Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD): Fragility, Conflict, and Security
European Space Agency (ESA) & Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS)
June 2018 – ongoing
States affected by fragility, conflict or violence face growing threats to state security, their economy, and to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Major challenges such as a turbulent economy, surges of violence, environmental degradation, and climate change are causes of human insecurity. The European Space Agency (ESA) Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Fragility, Conflict and Security initiative aims to mainstream the use of Earth observation (EO) products and services in the development investments by international finance institutions (IFI). The goal is to provide meaningful support that will contribute to an increase in both environmental and human security in states affected by fragility, conflict, or violence.
Hatfield is a member of a consortium delivering EO services to address needs and development projects identified through discussions with the IFIs, such as the World Banks. Hatfield is responsible for the coordination and engagement of local and regional stakeholders for the Latin American and Caribbean region.
Demonstration services provided by Hatfield to date include mapping and monitoring of savanna wetlands in the Orinoquia region of Colombia, rapid technical investigation of impacts from the desert locust upsurge in Eastern Africa, and an assessment of EO data to support cadastral mapping in Colombia.
Hatfield is also involved in capacity building and training, including conducting a training workshop with a range of government agencies in Colombia.