EARSC session on Industry Contribution to SDGs at EGW11

The session on “Leveraging EO services to help monitoring SDGs, the industry contribution” took place in the framework of the European GEO projects workshop from 19-21 June 2017 in Helsinki.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being launched with an emphasis on collecting data that will be extensive and specific enough to serve these needs. They are designed to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. European EO industry can help achieve the SDGs by providing critical information on natural resources, government operations, public services, and population demographics. Industry helps on the SDG implementation role, monitoring, reporting, and the facilitation and shaping of reporting methods, policy and tools. These insights can inform national priorities and help determine the most effective paths for action on national issues.

The industry overall could help on:

  • the stage of the improvement cycle (plan, do, check, act, review)
  • improving efficiency and effectiveness of public services
  • increasing transparency, accountability
  • facilitating better information-sharing within government

The workshop brought experts from the public and private sectors to underline the key priorities of GEO with regards to industry engagement and how to work in practice for the uptake of R&D projects.

The panel focused on existing business cases against the SDGs. It was a great opportunity to make evidence on the actual capabilities of EO industry using relevant indicators that may be useful when contributing to the SDGs (measuring/reporting).

AGENDA for the interactive round table discussion on Tuesday 20th June from 16h15-18h00

What support do private sector need in the engagement with GEO and how can it be enabled? by Geoff Sawyer (EARSC)
How EuroGEOSS best shape the engagement of the private sector? by Gilles Ollier (EC DG-RTD)
What are the most effective ways to encourage industry in GEO? by Douglas Cripe (GEO secretariat)
GEO-Cradle contribution to SDGs by Haris Kontoes (NOA)

Speakers were asked to reply to the following questions:

  • How can industry and GEO work better together?
  • How can different institutional structures (National, EC and GEO) effectively support the engagement of the private sector?
  • Round table

Moderator: Lefteris Mamais (GEO-Cradle project coordinator)
Round table: Lionel Menard (Armines), Tarek Habib (CLS), Nuno Grosso (Deimos), Ana Sebastián-López (GMV), Erwin Goor (VITO)

Seed questions

The Round table covered issues like:

  • How can industry and GEO work better together?
  • What are the most effective ways to encourage industry contribution to GEOSS?
  • How can businesses be encouraged to better understand and deliver services to support SDGs?
  • How can operational services be leveraged to create more sustainable services for custodian agencies?
  • How do you see making the needed services sustainable?

Wrap up: Developing a strategy for the improved involvement of Industry in GEO

Download the Outcome of the Session on Industry contribution to SDGs

Author: EARSC

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