Discovery Day 2016: Spatial Data Infrastructure in support of good land governance

Sheikh Zayed Centre (FAO Headquarters)
 Rome time

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Union Joint Research Center and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are jointly organizing a DISCOVERY DAY event to raise awareness about the available technologies, data and services in support of the Global Agenda.


The main session (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) presents the European Union Spatial Data Infrastructure; the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (a cooperation between the National Mapping Agencies of Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA and Denmark) Good practices from UK in support of government institutions to make best use of available geospatial applications; DigitalGlobe experience on Harnessing Big Data for geospatial governance and Google Geospatial Tools for good land governance.


Opening Speech
Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division, FAO


Technology contribution to improve governance of tenure 

FAO/World Bank support – Examples from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Rumyana Tonchovska, Senior Land Administration - IT Officer, OPCL, FAO


European Union Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)

Global Dimension. Social and Economic benefits. Regional SDI: Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure

Alexander Kotsev, European Commission, DG JRC


Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure 

The Arctic SDI – a cooperation between the 8 National Mapping Agencies of Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA and Denmark, including the administrations of the Faroe Islands Home Rule and the Greenland Self-Government.

Kåre Kyrkjeeide, Head of Geographic Infrastructure Department, Norwegian Mapping Authority


UK Experience in supporting Government to make best use of satellite applications 

Roadmap for the use of Earth Observation across Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) 2015-2020.

John Vesey, Lead Space Innovation Facilitator, Satellite Applications Catapult


Google Geospatial Tools for Good Land Governance 

Gino Miceli, Google Map Team, New York


Harnessing Big Data for Geospatial Governance 

Iain MacInnes, Sr. Regional Sales Manager (Europe), DigitalGlobe



Topics: Environment/Natural resources
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