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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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Keynote Speakers during the opening ceremony

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


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 The 2015 Eye on Earth Summit began today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with an opening ceremony featuring keynote speeches from: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD); Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE.

Following the opening ceremony, welcoming addresses were delivered to the plenary by: Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency; Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director of Energy and Climate Change, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network; Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and President, Planet Labs; and Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Founder, Cousteau Divers.

Seven sessions convened in the afternoon, focusing on data demand in areas such as policymaking, biodiversity monitoring, the Arab region, sustainable development, meeting donors’ information needs, health and business performance.

In the evening, UNEP launched the ‘Implementation Guide for the UNEP Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.’ Launch events also highlighted the Africa Mountain Atlas and partnerships for conservation of migratory species in the Gulf. A number of side events were also held throughout the evening.

Following an evening reception, Jacqueline McClade, UNEP, presented a wrap-up of the Summit’s first day and announced the winner of the Data Visualization Challenge, Airscapes Singapore.

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Opening Ceremony: Convene, Converge, Collaborate

Participants watched a video of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ​Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,
about his commitment to the protection and conservation of the environment.


Keynote Speaker Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, UAE


Keynote Speaker Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP


Keynote Speaker Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE


Welcoming Plenary: Data Revolution

Thani Al-Zeyoudi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE, and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF

Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and President, Planet Labs


Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

On Wednesday morning, Eye on Earth 2015 delegates convened in a plenary on data revolution-data supply side with remarks from: Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO; Philemon Mjwara, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Mary Glackin, The Weather Company; Muki Haklay, University College London; Christopher Tucker, MapStory Foundation; and Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship. The winner of the blogging competition, Elizabeth Tyson, was also honored.

Fourteen sessions convened throughout the day, covering, in relation to data supply: the Global Network of Networks (GNON), small island developing States (SIDS), Arab civil society, sustainable development, urbanization, innovations, water security, oceans and blue carbon, costs of data generation and maintenance, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring, citizen science, refugees and vulnerable populations, enabling conditions, and global frameworks.

Side events during the day focused on, inter alia: the GNON concept; regional data in Europe, Africa, and the Americas; the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES); water in the Gulf States; and citizen scientists. A number of launch events happened, including for MyUnea.org and the MAWARED Data Community Portal.

In the evening, a plenary on reaching audiences through innovations in visualization featured presentations from: Janet Ranganathan, WRI; Craig Mills, Vizzuality; Angela Lungati, Ushahidi; and Trista Patterson, GRID Arendal. Jacqueline McGlade announced the winner of the Citizen Science Challenge, ‘Logging Roads!’. Barbara Ryan summarized day two and invited delegates to a networking reception.

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The three finalist teams of the Citizen Science Challenge pose for a photo at the end of Wednesday’s proceedings.


Plenary - Data Revolution - Data Supply Side

Elizabeth Tyson (center), winner of the blogging competition, accompanied by Ahmed Abdulmuttaleb Baharoon (left), Executive Director, AGEDI, and Barbara Ryan (right), Secretariat Director, GEO

Moderator Nima Abu Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist


Panelists during the presentation from Barbara Ryan (on screen), Secretariat Director, GEO (L-R) Philemon Mjwara, Director General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Mary Glackin, The Weather Company; Muki Haklay, University College London; Christopher Tucker, MapStory Foundation; and Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship


Tracks

Panelists in the session on ‘It’s an Urban World!’ (L-R) Moderator Fernando Echavarria, US Department of State; Rosario Giusti de Pérez, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Venezuela; Kirstin Miller, Ecocity Builders; Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI; Michele Petochi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne; Marsha Goldberg, Association of American Geographers; and Costis Toregas, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute


Panelists in the session on ‘Arab Civil Society – An Eye on Earth’ (L-R) Ayman Rabi, Executive Director, Palestinian
Hydrology Group; Yomn El Hamaky, Egyptian Sustainable Development Forum; Mufleh Abbadi, IUCN; Emad Adly,
Arab Network forEnvironment and Development; Fatma Zerouati, Environmental Journalist, Algeria;
and Salvatore Nigro, Education for Employment (EFE), Middle East and North Africa Region


Panelists in the session on ‘Mobilising Data to Support Decision Making for SIDS’ (L-R) Aboud Jumbe, ISLANDS Project;
Floyd Homer, Independent Consultant; Asha Singh, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States; Aditya
Agrawal
on behalf of GLISPA; and Corinne Martin, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)


Panelists in the session on ‘Connecting Networks to Support Environmental Sustainability: What Global Network of Networks Can Do for You!’ (L-R) Moderator Bruce McCormack, European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information; Rob Atkinson, Metalinkage; Steven Browdy, OMS Tech; Sabah Nait, Environment Agency Austria; David Stanners, European Environment Agency; Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas, Pan American Institute for Geography and History; and Gail Hodge, Information International Associates


Panelists in the session on ‘Data for Sustainable Development’ (L-R) Paul Van Gardingen, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme; Moderator Janet Ranganathan, WRI; Marc Levy, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN); Louis Liebenberg, CyberTracker Conservation; and Gary Lawrence, Former Vice President, AECOM Technology Corporation


Thursday, 8 October 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


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


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


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


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


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