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Virtual Event on the use of geospatial data and tools for Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Development

On 15 September 2022, the virtual event "Geospatial for sustainable agriculture and urban development in Africa" was organized to share knowledge and experiences on the use of geospatial data and tools for sustainable agriculture and urban development. It was organised by the Geospatial Unit of the Land and Water Division (NSL) of FAO in collaboration with the Sahel and West African Club, the GeoPolis Institute/AfricaPolis, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), WorldPop at the University of Southampton and the Free University of Amsterdam. A total of 91 participants (31 women and 60 men) attended the event. During the event, technical discussions focused on the use of geospatial data and tools, as well as technical challenges and opportunities at municipal, national and regional levels. The panelists also presented case studies of geospatial indicators produced in the context of the Green City Indicators and Sustainable Development Goals. This virtual event aims to raise awareness on the potential of geospatial for sustainable urban and rural development. During the event, participants emphasised the need for capacity building through technical sessions and training, the use of remote sensing to identify key indicators for sustainable agriculture and urban development, and the development of a platform to share experiences and case studies. The use of global tools where access to data and information is lacking was also mentioned as a pragmatic solution to overcome the lack of data availability in many regions.