Balkan GEO Network

on 23 June 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Balkan GEO Network – Towards Inclusion of Balkan Countries into Global Earth Observation Initiatives

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Partners: ROSA - Romanian Space Agency

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Description: Inclusion of all Balkan countries into GEO and their contribution to GEOSS is of great importance, since only a comprehensive EO framework can lead to better understanding and more intelligent utilization of the environmental resources, increased quality of life and faster economic development. The importance and benefits from participation in global EO initiatives have already been recognized by several Balkan countries. This project aims to identify existing EO-data providers and users in the wider Balkan region, to determine their status, potentials and needs, and to coordinate EO players by establishing proper interfaces and networking between them. A broad analysis of gaps and complementarities of EO activities within the region will be performed, with the emphasis on user needs in the specific context of the Balkan region. The consortium has been carefully constituted to include key players both from EO-data provider and EO-data user communities, from all Balkan countries. Participants from other EU countries are also included to allow straightforward identification of mechanisms for leveraging, developing and coordinating EO capacity building initiatives in the region, and to ensure that the Project outcomes will be in line with the currently designed Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe.

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Activities:

WP1: Project management
WP2: Assessing status, potential and needs of EO communities in the wider Balkan region
WP3: Integrating outcomes of previous EU and regional initiatives
WP4: Analysis of gaps, complementarities and prospective contribution to GEO 
WP5: Scenario development, roadmap and recommendations
WP6: Stakeholders interaction
WP7: Dissemination.

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Project webpage: BalkanGEO