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Registrations open for the GEO Climate Policy and Finance Workshop, 21-23 September 2021

News / 29 July 2021

The theme of the GEO Climate Policy and Finance Workshop is “Earth observations for climate ambition” and reflects the GEO focus on the role of Earth observations in supporting national climate action and the overall Global Stocktake process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement.

The main objective of the workshop is to present initial results of the ongoing mapping of climate-related activities in the GEO Work Programme. Additionally, other ongoing results of the GEO Climate Change Working Group (CC-WG), and to foster collaboration with key Earth observation and climate partners. The workshop also aims to explore the role of Earth observation to support investment decisions for climate resilience and Nature-based Solutions, measure the level of readiness in the GEO community, and expand relevant collaborations with the sustainable finance sector.

Ultimately, the workshop will help GEO prepare for the upcoming 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.

The workshop will be held as a virtual event from 21 to 23 September 2021. The three-day event will include two days dedicated to Earth observations in support of climate policy and one day dedicated to Earth observations as a basis for climate finance decisions.

The workshop will be held via Zoom.

Register here

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Venturini, the Climate Coordinator at GEO Secretariat (sventurini@geosec.org).

Draft agenda

Day 1 : EO for national climate action

21 September, 12.00 - 15.00 CEST

Opening of Day 1 and Welcome

12.00-12.05

Introduction

Sara Venturini

Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

12.05-12.10

Welcome by the GEO Secretariat

Yana Gevorgyan
Director, GEO Secretariat

Countries’ EO needs to support climate action

12.10-12.20

Briefing on upcoming international UN Climate Change Conference - COP26

Ailsa Stroud
Earth Observations Policy Lead, Chief Scientific Adviser's Office, Defra, UK

12.20-12.30

Setting the scene: importance of EO for national climate action on adaptation

Paul Desanker
Manager, Adaptation Response subdivision, Adaptation Division, UNFCCC Secretariat

12.30-12.35

Perspective of LDCs

Bapon Fakhruddin
Technical Director- DRR and climate resilience, Tonkin + Taylor

ARA network

12.35-12.40

Perspective of SIDS

Stuart Minchin
Director-General, SPC

12.40-12.45

Perspective of LAC

Rafael Monge Vargas
Director, CENIGA, MINAE, Costa Rica

12.45-12.50

Perspective of mountain nations

Mandira Shrestha
Programme Coordinator, Climate Services

Mountain Environment Regional Information System, ICIMOD

12.50-12.55

Perspective of indigenous peoples

James Rattling Leaf Sr.
Co-founder, GEO Indigenous Alliance

12.55-13.20

Open discussion:

  • What are the most critical EO needs to support climate action at the national level?
  • And how should they be addressed / prioritised by the EO community?

All speakers

Moderator: Steven Ramage
Head of External Relations, GEO Secretariat

13.20-13.30

Short break

 

GEO Work Programme activities supporting national climate action

13.30-13.40

Ongoing mapping of GEO Work Programme activities - initial results

Virginia Burkett
GEO CC-WG Co-chair, USGS

David Borges
GEO DRR-WG Co-chair, NASA

Allison Craddock
GEO CD-WG Co-chair, IAG

Pat Cummens
Director of Government Strategy and Policy Solutions, ESRI

13.40-13.50

GEOGLAM: integrating EO into national adaptation efforts in agriculture in Uganda

Ian Jarvis
Director, GEOGLAM Secretariat

13.50-14.00

GEOGloWS-ECMWF Streamflow Forecast: assisting Honduras in flood risk management

Angelica Gutierrez
Co-Chair of GEOGloWS, NOAA

14.00-14.10

GEO Blue Planet - Dynamic Coast: supporting climate change adaptation of the coast

James Fitton
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, GEO Blue Planet, MaREI Centre, UCC

14.10-14.20

Supporting climate action at the national level: hints from the SCO

Frédéric Bretar,
Head of SCO, CNES

14.20-14.30

Digital Earth Africa: a platform to support climate action in Africa

Shanti Reddy

Senior Partnership and Implementation Manager, DE AFRICA

14.30-14.50

Q&A

Open discussion:

  • How can GEO most effectively support national climate action with EO-based products?

