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GEO-CRADLE brings together key players representing the whole (Balkans, N. Africa and M. East) region with the overarching objective of establishing a multi-regional coordination network (the GEO-CRADLE network) that will support the effective integration of existing EO capacities, and contributes to the improved implementation of GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in response to the regional needs.

In this context, GEO-CRADLE lays out an action plan for the definition of region specific (G)EO Maturity Indicators and common priority needs. Through showcasing pilot studies, in the four thematic priority areas of the project which are Climate Change, Raw Materials, Food Security, and Energy, the project attempts to demonstrate how the regional priorities can be tackled by the GEO-CRADLE Network. As outcome of this, the project seek to define the roadmap for the future implementation of GEOSS and Copernicus in the region.

To maximise the impact of the GEO-CRADLE activities, welldefined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are used for the quantified assessment of the impact, identifying potential enabling or constraining factors, while pursuing realistic but also ambitious exploitation scenarios. For efficient project coordination, the project management is assisted by a regional coordination structure, and active liaison with EC, GEO and UN initiatives.

By Project Coordinator Dr. Haris Kontoes

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