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Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 - Convene, Converge, Collaborate

6-8 October 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


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L-R: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General, EAD; Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP; Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, GEO; Janet Ranganathan, WRI; and Thomas Brooks, IUCN

Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 On Thursday morning, Eye on Earth 2015 delegates convened in a plenary on creating the enabling environment, with remarks from: Jim Toomey, Syndicated Cartoonist, ‘Sherman's Lagoon’; Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN; Enrico Giovannini, Rome University; Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI; and Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International.

Five sessions convened in the morning, covering, in relation to enabling conditions: policies, partnerships and open data; education; Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration; regional cooperation; and ensuring capabilities exist.

Side and launch events during the day focused on, inter alia: the regional GEO-6 assessments in West Asia and the Asia-Pacific; mapping global ecosystems; the Environmental Democracy Index; open data and island resiliency; innovation and tradition; and the European Environment—State and Outlook 2015 report.

In the afternoon, a plenary on cutting-edge Eye on Earth considered the next generation of remote sensing and location-enabling applications. During a segment titled ‘Feet in the Field,’ delegates heard examples of building and maintaining professional human capacity to collect data on the ground and in the water. After a panel discussion on the Summit outcomes, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General, EAD, delivered closing remarks.

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Plenary - Creating the Enabling Environment

Jim Toomey, Syndicated Cartoonist ‘Sherman’s Lagoon’

Moderator Nima Abu Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist


Participants watched a video on blue carbon created by cartoonist Jim Toomey in partnership with UNEP​


L-R: Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN; Enrico Giovannini, Rome University;
Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International; and Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI


Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN


Enrico Giovannini, Rome University

Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI


Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International


Participants listening to Enrico Giovannini’s intervention


Tracks

Panelists in the session on ‘Policies, Partnerships and Open Data for Sustainable Development’ (L-R) Moderator William Sonntag, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Simon Hodson, Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA); Paul Uhlir, National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Chuang Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Leida Rijnhout, European Environmental Bureau (EEB); and Chukwudozie Ezigbalike, UNECA


Panelists in the session on ‘Regional Innovative Approaches for Cross Regional Cooperation in Knowledge Sharing’ (L-R) David Stanners, European Environment Agency (EEA); Ahmed Abdelrehim, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE); Frank Turyatunga, UNEP; Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas, Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH); Sabah Nait, Environment Agency Austria; Peter King, Asian Environmental compliance and enforcement network (AECEN); and Costis Toregas, George Washington University


Panelists in the session on ‘Ensuring the Capabilities Exist’ (L-R) Andiswa Mlisa, GEO; Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship; Luiz Machado, National Institute of Space Research, Brazil; Jurry de la Mar, T Systems; Wilbur Ottichilo, Kenya National Assembly


Panelists in the session on ‘Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration for Better Environmental Governance and Access for All in Different Regions’ (L-R) Moderator Alexander Juras, UNEP; Carlos de Miguel, ECLAC; Andrea Sanhuesa, The Access Initiative (TAI) Chile; Danielle Andrade, TAI Jamaica; Tsvetelina Filipova, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe; Jeremy Wates, EEB; and Stephen Stec, Central European University


Panelists in the session on ‘Education for Sustaining the Planet’ (L-R) Brian Waswala, UNEP; Viktor Lagutov, Central European University; Mahesh Pradhan, UNEP; Emily Nilson, Central European University; Gayatri Raghwa, EAD; Ashoka Finley, Ecocity Builders; Ed Parsons, Google; and Marcos Silva, CITES


Plenary - Cutting Edge Eye on Earth

L-R: Craig Hanson, WRI; Taner Kodanaz, DigitalGlobe; Anil Kumar, EAD; Lian Pin Koh, Conservation Drones; Justin Saunders, emapsite.com; and Steven Ramage, what3words


Craig Hanson, WRI

Taner Kodanaz, DigitalGlobe


Lian Pin Koh, Conservation Drones

Anil Kumar, EAD


Justin Saunders, emapsite.com

Steven Ramage, what3words


Participants watched a video during Steven Ramage’s presentation


Sandrine Mathieu, Thales Alenia Space


Plenary - Feet in the Field

Moderator Stuart Paterson, Conservation Leadership Programme

David Kuria, Kijabe Environment Volunteers


Alberto Campos, Aquasis

Jean-Christophe Vié, IUCN


Nicolas Heard, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ)

Jacky Judas, MBZ


Ayesha Yousef Al Blooshi, EAD


Wrap-Up and Closing Plenary

L-R: Nima Abu Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist, moderated a panel discussion with Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General, EAD; Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP; Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, GEO; Janet Ranganathan, WRI; and Thomas Brooks, IUCN


Participants during the wrap-up discussion


Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General, EAD, delivering closing remarks


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