Workshop on Land Productivity Indicators
The 2nd Dryland User Consultation Meeting was hosted by the UNCCD secretariat in Bonn and took place from July 7 to July 9. It was conceived as a workshop called "Workshop on Land Productivity Indicators for Drylands" and was attended by approximately 20 experts including UNCCD staff, national UNCCD focal point representatives, the CBD representative on drylands, as well as the project consultants, project staff and the Diversity II project officer from ESA, Marc Paganini.
The agenda started out with introduction presentations from ESA and project sides, and reviews of the activities and information needs of the UNCCD, CBD, as well as GEO BON and CEOS Biodiversity (7th of July). The second day was dedicated to presentations of remote sensing experts from DLR, JRC and various universities, as well as regional representatives, and a detailed review of the activities and results obtained up to now in the dryland part of Diversity II. An important and often recurring topic of presentations and discussions was the question of how far in their classification and assessment the offered Earth observation based products related to land productivity and condition should go, and how they can be integrated into the national settings of the countries, which are partly quite remote from Earth observation experiences.
The last day, 9th of July, was used for a review of the Diversity II approaches and proposals for final, "second order" products. Some suggestions and ideas previously made by the participating experts were integrated in this presentation and further discussed. Further on, the planned ongoing activities of ESA and Copernicus in the EO data segment, especially the Sentinels, and the service segment were presented with a view to their significance for ongoing activities on drylands.
The participants agreed that the workshop was very helpful in reflecting on the essential questions of how to implement which products for the UNCCD and CBD reporting duties. In this way it was extremely useful for the further definition and dissemination of the project outcomes for drylands.
The project is absolutely grateful to the UNCCD responsible and all participants for making this happen.
Workshop on Land Productivity Indicators Agenda
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