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4th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium focuses on climate and biodiversity

The 4th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 10 to 12 March. Organized by the GEO Secretariat with the support of the governments of Indonesia and Japan, the Symposium welcomed approximately 220 participants from 26 countries. The theme of the symposium was "Towards a Global Earth Observation System of Systems that supports the societal benefit areas of climate and biodiversity".

The Fourth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium front row

The Fourth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

The symposium aimed to strengthen international networking among member countries in the region and to promote national, regional, and international synergies for building and maintaining Earth observation networks that contribute to GEOSS. More specifically, it developed common views and recommendations from the Asia-Pacific region for transmittal to the 2010 GEO Ministerial Summit to be held in Beijing in November, advanced regional collaboration on biodiversity observations as a contribution to the Nagoya conference of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and furthered forest carbon tracking and water resource management activities in the region.

The symposium was opened by H.E. Mr Suharna Surapranata, Minister of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. Keynote speeches were delivered by Mr. Rachmat Witoelar, Executive Chairman of the National Council on Climate Change, Indonesia, on the role of geospatial information to support a national agenda on climate change and by Dr Arjun Thapan, Special Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Water, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank, about their endeavors in regional environmental issues. The GEO Secretariat Director, Dr José Achache, presented on GEOSS Highlights and Priorities. Presentations were also made on GEOSS Architecture and Data Management and Greenhouse Gas tracking from Space. Representatives from GEO members in the region presented their activities related to GEOSS development.

To focus the discussions, parallel sessions were organized on the following topics:

  • Asia-Pacific Climate Variability and Monitoring Capacity;
  • Hydrometeorological-Related Disasters and Water Resources Management;
  • Forest Carbon Tracking; and
  • Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON).

The full report of the meeting is available here on the GEO website.