This is the page for the projects made by UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva.

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Mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in Eastern Europe and Caucasus



UNEP Director and Regional Representative of the Regional Office for Europe (ROE) agree to cooperate with GRID-Geneva to help Eastern Europe and Caucasus regions to cope several threats that their environment are facing. New tools and techniques can be transferred through capacity building to help national experts identifying these issues and managing them to support national environmental policies. These can help identifying the role of biodiversity and ecosystems into the political agenda. GRID-Geneva has expertise in remote sensing, GIS, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and can help building local capacity through numerous capacity building activities to transfer these tools and technologies.


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Ecosystems Restoration Opportunity Mapping for DRR and CCA (EcoDRR)



UNEP/GRID-Geneva and UNEP/PCDMB are developing a new methodology and global interactive tool for mapping areas where ecosystems can reduce disaster risk. The methology is crossing human exposure to natural hazards (Flood, tropical cyclones, landslides and tsunami), with presence/absence of ecosytems. It allows to prioritize areas where ecosystems should be protected and areas where ecosystems should be restored. This project will also include capacity building.
A global opportunity-mapping tool will be timely as countries are now faced with the challenge to operationalize Eco-DRR and Ecosystem-based adaptation. In 2015 a number of major global agreements were adopted which recognize the key role of ecosystems and ecosystem services in helping achieve reduction in disaster risk, sustainable development and climate change adaptation; these include the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement of UNFCCC CoP21 and the Ramsar Convention Decision XXII.13. As international attention moves from passing global agreements to actual implementation, governments, practitioners and development agencies are seeking to translate these global goals into coordinated national action plans, legislations, and development programs. The opportunity-mapping tool will add value by guiding the implementation of ecosystem-based aspects of these agreements.
The target of the global product is high-level decision makers and practitioners within governments and development agencies. UNEP will initially service a number of priority countries to test the prototype. The initial list will be aligned with the priority countries within the 5-10-50 global initiative, whereby UNDP and partners will support 50 countries over 10 years to deliver better disaster risk-informed developed on 5 critical areas. At a later stage the online opportunity-mapping platform will be made available to the public as an open access tool.


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Placard:PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction



PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction) establishs a comprehensive coordination and knowledge exchange platform for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The platform encourages multi-stakeholder dialogue to address the gaps and fragmentation challenges in current CCA and DRR research, policymaking and practice, and supports the development of an evidence-base for research and innovation policies.

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2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR)



After GAR 2009, GAR 2011 and GAR 2013, GRID-Geneva continues to support the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR). For the GAR 2015, GRID-Geneva improved its methodology for generating a global economic exposure dataset as well as provide a new Global Flood Model with six different returning periods (intensities). All the data produced for GAR 2015 are available through the PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform.


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Integration of climate variability and change into national ICZM strategies: Contribution to the updating of the integrated management plan for coastal zones of the Kerkennah archipelago



Under the MedPartnership program (2009-2015) and ClimVar project for the integration of change and climate variability in the ICZM process (2012-2015), the archipelago of Kerkennah was chosen to implement a demonstration project combining a quantitative approach to assessing the role of ecosystems in the adaptability to climate change (based on the methodology RiVAMP) and the participatory approach Climagine (inspired by the Imagine method developed and applied by the Plan Bleu in the framework of Coastal Area Management Programmes between 2000 and 2005). This choice was guided by the vulnerability of the islands to climate change and human pressures, socio-economic and ecological, cultural and archaeological treasures and the many studies and data available.


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"ECOPOTENTIAL" : Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations



Terrestrial and marine ecosystems provide essential goods and services to human societies. In the last decades, however, anthropogenic pressure has caused serious threat to ecosystem integrity, functions and processes. Knowledge-based conservation, management and restoration policies are thus urgently needed, in order to improve ecosystem benefits in face of increasing pressures. Fundamental to all these is effective monitoring and modelling of the state and trends in ecosystem conditions and services. Best use should be made of existing and incoming Earth Observation and field monitoring data, complemented by appropriate interpretation tools, data services and ecosystem models able to use these data.

