US, September 30, 2014: The Chinese government on the occasion of the upcoming UN climate change summit has donated the GlobeLand30 datasets to the United Nations in its New York headquarters.
Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China passed on the GlobeLand30 datasets to the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon as his nation’s contribution to the global cause of sustainable development and fighting climate change.
The handing over was followed by the signing of a Joint Declaration on the UN/China cooperation in the field of Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), between WU Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China on behalf of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information (NASG) of China.
According to Ban Ki-Moon, “These detailed data sets will help us to better understand, monitor and manage changes in land cover and land use all over our planet.”
China NASG has prepared and developed GlobeLand30, the world’s first global land cover datasets at a 30m resolution for the years 2000 and 2010 over the last four years.
These global datasets will be freely available to the international community and to Member States to assist in their scientific decision-making, and to measure and monitor critical environmental components.
The datasets are organized by ten major land cover classes and provide vital high resolution land cover and change information for environment monitoring, climate change studies, resource management, sustainable development, and many other societal benefit areas.