Head, Data Management, Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
President & CEO, Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc., Running
Springs, CA, USA
Mohammad Al Jawdar
IT Manager, Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The AGEDI was launched at the WSSD in Johannesburg on 2 September 2002 by the Government of UAE. The vision of AGEDI is to have a world with no information gap between and within developing and developed nations, and where all people have easy access to quality environmental data/information for decisions that enhance their personal well-being
The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg on 2 September 2002 as a Type II initiative by the Government of United Arab Emirates. AGEDI was initiated in response to an ever-increasing world-wide demand for quality environmental data. Although substantial volumes of environmental data are available in the world today, most of them are collected and stored in an uncoordinated manner, rendering its effective use by decision-makers difficult.
The non-availability of standards based, consistent data has proved to be a major barrier in achieving sustainable development, particularly in developing nations, over the past decade. The socio-economic and environmental sectors throughout the world are losing valuable assets as a result of inaccurate decision making caused by the dearth of useable quality data.
AGEDI supports the mandates of Chapters 8 and 40 of Agenda 21, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and the WSSD Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (POI).
The vision of AGEDI is to have a world with no data/information gap between and within developing and developed nations, and where all people have easy and cost effective access to quality environmental data/information for decisions that enhance their personal well-being and that of the world.
The initiative incorporates a top-down structure for establishing the methodology to identify, track, and compare core environmental data sets, with a bottom-up implementation plan to build local and regional environmental capacities, gather the requisite quality data in a systematic fashion, and fine-tune the set of issues tracked to address priorities on a local, national and regional basis
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