WGIC Executive Director Barbara Ryan was featured at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy (WGCapD). She discussed the role of Earth Observation Capacity Development In Meeting Global Challenges – including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement (for Climate) and the Sendai Framework (for Disasters). One of these concern supporting decision-makers. We should be strengthening their skills in Earth Observation data management, analysis and application.
She was followed by an expert panel discussing Earth Observation capacity development in the decade ahead. As WGCapD looks at its next ten years, this Panel explored emerging Earth Observation capacity development needs together with strategies for streamlining cooperation. Through an interview format, leaders in capacity development from outside CEOS, like Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) were asked to share their approaches, successes and challenges, as well as perspectives on critical gaps and new opportunities.