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Google, FAO partner to make remote sensing data accessible

Paris: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining forces with Google Maps to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible. The three-year partnership aims to provide assistance to countries tackling climate change and greater capacity to experts developing forest and land-use policies.

Noting that the agreement combines FAO's global effort to combat climate change with Google's commitment to help on the climate data science and awareness fronts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said, “For FAO, this is not just a partnership. This is a strategic alliance.”

Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, added, “The FAO Collect Earth application brilliantly builds on top of Google Earth and Earth Engine to provide a simple but powerful global and national forest carbon monitoring tool, empowering countries as diverse as Chile, Panama, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia and Bhutan. We look forward to further strengthening this partnership in support of global climate action and sustainable development."

Concretely, Google Maps will provide 1,200 trusted tester credentials on Google Earth Engine to FAO staff and partners, while also providing training and receiving feedback on users' needs and experiences.

Source: FAO