Amidst undeniable evidence of anthropogenic climate change and international treaties spotlighting the urgency, slow transition to a green economy exacerbates temperature rise, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. This inertia amplifies climate risks, deepens poverty for 120 million people in the last three years and hinders progress toward UN SDGs by 2030. The path to a net-zero world offers a transformative opportunity for sustainable economic growth, contingent on substantial long-term investments, innovative economic models, and technology-driven solutions. Geospatial technology, a cornerstone, facilitates precise climate analysis, adaptative strategies, and inclusive economic development yet to be harnessed for maximum impact.
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Head of Department
University of Salzburg
Thomas Blaschke is a Professor at the University of Salzburg and Deputy Head of Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS. He also acts as the director of the Doctoral College GIScience and serves at various editorial boards and commissions including ISPRS and the ESA Earth Observation advisory board. His research interests include methodological issues of the integration of GIS, remote sensing and image processing also with aspects of citizen participation and human-environment interaction. Prior positions comprise several lecturer, senior lecturer and professor positions in Germany, Austria and the UK as well as temporary affiliations as guest professor and visiting scientist in Germany and the US including a Fulbright professorship. His academic record yields 370+ scientific publications including 130 journal publications.
Head - Innovation
Metropolitan City of Bologna
Marino Cavallo has relevant experience in the economic sector and he developed many analyses and studies about the relations between social and economic issues (considering the role of ICT technology and New Media). He worked for over 20 years in Local and Territorial Authorities in Italy. In this period he achieved knowledge and experiences about public administration, innovation processes, projects to stimulate local and regional development. Moreover he started successful activities for the managing of European Projects and Programmes of interregional cooperation between the different countries of the EU. Marino is Head of the Department Research, Innovation and Management of EU Projects in the Metropolitan City of Bologna (Italy).
Director Geospatial Institute
Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is an author, educator and advocate for the applied use of GIS across disciplines. Dr. Steinberg is President for the Southern California Chapter of URISA 2023. Sheila leads the integration of innovative geospatial concepts and curriculum design into micro-credentials, certificates and programs at UMass Global. She is a co-author of Resilient Communities Across Geographies Esri Press (2021) and GIS Research Methods for Esri Press (2015); Extreme Weather, Health and Communities: Interdisciplinary Engagement Strategies for Springer Press (Springer Press 2016). Steinberg is a keynote speaker at professional conferences and international meetings and creates partnerships for how to use GIS to solve problems. Her research focuses on the connection between people, places and environments considering local knowledge, networks and the power of community engagement using GIS.
Senior Researcher Informatics and Programme Lead Land Mapping
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Seiz SG Advisory (on behalf of World Geospatial Industry Council WGIC)
University of Twente
Dr. Mila Koeva, an Associate Professor at the University Twente's International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in The Netherlands, is a distinguished figure in the field of geospatial science. Holding a Ph.D. in "3D modelling in architectural photogrammetry" from the University of Architecture, Civil engineering, and Geodesy in Sofia, along with an MSc. degree in Engineering (Geodesy), she brings extensive expertise in 3D land information, Digital Twins, and 3D Cadastre.
With a career spanning a decade as a photogrammetric specialist and department head, and three years in a private organization leading EU projects, Dr. Koeva's focus lies in innovative geospatial and machine learning methods for 3D urban modeling and cadastral applications. Her leadership in the EU Horizon 2020 project its4land underscores her commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration.
Recognized for her scientific contributions, Dr. Koeva actively participates in international professional organizations, chairing working groups, and organizing scientific events. Her engagement extends to guest lectures, keynote speeches, and editorial roles for various publications, reflecting her dedication to advancing the field. As a teacher, she has been acknowledged as one of the top educators at ITC, further showcasing her commitment to education and mentorship in the geospatial domain.
Climate Data Scientist, Science & Infrastructure Operations (SIO)
Representative to the European Union, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
Mr. Christophe YVETOT is the UNIDO Representative to the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the Organisation of ACP States, Belgium and Luxembourg in Brussels.
An international lawyer, he has over 25 years of experience in international development in various organisations including as representative of UNIDO to the European Union, to Senegal and the Sahel, as policy officer in the office of the Director general in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Chief of Cabinet in the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
He has contributed to many international conferences, workshops and meetings as moderator and speaker as well as to international reports and publications.
