We need to be able to measure the impact of climate change by keeping track of the rising sea levels, extreme weather disasters, and food shortages across the world. Natural resource consumption is expected to rise to 170 percent of the earth’s bio-resource capacity by 2040 (World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

Data and technology can be used to monitor and anticipate climate changes and to aid data-led decision-making, from the farmer in Kenya who received an SMS telling her that conditions will be favorable for planting seeds to the Colombian policymaker modeling urbanization using satellite images. There is much more that can be done to use climate-related data to improve food resilience, increase the number of people insured against flooding, save lives by anticipating life-threatening weather events and more.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has an Environment Data collaborative that fosters knowledge-sharing and data innovation in this area.

"This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a liveable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation."

Leonardo DiCaprio

  

Initiatives

Environment Data Collaborative

Using earth observation and remote sensing data to protect the environment and improve climate resilience.
  

News

July 20, 2016

Global Partnership Announces Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data announced a new multi-million-dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development.
March 20, 2017

Global Partnership Announces Funding for Earth Observation Data Projects

Within the selected projects for the first Innovation Fund, several are focused on the use of earth observations to improve SDG monitoring and environmental data.
  

Partners

Global Pulse
Multilateral Organization
Global Pulse is the United Nations Secretary-General's flagship innovation initiative on big data.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network - The Earth Institute - Columbia University
Academic / Research Institution
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in online data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
I-BEC - Interbalkan Environment Center
Academic / Research Institution
i-BEC is a non-profit and mission oriented international organisation and a public-private network that links local communities and countries in the wider Balkan area, with EU and UN agencies.
  

Resources

Data4SDGs Toolbox

Earth Observation Data to Support the SDGs

Earth observations can track global change in high resolution and in real time, and their use in SDG monitoring and decision-making is essential in capturing the sustainability of developments underpinning the SDG framework. This Data4SDGs Toolbox module explores how Earth observations can be used for action and data-driven decision-making across government, and to support targeted development programmes.