The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is on its way to Marrakesh, Morocco. From 23 to 26 April 2019, as part of the second edition of Capacity Building workshop series, the Agriculture Cluster of the EO4SD initiative will be delivering hands-on presentations about the use and capacities of Earth Observation data and technologies for the benefit of agriculture and rural development in Morocco.
Agriculture contributes around 15 percent to Morocco’s GDP, but it is highly variable from year-to-year. Moreover, agriculture and rural development sector ensures a large number of jobs. Nevertheless, the climate in Morocco poses certain challenges for agricultural productivity, in particular with drought and soil degradation.
Earth Observation (EO) is an invaluable tool to address such challenges. Copernicus, the Earth Observation programme of the European Union, provides the full, free and open access to its data and information globally. The EO4SD initiative has a mission of making sure that countries that can substantially benefit from the skills and knowledge on the usage of Earth Observation data and technologies. Morocco is one of them.
From 23 to 26 April 2019, EO4SD Agriculture cluster will inform the participants about:
- the EO4SD concept and activities;
- the UN Sustainable Development Goals and indicator aims for land degradation;
- the basics of spatial data models;
- open EO data
- the approaches and technologies for image interpretation and classification;
- the possibilities of the use of Remote Sensing for agriculture;
- the availability of land degradation and land cover satellite-based information.
Additionally, the Capacity Building workshop will dedicate a plenty of time for discussions in order to make sure that the workshop goals are perfectly tailored to the attendees’ needs.