EuroGEO is Europe’s part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which is a worldwide network working to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which aims to use earth surveillance data to improve society and help policymakers make evidence-based decisions. GEO works towards a future where change in legislation is based on coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.
EuroGEO organises an annual workshop, which brings together key European actors, who gather to work towards contributing to GEO’s mission. MAMBO partner Pierre Bonnet took part in the workshop held between 7-9 December 2022 in Athens, Greece and presented MAMBO and its work plan.
This workshop was organised by the European Commission, the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation of the Hellenic Ministry of Development and Investments, as well as the Greek GEO Office operating within the National Observatory of Athens.
The objectives for the EuroGEO annual workshops are to look for synergies across projects and initiatives, design effective regional governance activating national mechanisms, and offer networking opportunities to the participants among other things.
Dr Bonnet gave a talk in one of the workshop’s parallel sessions entitled "Environmental observation for biodiversity – latest developments in terms of governance and projects", during which, in addition to MAMBO, other important European and international initiatives were presented such as: Biodiversa+; EuropaBon; GBIF; eLTER; Lifeatch and ANAEEE.
With regards to MAMBO, Dr Bonnet outlined the project’s timeline, budget, and partner institutions as well as the project objectives to create and test novel tools for biodiversity monitoring and contribute to an integrated European biodiversity monitoring system. The presentation also focused on the different work packages and their interactions and synergies together with delineating MAMBO’s approach to data collection and subsequent knowledge extraction. Dr Bonnet ended with presenting the MAMBO demonstration sites and the tasks that will be supported through on-the-ground testing.
MAMBO welcomes opportunities like the EuroGEO 2022 workshop in Athens, where it can portray its value as an EU-funded project to a large audience of interested stakeholders.
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