The ECOPOTENTIAL project focuses its activities and pilot actions on a targeted set of internationally recognised protected areas (PA) in Europe, European Territories and beyond, including mountain, arid and semi-arid, and coastal and marine ecosystems. Building on the knowledge gained in individual Pas, the ECOPOTENTIAL project will address cross-scale ecological interactions and landscape-ecosystem dynamics at regional to continental scales, using geostatistical methods and the emerging novel approaches in Macrosystems Ecology, which is addressing long-term and large-scale ecological challenges. ECOPOTENTIAL addresses the entire chain of ecosystem-related services, by (a) developing ecosystem data services, with special emphasis on Copernicus services; (b) implementing model output services to distribute the results of the modelling activities; and (c) estimating current and future ecosystem services and benefits, combining ecosystem functions (supply) with beneficiaries needs (demand). In ECOPOTENTIAL all data, model results and acquired knowledge will be made available on common and open platforms, coherent with the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) data sharing principles and fully interoperable with the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).

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MAP-X: The next transparency revolution in the extractive sector



The MAP-X initiative is based on a request from the g7+ group of countries to "develop a partnership that supports stakeholders in the extractives sector to consolidate, analyze and visualize transparency data and other contextual information as a contribution to good governance and conflict prevention."

MAP-X has three basic components:

- Open data platform: a national open data platform for the extractives sector that can be tailor made to local needs, owned by stakeholders and reinforce existing processes (see annex 1);

- Normative data standard and workflow: an open data standard and workflow process for consolidating, validating, reconciling and licensing the data by key Ministries, companies and communities;

- Stakeholder capacity building: a capacity building programme for stakeholders to comply with the standard, manage the workflow and use the open data platform to inform decision making.

By improving digital access to the vast array of information produced by transparency and good governance initiatives, MAP-X can be a transformative tool for strengthening informed participation, dialogue and decision making by all stakeholders in the extractives sector. MAP-X has the potential to improve the quality of stakeholder consultation and resource concession contracts, support reforms in natural resource governance, promote more equitable benefits sharing, and enhance the performance monitoring of the sector at the concession level. With improved transparency and stakeholder confidence in government, MAP-X could also help support due diligence and risk identification for extractive investments as well as promote a higher quality of international investment to the extractives sector.

GRID-Geneva is responsible for the development of the MAP-X platform, entirely based on open-source solution. GRID-Geneva is also deeply involved into the deployment of the platform in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with participation to stakeholder dialogues and capacity building activities.


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WATERLENS - Water Availability, Improved Monitoring, Forecasting and Control of Water Availability, Quality and Distribution



The objective of the WATERLENS project is to understand water boards and water companies’ needs to improve the monitoring, forecasting and/or control of availability and quality of raw and/or treated water. The project shall investigate new services to be developed to meet users’ needs with the aim to develop and maintain a resilient, cost-effective and sustainable water supply chain for public and private water providers, environmental agencies, the industrial/energy and agricultural sector and other water user groups. The development of new services comprises a technical fold and an economical fold, including the assessment of business opportunities. From a technical point of view the new services will be operated in an operational architecture, and the added value of space assets (e.g. Satcom, Satnav and Earth observation) will be evaluated.


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GEO Africa StoryMap: Africa’s demographic challenges and opportunities



As a GEO side product, a draft story map on the UNEP Africa’s demographic challenges and opportunities has been produced. This story map is based on UNEP’s GEO-6 Africa Regional Assessment. Africa’s demographic changes provide both challenges and opportunities for a transition to a sustainable future. Rapidly expanding populations can stress ecosystems and accelerate environmental degradation. In addition, environmental degradation and climate change add further pressures to achieving the social and economic objectives of sustainable development. However, a young and growing population provides unparalleled opportunities to engage in social innovation and entrepreneurism as well as provide the next generation of stewards for the environment.


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