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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(1), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11010049

Earth Observation Actionable Information Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts in a Sustainable Development Framework

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Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 19 December 2018 / Published: 29 December 2018
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Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a high priority on the agenda of main stakeholders involved in sustainable development, and earth observation (EO) can provide useful, timely, and economical information in this context. This short communication outlines the European Space Agency’s (ESA) specific initiative to promote the use and uptake of satellite data in the global development community: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD). One activity area under EO4SD is devoted to disaster risk reduction (EO4SD DRR). Within this project, a team of European companies and institutions are tasked to develop EO services for supporting the implementation of DRR in International Financial Institutions’ (IFI) projects. Integration of satellite-borne data and ancillary data to generate insight and actionable information is thereby considered a key factor for improved decision-making. To understand and fully account for the essential user requirements (IFI and client states), engagement with technical leaders is crucial. Fit-for-purpose use of data and comprehensive capacity building eventually ensure scalability and long-term transferability. Future perspectives of EO4SD and DRR regarding mainstreaming are also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster risk reduction; EO4SD; official development assistance; actionable information; World Bank; International Financial Institutions disaster risk reduction; EO4SD; official development assistance; actionable information; World Bank; International Financial Institutions
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Lorenzo-Alonso, A.; Utanda, Á.; Aulló-Maestro, M.E.; Palacios, M. Earth Observation Actionable Information Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts in a Sustainable Development Framework. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 49.

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