Earth observations for sustainable development: perspectives from the developing world

Senay Habtezion
Earth From Space: Content Special Issue 2015

A summary article based on the EOs-Environmental Policy case studies is now online at the Earth From Space Scientific Magazine.
Geospatial technologies could play a significant role in the development and strengthening of national policy and decision-making. Yet, their application in environmental policy support has been rather limited, especially in developing countries, where Earth observations is a relatively young domain and the uptake and usage of geospatial science and technology is constrained by capacity and institutional handicaps. This paper presents a brief summary of insights on the environmental policy support role of Earth observations based on six case studies coordinated by the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START).