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The International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information Held in Beijing

The International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information, jointly organized by NASG, NGCC, Chinese National Committee for Future Earth, LIESMAR Wuhan University and UN-SPIDER Beijing Office was held on June 9-10, 2015 in Beijing with great success. The workshop welcomed a total of 80 professionals from 16 different international organizations of geo-information field.

The workshop was officially opened by Mr. CHEN Jun, ISPRS President. LI Jinghai, Vice President of ICSU, CAST and CAS, MIN Yiren, Deputy Director General of NASG, and Luc St-Pierre, Senior Programme Officer from UNOOSA, delivered welcome speeches. Keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. QIN Dahe, ICSU Future Earth Science Committee, Vice President of CAST, and Mr. Mario Hernandez, ICSU Future Earth Engagement Committee, respectively, named “Future Earth and Its Implementation in China” and “Future Earth and the Role of Earth Observation”. The participants presented experiences from their countries and achievements during five meaningful sessions, including, “Working Together to Support Future Earth”, “Future Earth and Global Geoinformation”, “Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Geoinformation”, “Open Geospatial Science and Global Geoinformation” and “Towards a Geoinformation Portal for Future Earth”. Presentations and discussions were made by delegates from UN-SPIDER, GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office in Australia and CODATA-PASTED and other organizations.

It was agreed that the implementation and success of UN Post-2015 agenda and ICSU Future Earth depends critically on the availability and utilization of reliable global geo-information. International organizations have to work together towards the co-design, co-development and co-operation of a “Collaborative Platform for Global Land Data and Information (CoGLand)”, which integrates existing scattered geo-data sets at different scales, assembles geo-processing services, and links online applications.

During the workshop the Prague Declaration was discussed, the objective of the declaration is to promote the use of geoinformation by raising awareness in government and in the public through a statement made by the General Assembly of ISPRS which will be announced at the ISPRS XXIII Congress in Prague in 2016.

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