 - 19:50
Use of space technologies and related applications for flood - and water-related disaster management

UNOOSA

Location: Room M

The side event aims to present to participating decision makers and practitioners the utility of earth observation data, satellite imagery and derived gesopatial information together with related applications for early warning, mitigation and response in water-related disasters, but also in drought situations caused by lack of adequate water supply.

Speakers: Lorant Czaran.

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Lorant Czaran – Use of Space Technologies

7th Oct
8:15 - 9:00
Africa and Pan-European Region - Perspectives from the regional GEO - 6 assesments.
Enabling the data revolution in the Americas

UNEP & DEWA

 

Location: Room C2

 

The side event will provide an overview of the state of Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) in the Pan-European region with a focus on the Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECA) countries. It will explain the processes in place to build a sustainable knowledge base for the region as well as the tools and technologies that are being used such as UNEP Live and the National Reporting System (based on work undertaken by UNEP, UNECE & EEA). It will highlight the use of this knowledge base to produce the GEO-6 Pan-European assessment. It will also focus on three key areas of the assessment which include One Health, Planetary Boundaries concepts and land abandonment. UNEP is preparing the 6th global report on the state of the environment. The objective of the session would be to briefly outline the process which is being followed to produce the Africa region report and to highlight some of the main environmental issues which have arisen from various sources, including the African Community of Practice (CoP). Between 50 and 100 people nominated by their national governments are participatns in the African CoP.
The Africa report will have three main sections, namely, the state of the environment, policy matters and an outlook section which will have a futures orientation.

Speakers: Franck Turyatunga.

Location: Room A1a

UNEP & DEWA

Speakers: Marc Levy, Rodrigo Barriga Vargas, Ivan DeLoatch.

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Ivan DeLoatch & Rodrigo Barriga Vargas – Enabling the Data Revolution in the Americas

8:30 - 9:00
Deep Dive into the GNON Concept

GNON & Eye on Earth Community

Location: Room A1b

The objective of this side event is to give attendees a detailed understanding of what GNON is, how it is used, and what its value is without going into great technical detail. This is relevant to Eye on Earth, since GNON is a primary vehicle by which the benefits and goals of Eye on Earth will be delivered.

Speakers: Steven Browdy, Gail Hodge.

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Deep dive into the GNON concept

12:35 - 13:10
Federating Water Data Across the Gulf States – Issues, Opportunities and Constraints

Environment Agency Abu Dhabi & GPC Group.

Location: Room A1b

The objective of this side event is to convene Summit attendees with interest in water security and related matters and information sharing across the Gulf Region, to discuss the issues, opportunities and constraints and level of interest in information and knowledge sharing across this community, and to define possible channels and activities needed to catalyze future collaboration.

12:30 - 13:00
GeoSUR Program

GEOSUR & PAIGH

Location: Plenary Room

This side event will explain the general structure of the GeoSUR programme, as well as the coordinating role of the Pan American Institute for Geography and History and the role of the CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. It will also discuss the existing links with other networks of cooperation in the Region of the Americas, particularly the Joint Action Plan for the development of geospatial data Infrastructure in the Americas. Particular focus will be on how to replicate this model in the Arab regions and further afield.

Speakers: Rodrigo Barriga Vargas, Eric Van Praag, Virginia Fernandez, Santiago Borrero.

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Santiago Borrero – GeoSUR Program

Eric Van Praag – GeoSUR Program

Virginia Fernandez – GeoSUR Program

12:35 - 13:10
Green Campus- The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability

UNEP

Location: Room A1a

Universities play a vital role in promoting and instilling environmental best practices to academia, students and the communities. As capacity development institutions, it is increasingly important that global universities teach, conduct research and contribute to the global knowledge base across every aspect of sustainability. These can range from sustainable practices, photovoltaic engineering to ecological accounting. The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) is a network of global universities that aims to promote the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement, greening of university infrastructure and operations, as well as to enhance student engagement and participation in sustainability activities both within and beyond universities. The network also promotes Environmental Education (EE) curricula and sustainable concepts in line with the Eye on Earth EE SI agenda.

