Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Google Earth Outreach

The Google Earth Outreach program supports nonprofits, educators and indigenous communities in applying Google's mapping tools, such as Google Earth and Earth Engine, to the world's most pressing problems in environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. We support regional transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as a regional knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional and global centres of excellence. Overall, we are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream – now, and for the future.
ICIMOD serves as the Hindu Kush Himalayan hub of SERVIR – a joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). SERVIR promotes and enables the use of Earth Observation (EO) and geospatial technologies for improved environmental and developmental decision-making with the following thematic foci: food security and agriculture; water resources and hydro-climatic disasters; land cover, land use change and ecosystems; and weather and climate services. ICIMOD also supports the Himalayan Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) community as a platform for regional collaboration.


The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, in short ‘Kadaster’ collects and registers administrative and spatial data of property and the rights involved. This also includes ships, aircraft and telecom networks. In doing so, Kadaster protects legal certainty. It is responsible for national mapping and maintenance of the national reference coordinate system. Furthermore, the organisation is an advisory body for land-use issues and national spatial data infrastructures. Its information is available through online web services. Kadaster maintains the Key Registers Cadastre and Topography.
Kadaster is a non-departmental public body, which is managed by a Board. The Cadastre Act defines statutory tasks and responsibilities. As a public body, Kadaster is dedicated to contribute to a better society, making use of appropriate technologies and adopting innovative approaches.


Radiant.Earth is a non-profit organization, committed to ensuring the global development community (GDC) has greater access to Earth imagery, analytical tools and knowledge for positive, even transformative global impact. Founded in 2016 in response to continuous calls by the GDC to improve discovery of Earth imagery, as well as expand collaboration and capacity building among the community and innovators worldwide, Radiant.Earth provides an open technology platform that connects people to the vast resources of Earth imagery, geospatial data, tools and knowledge, accelerating improved decision-making and fueling new solutions, discoveries and innovations. Radiant.Earth’s primary focus is on open data resources, but also works closely with commercial providers to expose users to the most appropriate solutions.


WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. We organize our work around six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future:
1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
6. Sustainable Cities: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.

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The Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

GEO is an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations (EO) for the benefit of society. GEO strives to actively improve and coordinate global EO systems and promote broad, open data sharing. GEO’s 105 Members countries and 115 Participating Organizations work together to develop and implement projects and initiatives that solve global problems. In addition to the 60+ Work Programme activities being implemented under GEO, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and has already made available over 400 million data and information resources via


The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.

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