Deputy General Director of Natural Resources and Environment
National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI)
Rodolfo Orozco Galvez, an Agricultural Engineer specializing in soils, is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). He furthered his academic journey by obtaining a Doctorate in Agronomy from the prestigious Universitat de Lleida (University of Lerida) in Spain.
Since 2020, Rodolfo has been serving as the Deputy General Director of Natural Resources and Environment, overseeing the generation, analysis, and dissemination of geographic and statistical information concerning the environment and natural resources. His responsibilities encompass projects and studies focusing on biodiversity, water resources, soil health, vegetation dynamics, and waste management. Prior to this role, he held a key position at INEGI as the Director of Competence Analysis and Environmental and Natural Resources Scenarios.
Rodolfo's career spans across diverse sectors, ranging from rural production to the private industry. In the public sector, he held significant roles such as Director of the National Forest Registry and Management System at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. He also served as Director of the Documentation and Events Coordination Center Unit at the Ministry of Economy. His tenure as General Coordinator of Planning and Information at the National Forestry Commission, as well as the position of executive director of Sector Analysis at the National Financial Institution for Agricultural, Rural, Forestry and Fisheries Development, showcased his commitment to sustainable resource management.
In the private sphere, Rodolfo's leadership as General Director of PRODECISION, SC, a consulting firm specializing in rural development, environmental issues, and information systems, has been instrumental. Additionally, his pivotal role in establishing an automotive industrial company, underscores his versatility as a manager in Human Resources and General Affairs. In academia, Rodolfo has excelled as a researcher focusing on hydroponics under controlled conditions as an alternative to traditional soil-based horticultural practices. His passion for knowledge sharing led him to teach at several private universities as ITESM (Tec de Monterrey), where he also served as director and consultant at the International Agribusiness Center, and at Universidad Panamericana (UP) covering a wide array of subjects including Physics, international agribusiness, leadership, business consulting, ecology, and sustainable development.
USC Professor and Founding Director
Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Polish Space Agency - POLSA
Former Additional Chief Secretary
Government of Karnataka, GoI
Given the urgency of preserving our Planet, simultaneously running businesses, what are we doing to create knowledge and information to take action on the same? And where must we take action? One of the best answers lie in Satellite data. Building ‘Earth’ data and knowledge through Earth Observation has served various purposes and is indispensable. How far is EO developed and developing to take up the challenge of developing resilient economies?
What does our planet require? Immediate action to safeguard environmental resources, and business assets. To be resilient, adaptable and sustainable in all possible scenarios. Another round of action is predominantly required to emerge from businesses towards responding to environment, social and governance impacts created that risk the Planet, People and Profit. Businesses drive economic growth of nations along with government’s policies leading to economic growth.
Businesses cooperating with the current environment and resource availability. Business continuity from risks imposed from environmental limitations. Mitigate climate risks through decarbonization, geospatial technologies, climate risk modelling, data collection, monitoring, and environmental scoring for sustainable business practices and resilience. Measuring relationships with stakeholders and how that is managed, matters a great deal towards maintaining the created value and culture and envisioned business goals. This entails estimating direct impact of non financial materiality such as social and governance considerations.
Leveraging geospatial and allied technology presents a promising avenue for augmenting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) adoption. With mapping, satellite imagery, and data analytics, businesses can gain unprecedented insights into environmental impact assessments, supply chain transparency, and social risk management. This integration enhances corporate accountability, ultimately driving the alignment of business objectives with ESG principles for resilient business future.
Utilize finance mechanisms, public-private partnerships, and ESG integration to tackle climate risks, drive innovation, and foster sustainability, leveraging collaborative efforts and tailored financing models for transformative impact.
Earth Observation data can inform climate resilient practices and contribute to the long-term health of various sectors. Prioritizing foundational securities in food, water, forest and biodiversity systems, glacial and spring systems and many more. Transformation for resilience for the following sectors will be discussed in this session.
Earth Observation data can inform climate resilient practices and contribute to the long-term health of various sectors. Industries and cities need to be secured from imminent climate change risks and they must be made adaptable. Transformation for resilience for the following sectors will be discussed in this session.
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