Paris, France: Recognising the immense value of using Earth observation (EO) satellite data to support development activities, ESA and the World Bank have decided to work together on several projects through the ‘eoworld’ joint initiative.
“The main aim of the eoworld initiative is to demonstrate the value of European and Canadian satellites, both ESA and national missions, and the capabilities of specialised value-adding companies that can provide information services to benefit the World Bank’s operations,” said Stephen Coulson, ESA’s Head of Industry Section.
Taking their collaboration that started two years ago, one step ahead, the two apex organisations have decided that Earth observation information should be scaled up and incorporated into 12 World Bank activities in the marine environment, water resources management, urban development, urban and disaster risk management, and agriculture and forestry.
“The breadth of applications of Earth observation services shows the value of these services as useful tools to World Bank teams in the planning, implementation, monitoring and assessment of their ongoing and future projects,” said Anthony Bigio, senior urban specialist at the World Bank and coordinator of the eoworld initiative.
The Earth observation information products will be generated by specialist companies from across Europe and delivered to the Bank’s staff and local stakeholders by the end of 2011.