In the framework of this conference, ESA will hold a side event along with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) on sustaining systematic climate observations from space. The Agency’s Climate Change Initiative and the Sentinel satellite series will be one of the key points on the agenda. Furthermore, ESA is running an exhibit entitled “Global Monitoring of our Climate” during the two weeks of COP 17.
In addition, one of the side events will focus also on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) scheme. REDD+ uses satellite observations of forests and involves developed and developing countries working together for carbon offsetting. The scheme is currently implementing the GMES Service Element on Forest Monitoring services in Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
More information is available at “COP17”: http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/