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Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions
of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS

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SC5-18b-2015, Integrating North African, Middle East and Balkan Earth Observation capacities in GEOSS



The continuous provision of accurate and timely information through coordinated and sustained Earth Observation (EO) activities is considered a key enabler for informed decision making in response to challenges such as adaptation to climate change, improved food security & water extremes management, better access to raw materials and energy and many more. In this context, large international initiatives such as GEO and Copernicus are promoting the integration and coordination of Earth Observation capacities at regional, national and international levels.

Despite the important progress made over the past years in the Balkans and in North Africa, in both regions, but even more so in the Middle East, there still exist critical gaps in the uptake of Earth Observation activities. This includes a disparate level of development with regards to cooperation between the various EO stakeholders, ineffective exploitation of available resources and expertise, limited public awareness on the benefits of EO services and low involvement of the industrial sector.

GEO-CRADLE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, and will be running from 2016 to 2018 with the aim to tackle these challenges and promote the uptake and exploitation of Earth Observation activities in North Africa, Middle East and the Balkans. To this end, the project has brought together 25 partners from 3 continents, to work in a highly-complementary team that combines a strong background in EO coordination activities with proven scientific excellence in four key thematic areas (adaptation to climate change, improved food security & water extremes management, access to raw materials, and access to energy).


Project Objectives

GEO-CRADLE brings together key players from three regions (Balkans, North Africa and Middle East) representing the entire Earth Observation (EO) value chain,
with the overarching objective of establishing a multi-regional coordination network that:

Promotes the uptake of EO services and data in response to regional needs

Supports the effective integration of existing Earth Observation Capacities in the region

Facilitates the engagement of the complete ecosystem of EO stakeholders in the region

Enhances the participation in and contribution to the implementation of GEOSS and Copernicus in North Africa, Middle East and the Balkans