Speakers: Mahesh Pradhan, Emily Nilson, Fares Howari, Brian Waswala.

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Green Campus – The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES)

18:55 - 19:40
Environmental Monitoring Information system of Kuwait (e-Misk)/Gulf e-Portal
Citizen Scientists and their role in monitoring of local to global environmental change

Environment Public Authority (EPA) of Kuwait

 

Location: Room A2

 

The Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait (eMISK) is an ambitious system initiated by the Environment Public Authority (EPA) of Kuwait. Among the main goals of eMISK are to raise awareness at all levels of Kuwait society of the values of the environment, and to place authoritative scientific information at the centre of decision-making. Beatona is the Kuwait official environmental portal that was developed and is managed by eMISK. This product aligns well with the main objectives of the Eye on Earth Summit as it aims to establish, build and maintain a comprehensive geo-environmental database of Kuwait along with an enterprise level GIS system for access, update and analysis of the environmental data. This geo-environmental database is available to decisions makers and stakeholders within EPA, outside agencies and to the public at large.

Speakers: Abeer Alabry, Hessa AlKhaled, Mariam AlSalem.

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Abeer Alabry – Environmental Monitoring Info System of Kuwait (eMISK)

Hessa AlKhaled & Mariam AlSalem – Environmental Monitoring Info System of Kuwait (eMISK)

UNEP & Major Groups partners

 

Location: Room C2

 

Bringing together citizen scientists to identify and develop how citizen and local science can contribute to enhancing our knowledge, understanding, monitoring and protection of the natural environment – linking the local data and knowledge with the global picture.

18:55 - 19:25
Water Table - Open water map demonstration

Proposed by: GNON & Eye on Earth Community

Location: Room M

Water availability, particularly surface water in relation to human settlement and arable land, is THE gating resource of the 21st century. An interactive “open water map” super-imposed on ecology and land use makes this point palpable and personal, as visitors will naturally zoom-in on the map to areas they know and directly see the water situation there.

8th Oct
8:15 - 9:00
A new map of global ecosystems for research, planning, and management
Perspectives from the regional GEO-6 assessments in West Asia and Asia Pacific

U.S. Geological Survey

 

Location: Room A1a

 

The objective of this side event is to expose participants to a groundbreaking big data resource on standardized, global terrestrial ecosystems. Increasing the awarenes of the EoE community to the data and apps will mean they can easily find and access them, understands their richness and utility, and will be able to engage with the data providers in the development of upcoming analog global marine and global freshwater ecosystems.

 

Speakers: Eric Van Praag, Roger Sayre.

Roger Sayre – A New Map of Global Ecological Land Units

UNEP & DEWA

 

Location: Room A2

 

This side event will discuss the environmental data and information challenges in the West Asia region. It will provide an overview of the current situation, looking at data and information availability, indicators, public access, information policy and legislation, and the institutional capacity for managing environmental data and information. Participants will discuss the constraints and barriers to improving environmental data and information, the environmental data needs in the region to support sustainable development, regional and international cooperation, innovations and success stories, as well as opportunities for the future, including recommended priority areas.

Speakers: Peter King, Chuang Liu, Mir Matin, Ahmed Abdelrehim, Yasser El Sherif, Yasser Othman.

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Perspective from the regional GEO – 6 assessments in West Asia and Asia Pacific

Yasser Othman – Perspective from the regional GEO – 6 assessments in West Asia and Asia Pacific

12:30 - 13:00
Open Data in the context of island resiliency

Island communities are among the most threatened areas due to increasing affects from climate change.  To better understand and evaluate potential responses from both governments and citizens, robust data and technology platforms are needed to improve access to useful information for more effective decision making.  This side event will discuss the role of open data and governance in the context of developing island nations and resiliency.

Location: Room C2

GLIPSA

 

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Open data in the context of island resiliency

12:30 - 13:00
Innovation and Tradition: a sustainable vision for the region through Footprint accounting

GFN

Location: Room A1a

UNEP and AGEDI have developed the National Reporting Toolkit that will facilitate the way countries report on the state of the environment. It aims to help government Ministries responsible for reporting on national, regional and global obligations, to collect, analyze and publish quality assured information in a timely manner.

