Abu Dhabi: The second Eye on Earth Summit, held last week, has concluded with a commitment by delegates to implement a number of mechanisms, recommendations and practical actions around the supply, demand and enabling conditions of data considered essential to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. These include addressing the data needs of specific geographic regions, how to harness big data for sustainable development, building capacity for how best to use this data when reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that countires have the technological infrastructure and skillsets in place to incorporate such data into their decision-making processes.
The Summit also highlighted the important role of citizen science and it was agreed that a global coalition of citizen science groups will be established by the Eye on Earth Alliance, to continue to engage citizens science groups so that new data can be generated in areas where gaps are evident.
“The Summit outcomes are central to advancing Eye on Earth’s vision of achieving a world where environmental and associated social and economic information, combined with citizen engagement, improves decisions leading to sustainable development. They will make a direct contribution towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and also, crucially, help to monitor progress through quality reporting,” said H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, a founding partner of Eye on Earth.
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