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Objective(s) of the engagement

This partnership aims at leveraging Google’s technical expertise in geospatial products (such as the Google Earth Engine) to enhance FAO-led initiatives for the monitoring of natural resources, livelihoods and the environment. This includes promoting the application of these tools through trainings and events such as conferences and fora.

Thematic area of partnership
Global, North America, Global or Regional
Engagement Mechanisms
Technical cooperation, Knowledge and research, Innovation, Data sharing and dissemination
Progress to date
  • Launch of a training programme in the forestry sector in to support the establishment National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) in 19 countries, including training of 19 teams of experts on the use of Remote Sensing and GIS techniques for forest monitoring undertaken
  • Explored the various uses of the Google Earth Engine that include facilitating data collection, analysis and access in addressing specific problems, namely desert locusts, greenhouse gases, deforestation and forest degradation, and vessel registration
  • Google Engine adopted by FAO’s Emergency Center for Locust Operations as a tool to improve the forecasting and control of outbreaks of this pest
  • 25 FAO Member States have reported land-use data to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Assistance provided for the development of the FAO Atlas of Automatic Identification System (AIS)-based Fishing Footprint and Effort in partnership with Global Fishing Watch

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Country of registry
United States of America
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