Speakers: Alessandro Galli, Mathis Wackernagel.

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Innovation and Tradition

12:30 - 13:00
The European Environment: State and Outlook 2015 European Environment Agency (Arabic version available)

EEA & CEDARE

Location: Room A2

Speakers: David Stanners.

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The European Environment

6th Oct
17:50 - 18:20
Why Partnerships and Data Sharing is Essential for Impactful Conservation of Migratory Species in the Gulf

Proposed by: Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF

Location: Room M

This side event, hosted by Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF, will feature a panel of experts from the Arabian region discussing the importance of data sharing for species conservation and overall conservation of the marine environment, which is a diverse, intricate and interlinked ecosystem.

You will hear of recent successes and exciting case studies and insights from the region and the experts’ views on solutions that promote data sharing for species conservation, including the role of businesses, industries and other sectors. There will also be the opportunity to ask important questions about the role of conservation science in sustainable development and the benefits it can reap for society and the economy.

Speakers: Marina Antonopoulou, Himansu Das, Rob Baldwin, Suaad Al Haarthi.

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Why partnerships and data sharing are essential for impactful conservation of migratory species in the Gulf

17:50 - 18:40
Rio Principle 10 in Action - Launch of the “Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters”

Proposed by: UNEP

Location: Room A2

Launch of the “Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters”

Speakers: Achim Steiner, Lalanath DeSilva, Carlos De Miguel, Stephen Stec, Alexander Juras.

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Stephen Stec – Putting Rio Principle 10 Into Action

18:30 - 19:00
African Mountain Atlas

Proposed by: UNEP – CEDARE

Location: Room A1b

The Atlas contains detailed mapping of how strategic interventions and innovations are improving the food security and livelihoods of mountain communities in different parts of Africa. The Africa Mountains Atlas uses hundreds of ‘before and after’ images, detailed new maps and other satellite data from 53 countries to show the problems facing Africa’s mountain areas. It also includes examples of innovative and successful initiatives that are effectively harnessing the ecosystem services provided by the mountains.

Speakers: Franck Turyatunga.

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African Mountain Atlas [Video]

7th Oct
8:20 - 9:00
MAWARED data community Portal (In cooperation with Arab Ministries of Environment)

Proposed by: CEDARE

Location: Room A2

The Arab community environmental Observatory “MAWARED” is an effective tool that aims to connect a large number of Arab citizens for effective public participation in environmental decision-making. As a result, the system will make use of the revolutionary social media platforms for promoting real-time updates of our environmental developments, either positive or negative, throughout the Arab region. “MAWARED” will give governments, policy makers and citizens easy access to clear, comprehensible data in near real time. It will provide information on emerging environmental issues – from the global perspective to the view from the street – at levels of detail previously unseen.

Speaker: Ayman Solyman

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MAWARED Data Community Portal (In cooperation with Arab Ministries of Environment)

12:30 - 13:00
Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
My UNEA.org - A new platform for mobilising Stakeholders towards a Healthy Environment

Proposed by: AFED

Location: Room A2

Presenting the first comprehensive online environmental portal in Arabic, making over 35,000 pages of environmental, science‑based references freely available to readers and researchers.

Speakers: Raghida Haddad, Charbel Mahfoud, Najib Saab.

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Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)

Proposed by: UNEP

Location: Room C2

Speakers: Jacqueline McGlade, Alexander Juras, Naysan Sahba.

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MyUnea.org – A new platform for mobilising stakeholders towards a healthy environment [Video 1]

17:00 - 17:30
Benefit of the ecosystem services to the SDGs

Proposed by: AGEDI

Location: Room M

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Benefit of the Ecosystem – The Ocean and Us

8th Oct
8:15 - 9:00
The Environmental Democracy Index

Proposed by: WRI

Location: Room C2

Speakers: Jesse Worker, Lalanath De Silva, Danielle Andrade, Saif Hijazi.

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The Environmental Democracy Index

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