NASG Hosted the 8th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium in Beijing
The 8th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium was held in Beijing, China from 9-11 September 2015, with the theme of Toward the Next Decade of GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Symposium was co-organized by Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Secretariat of Group of Earth Observations, and National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China. More than 200 government representatives and professionals from over 30 countries attended the Symposium.
Dr. Li Pengde, Deputy Director General of NASG and Co-Chair of UN-GGIM, addressed the opening session. He introduced the development of earth observation technologies and applications in China. He pointed out that the major programs of NASG, including the National Geographic Census and Monitoring, National Spatial Data Infrastructure, National Geoportal Map World, and 30m resolution Global Land Cover Data (GlobalLand30), benefited from earth observations. In the coming years, China will further develop the terrestrial, marine, aerial, space and underground earth observation systems and platforms. NASG is willing to conduct collaboration on earth observation and share data with other countries in the world, to jointly push forward the development of GEOSS.
During the three day symposium, the participants shared country experiences, considered the draft GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025, and discussed about Asia-Pacific Major Natural Disaster Monitoring, GEOSS Data Sharing and GCI Development, Agriculture and Food Security, Biodiversity Observation Network, and Global Carbon Monitoring.
Established in 2005, GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisions “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.” GEO Member governments include 96 nations and the European Commission, and 87 Participating Organizations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in Earth observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources world-wide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas - agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water and weather - and make those resources available for better informed decision-making.
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