  • What should be the “GEO niche” in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the national level (adaptation/mitigation/other)?

  • Are there any perceived gaps/synergies in the GEO WP to address national climate action? If so, how should these be addressed / exploited?

All speakers

Moderator: Virginia Burkett
GEO CC-WG Co-chair, USGS

14.50-15.00

Wrap-up of Day 1

Sara Venturini
Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

Expected outcomes and actions:

  • Increased awareness of CC-WG activities and GEO WP activities that support climate action
  • Identification of gaps/synergies in the GEO WP activities
  • Key policy messages on EO and national climate action

 

Day 2:  EO for collective ambition on climate

22 September, 15.00 - 18.00 CEST

Opening of Day 2

15.00-15.05

Introduction

Welcome and recap from Day 1

Sara Venturini
Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

EO needs towards the global stocktake

15.05-15.10

Setting the scene: Role of EO to support the assessment under the global stocktake

Joanna Post
Programme Officer, UNFCCC Secretariat

15.10-15.15

IPCC assessments and EO gaps/needs in view of the global stocktake

Thelma Krug (tbc)

Vice-Chair, IPCC

TOPC Chair, GCOS

15.15-15.20

Developing countries’ needs for collective ambition within the REDD+ mechanism

Federica Bietta
Managing Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations

EO capabilities to support the global stocktake

15.20-15.30

Mapping of GHG monitoring capabilities from space

Veronika Neumeier
Consultant, GEO Secretariat

Barbara Ryan
Executive Director, WGIC

Aaron Davitt
WattTime

15.30-15.40

Linking EO and the Global Efforts on Emission Reduction and Climate Ambition

David Crisp
Greenhouse Gas Lead for the CEOS Atmospheric Composition Virtual Constellation (AC-VC), NASA JPL

15.40-15.50

The relevance of high-frequency, global coverage for EO

Andrew Zolli
Vice President of Global Impact Initiatives, Planet / Carbon Mapper

15.50-16.00

Accelerating methane mitigation from the energy sector through integration of data and beyond

Giulia Ferrini
Programme Management Officer, Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, IMEO, UNEP

Manfredi Caltagirone
Acting Head, IMEO, UNEP

16.00-16.20

Q&A

Open discussion:

  • How can the broader EO community involving public and private initiatives most effectively support the needs around the global stocktake?
  • Are there any immediate capabilities and how should these be exploited to support the global stocktake? What additional capabilities should be developed?

All speakers

Moderator: Mark Dowell
GEO CC-WG Co-Chair, EC JRC

16.20-16.30

Short break

GEO WP activities supporting the global stocktake

16.30-16.40

GEO Blue Planet: global eutrophication indicators and tool

Emily Smail
Co-chair, GEO Blue Planet, NOAA

16.40-16.50

GFOI: bridging top down and bottom up estimates to drive ambition

  • An update from GFOI Lead partner CEOS on the delivery of global AFOLU products to support for the GST
  • Summary remarks from the Chair of GFOI’s Advisory Group on the importance of country engagement in the GST and reconciling differences with national GHG inventories

Osamu Ochiai
CEOS Lead to GFOI, JAXA

María José Sanz Sanchez
Chair, GFOI’s MGD Advisory Group, BC3

16.50-17.00

GWIS: providing EO data on wildfires for early warning systems at the regional and global scale

Jesús San-Miguel Ayanz
Co-chair, GWIS, EC JRC

17.00-17.10

GEO Mountains: contributing to global climate impact assessments in mountain areas

Carolina Adler
Co-Lead, GEO Mountains

Executive Director, MRI

17.10-17.20

GEO BON: Essential Biodiversity Variables contributing to the global assessment of adaptation

Gary Geller

NASA JPL, GEO BON

17.20-17.30

GEO Human Planet: Essential Societal Variables contributing to the global assessment of adaptation 

Daniele Ehrlich
Co-Lead, GEO Human Planet, EC JRC

17.30-17.50

Q&A

Open Discussion:

  • How can GEO support the global stocktake with targeted EO-based products?
  • Are there any perceived gaps/synergies in the GEO WP to address the global stocktake? If so, how should these be addressed / exploited?

