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Land Cover: Harmonized Pathways Towards Policy Needs
Monday 9 November 2015
SRE: Room Lázaro Cárdenas
GEO Secretariat and UN Statistical Division

Land cover is one of GEO’s top-priority Earth observation areas due to its cross-cutting importance to many Societal Benefit Areas. For example, it plays a major role in climate change processes, which affect all SBAs. It is also critically important for ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as water and disasters. Land cover and land use information is also getting increasing attention in emerging international frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals and is also an important feature of environmental accounting. Meeting the needs of all users is a big challenge, with complications in a variety of dimensions including the difficulties of generating a global dataset. This side event will not attempt to address all these challenges but rather focus on increasing harmonization of the activities and outputs of the various groups developing land cover datasets. The needs and perspectives of the UN Statistical Division, which focus on ecosystem accounting, are of special interest.

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Gary Geller, André Obregon  (,