Speaker Bio & Abstract

Annemarie Klaasse Project Manager
The Netherlands

BiographyAs part of the agricultural and rural development cluster of the European Space Agency (ESA) EO4SD initiative, Annemarie Klaasse aims to mainstream earth observation data in the daily operations of the Multilateral Development Banks.

Annemarie has 18 years of experience in the use of satellite earth observation data and algorithms for environmental applications. In 2005 she joined eLEAF, a high-tech company in satellite services for crop production and water management. Besides her solid technical background, Annemarie is a good communicator that can translate satellite data into valuable information for the end-user.

Annemarie holds a MSc in Soil and Water Conservation & Remote Sensing from Wageningen University (2001), the #1 agricultural university of 2017. Abstract Annemarie Klaasse, Remco Dost | eLEAF
Almudena Velasco Rodriguez | Spacetec
Arjen Vrielink | Satelligence
Eva Haas | GeoVille
Evelyn Aparcio Medrano | Nelen & Schuurmans
Improving agricultural productivity is instrumental to achieve SDG2 (end hunger). This requires sustainable food production systems that use land and water resources more efficient, maintain ecosystems, and are climate resilient. To achieve this, information is a key resource that can be difficult to obtain.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) initiative to demonstrate to the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and their Client States that satellite Earth Observation based services can support their investments in the planning, operational and evaluation phases. This paper highlights demonstrations performed in Africa, Asia and Latin America in this context. The demonstrations showcased how to measure agricultural productivity, improve water resources management, and foster sustainable land management. Services offered include agricultural productivity assessments, crop area and type estimates, irrigation management, sustainable land management, and environmental impact assessment of agriculture.