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Remote sensing in development cooperation

Topic: “Protection of our livelihoods – environment and natural resources”

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Focus: Forest protection and water resource management

Tropical forest ecosystems are home to one of the greatest variety of species on the planet and mangroves protect coasts from erosion caused by flooding. But deforestation is massively reducing the size of forests worldwide. Around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by deforestation and forest degradation. The tropical rainforests of the Amazon and the mountain rainforests on Borneo and Sumatra for example. They are some of the last great wilderness areas on our planet. One intention of the Agenda 2030 with sustainability goal (SDG) 15 “Life on land” is to protect these forests.

The combination of climate change, population and economic growth is placing forests as well as the natural water resources under ever-increasing pressure. Agriculture is the main culprit in terms of water use and also represents the greatest potential for protecting water resources. Water security for all is the basic idea behind sustainability goal (SDG) 6 “Clean water and sanitation for all”.

The protection and conservative management of forests and water resources require reliable information on the state of these resources and on their actual use. But this information is often not available or cannot be collected on site for reasons of cost. This site tells you more about how remote sensing is used in this area.

Example projects and applications in the field of water

Here you will find inspirational projects in which remote sensing has been successfully used in the area of water research in development cooperation projects. You will also find out more about freely available data portals and their possible applications.

Example projects and applications in the field of forests

Here you will find inspirational projects in which remote sensing has been successfully used in the area of forests in development cooperation projects. You will also find out more about freely available data portals and their possible applications.

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