Copyright 2006 - UNESCO

Space for Heritage


Special side event at UN CB: Space Supporting the Rio, World Heritage and Ramsar Conventions

Mr. Gerald Braun, German representative to ESA chaired the session

Showing to Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity how space technologies are assisting UNESCO World Heritage, RAMSAR-Wetlands, and the Desertification international Conventions:

This event was opened by the European Space Agency.

Olivier Arino, European Space Agency (ESA), presented on the ESA’s support for a number of multilateral environmental agreements, including those governing biodiversity, desertification, World Heritage, climate change, and wetlands. He outlined the Global Change and Global Land Cover 2000 programmes.

Nick Davidson, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, introduced the GlobWetland project as an example of how earth observation can be used for wetland assessment, monitoring and management. He said that the project produced land use cover and change detection maps for use by wetland managers and policymakers.

Mario Hernandez, UNESCO presented the enormous assistance that ESA provides to UNESCO.

Mario Hernandez, UNESCO, outlined joint programmes being undertaken by UNESCO and ESA: From Space to Place, including: mapping world heritage sites in Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, China, Meso-America, etc. He highlighted a particular ESA-UNESCO project “Diversity," which aims to assist countries in Central America in assessing their associated CBD requirements.

Lúcio do Rosário, Portuguese National Focal Point Assistant for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), presented “DesertWatch,” a joint UNCCD-ESA programme designed to assist parties with implementation.

Jean-Louis Weber, European Environment Agency (EEA), discussed the EEA’s use of space data to produce integrated ecosystem accounting. He noted that the EEA aims to provide an assessment of the costs of ecosystem services, by calculating their true costs and valuing their benefits.

Martin Herold, Global Observation for Forest and Land Cover Dynamics, presented on the potential for satellite observation to inform the post-2012 negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and for driving national observation progress for forests.

Nick Davidson, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, introduced GlobWetland, a programme jointly run by the Ramsar Convention and the ESA to map wetlands.

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