Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Press Release-Eye on Earth Movement Gains Global Momentum

Press Release-Eye on Earth Movement Gains Global MomentumCall for transformational environmental-data projects receives overwhelming response Eye on Earth, the global movement aiming to improve access to and the availability of environmental, social and economic data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development, has received an outstanding response to its request for new project proposals. These projects which relate to the collection, provision and usage of environmental-related data could radically change the way the world approaches sustainable development.

Among the 120 projects prepared are proposals for:
• a Global Coastal Carbon Data Archive which would increase the accuracy of and confidence in global estimates of carbon storage, as well as emissions from coastal ecosystems;
• a Fellowship of Conservation Leaders to help developing nations build capacity for this essential skillset among the next generation of leaders;
• strengthening information infrastructure for emergency management and disaster risk reduction; and
• creation of an Open Data Programme specifically for the coastal resilience of island communities so they can monitor and share the status of key sustainability metrics in the protection of species and natural habitats.

The Eye on Earth community, comprising members from government agencies, UN organisations, NGOs, the private sector, academia and civil society from across the globe, has prepared more than 120 project proposals. The new proposals outline transformational concepts to advance the eight Eye on Earth Special Initiatives (SIs).

For the past four years these SIs have been delivering breakthroughs in the areas of equal access, environmental education, linking knowledge networks, biodiversity, community sustainability and resiliency, disaster management, oceans and blue carbon and water security. With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the shared framework for global action and cooperation on development for the next 15 years—set to be approved by the United Nations in September, all projects seek to deliver on several of the 17 SDGs. Particular emphasis is placed on Goal 11 (“make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”), Goal 13 (“take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact”), Goal 14 (“conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”), Goal 15 (“protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”), and Goal 17 (“strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”). “We have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of project submissions received.

This sends a strong message of conviction in the Eye on Earth process and the important role it plays in connecting networks and building capacity across diverse knowledge communities to improve decision-making for sustainable development,” said HE Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, and founding Eye on Earth Alliance Partner. Read More...


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