Interbalkan Environment Center
The Interbalkan Environment Center (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.
i-BEC supports and co-develops with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki state of the art technologies and innovative research, for sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection. i-BEC is supported by 14 partners, [six decentralized, four regional, three municipal, administrations and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki] so it represents the academic community and every level of public agencies. i-BEC, in partnership with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is a key influencer on environmental research in Greece with more than 200 publications, mostly in international journals.
Internationally, i-BEC is a:
- Participating Organisation in GEO and a Member of the GEO High Level Working Group.
- Full Member of Eurisy
- Partner of Global Soil Partnership (FAO)
- Associate Member of the Network of European Regions using Space Technologies -Nereus
- Member of the GOFC/GOLD (Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) –Fire Mapping and Monitoring Team
Member of the European Algae Biomass Association
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
To collect and share spectral data that contain meticulous recordings from soil samples coupled with precise biophysical and chemical observations. i-BEC promotes the development of a specific methodology to better monitor progress towards sustainable agriculture and natural conservation, while focusing on the assessment of longer term impacts of agricultural dynamics on the environment, on a local as well as a regional scale. The overarching objective is to complement and enhance national data sources in response to specific SDG indicators. We also commit to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration in the field of data for sustainability.