All speakers

Moderator: Mark Dowell
GEO CC-WG Co-Chair / EC JRC

17.50-18.00

Wrap-up of Day 2

Sara Venturini
Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

Expected outcomes and actions:

  • Increased awareness of activities across the EO community, with link to climate ambition, global stocktake and Paris Agreement
  • Key policy messages on EO and global climate ambition

 

Day 3:  EO for climate finance decisions

23 September, 09.00 - 12.00 CEST

Opening of Day 3

09.00-09.05

Introduction

Welcome and recap from Day 1+2

Sara Venturini
Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

09.10-09.20

GEO Secretariat’s vision on EO and climate finance

Yana Gevorgyan
Director, GEO Secretariat

EO in support of public climate finance

09.20-09.30

How EO can strengthen funding proposals for climate action projects under the Green Climate Fund

Ania Grobicki
Deputy Director of External Affairs, GCF

Joseph Intsiful
Senior Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Specialist, GCF

09.30-09.40

Systematic Observations Financing Facility: innovating finance to support sustained international exchange of foundational weather and climate observations

Markus Repnik
Director of Development Partnerships, WMO

09.40-09.50

Supporting Improved Access to Climate Finance in Pacific SIDS – The CommonSensing Approach

Einar Bjørgo
Director of UNOSAT, UNITAR

Unnikrishnan Nair
Head of Climate Change, The Commonwealth Secretariat

09.50-10.20

Q&A

Open Discussion:

  • How can EO support better access to climate finance by developing countries?
  • How can the GEO community contribute to ongoing or new initiatives?

All speakers

Moderator: John Firth
Senior Director, Climate and Resilience Hub, WTW 

10.20-10.30

Short break

EO in support of private climate finance

10.30-10.40

EO for new risk finance applications

Antoine Bavandi
Senior risk finance specialist, Crisis and Disaster Risk Finance team, the World Bank

10.40-10.50

UNEP FI

David Carlin
TCFD Program Lead, UNEP FI

10.50-11.00

EO-driven Climate Finance in Action

Rabobank ACORN Initiative

Jelmer van de Mortel
Head of ACORN, Rabobank

11.00-11.10

Asset-level Insights for Private Climate Finance

Christophe Christiaen
Sustainable Finance Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult / Innovation and Impact Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

11.10-11.20

GIZ & Allianz RE – SAGABI Project : Pilot Insurance – Climate Finance Mechanism with Cities, Ghana

Dominik Aulehner
Cat Analyst, Allianz Re

Matthias Range
Team Leader, GIZ

Job Udo
Senior Consultant, HKV

11.20-11.30

The Global Resilience Index

Matthew Foote
Senior Director Research and Analytics, Climate and Resilience Hub, WTW

11.30-11.50

Q&A

Open Discussion:

  • How can EO become the next lever in private climate finance?
  • How can the GEO community contribute to ongoing or new initiatives?

All speakers

Moderator: John Firth
Senior Director, Climate and Resilience Hub, WTW 

11:50-12:00

Summary and Workshop Closing

Sara Venturini
Climate Coordinator, GEO Secretariat

Yana Gevorgyan
Director, GEO Secretariat

Expected outcomes and actions:

  • Increased awareness of EO for climate finance among the GEO community, provided through examples of ongoing public and private initiatives
  • Initial discussions over possible contribution of the GEO community to climate finance initiatives and collaborations with key partners
  • Key policy messages on EO and climate finance

 

 

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