Czech Republic, October 17, 2014: Geoinformation service provider, Gisat recently announced that it has been selected as one of the information service providers for the joint ESA and World Bank initiative EOWORLD2.
“The project follows up the success of its precursor EOWORLD where Gisat was involved into mapping of metropolitan cities in Bangladesh and India. Now, the focus moved to other metropolitan cities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” the company reported.
Similar to its role in the former project (EOWORLD), Gisat will provide information on the land use dynamics within last decade (between 2000-2002 and 2010-2013 time horizons) but with better spatial detail. Improved granularity enables detection of desirable land use classes also at higher accuracy.
The World Bank is currently performing number of studies to better understand the extensive urban growth in the metropolitan areas in South Asia. Urbanisation in South Asia is expanding rapidly as increasing numbers of people migrate to towns and cities in search of economic opportunity. Therefore, in 2008, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the World Bank initiated collaboration under the umbrella of the “Earth Observation for Development” initiative – branded eoworld.
The objective of the collaboration was to promote satellite Earth observation (EO) technology as a standard tool in planning, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of the World Bank projects for sustainable development.