GMES introduced by GeoVille??s CEO to UN Secretary General

The Global Monitoring
for Environment and
Security – GMES –
Programme was
introduced to H.E. Ban Ki-moon
by Dr. Christian Hoffmann,
CEO of the GeoVille group, on
the occasion of an invitation of
the Austrian Federal Economic
Chamber. Mr. Hoffmann
explained how GMES, one of
Europe’s flagships in space,
can assist the UN in their
environmental & humanitarian
aid programmes.
Among the United Nations
organisations identified to profit
from GMES are the World
Bank, the Environment and
Food Programme, UNESCO
and the Offices for Humanitarian
Affairs. Examples
centred on countering negative
effects of urban sprawl,
monitoring of habitats and
adaptation to climate change as
key challenges of the 21st
GMES represents a concerted
effort to bring together data and
information providers with
users. Thereby they can better
understand each other and
make environmental and
security-related information
available through enhanced or
new services.
GMES is driven by the European
Union (EU) and the
European Space Agency
(ESA), together with their
Member States.
GMES will strengthen Europe’s
role as a world leader in
collecting and managing
environmental and civil security
information for the benefit of its
citizens and institutions.
GeoVille group
GeoVille is an internationally
operating group based in
Austria and Luxembourg and
uses satellite data to provide
products and services in the
environmental and geo-spatial
GeoVille group is a leading
GMES service provider
supplying geo-information products
to the EU, ESA the
European Environment Agency
as well as national ministries
and regional administrations.
GeoVille products centre on
land based applications related
to land use and land cover
mapping, urban and regional
planning, forestry, environmental
monitoring and modelling.
GeoVille group has long term
project experience in working
with UN organisations such as
the World Bank, United Nations
Operational Services and
UNESCO. Currently GeoVille is
implementing a habitat monitoring
system in seven Central
American countries for ESA
In GMES, GeoVille group is
putting urban growth on the
map in nine European countries
within the ESA financed GSE
Land project. In the project
geoland, financed by the EU 6th
Framework Programme, Geo-
Ville has successfully
developed environmental indicators
for urban and regional
(Source Geoville
Author: EARSC

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