EOPOWER: Earth Observation for Economic Empowerment

logo_iopowerThe purpose of the EOPOWER project is to create conditions for sustainable economic development through the increased use of Earth observation products and services for environmental applications. This purpose serves the higher goal of effective use of Earth observation for decision making and management of economic and sustainable development processes.
This will be achieved through the following activities:

  1. Roadshow activities to promote the increased use of EO products and services for environmental applications, including capacity building;
  2. Portfolio of potential EO applications for economic development and environmental management;
  3. Enhancement of the resource facility on capacity building in the GEO web portal;
  4. Establishment of local focal points (nodes) that actively promote and provide capacity building on the use of EO for environmental applications effectively and at low-cost;
  5. Explore the establishment of a high-level forum of stakeholders (resource providers, international organizations) that have an interest in EO for economic development and environmental applications;
  6. Establishment of a central feedback node that digests and shares information on incubators, innovation, successes, experiences, visibility and provides brokerage and advice on resource mobilization.

This will result in the output presented below:

  1. Opportunities created for economic development, in particular in developing countries;
  2. Key international economic development processes identified that require environmental information and mechanisms to develop them in a sustainable fashion;
  3. Local communities and authorities have received capacity building and are able to collaborate with international development programs, use environmental EO information and products, and engage resource providers;
  4. Mechanism established to market and exploits EO applications for the creation of new innovative products and support services.

BioSense Center is responsible for building EO capacity of the Balkan region, fostering its economic development through the use of environmental Earth observation and providing a comprehensive approach and successful implementation of it. Main tasks provided:

  • Promotion of Earth observation
    • organization of custom-tailored promotional events
    • interaction with policy makers to foster top-down support to development of EO in the region
    • Promotion EO in mass media to reach a wider non-specialist audience and to raise public awareness about the EO
    • Development of the Permanent Networking Facility (PNF)
  • Updating the PNF inventory of EO resources in the Balkans
    • Linking PNF to the Capacity building web developed in GEONetCab
    • Maintaining and further development PNF to include tracking of incoming inquiries
    • Promotion of PNF as a useful tool for communities outside the Balkans
    • Set-up of a Balkan Liaison Office (BLO)
  • Promotion and dissemination of marketing toolkits developed within GEONetCab in the Balkans
    • Fostering education and life-long learning in the field of EO
    • Using the existing regional network, identify best practices in the region, and develop success stories, with a special focus on SMEs
    • Using PNF and EOPOWER activities, analyse in detail gaps and complementarities in EO activities across the wider Balkan region and identify and coordinate the strongest regional players in different aspects of EO towards economic empowerment of the region

Project Website: http://www.eopower.eu/