In the Spotlights
Followed by the signing of MoU, Environmental Systems Laboratory in cooperation with JRC is organizing summer workshops run through the ISEPEI project.
At the second Eye on Earth Summit, held from October 6-8, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, over 650 delegates representing governments, international organizations, private sector entities, civil society, and academia convened to elicit international action to improve data for sustainable development. Project Director Viktor Lagutov and Project Manager Emily Nilson showcased ISEPEI's achievements in several sessions throughout the 3-day event. (Photo Credit: EoE)
After several months of preparation, development of partnerships, and collection of case studies, ISEPEI is excited to report the launch of the “ICTs for Water Security” training manual online at http://isepei.org/training-manual. The training manual was launched last week at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi. We are still accepting case studies to add to the collection - contact us to submit a case today.
Decision-makers are faced with the constant challenge of maintaining access to and understanding new technologies and data, as information and communication technologies (ICTs) are constantly evolving and as more and more data is becoming available. Despite continually improving technologies, informed decision-making is being hindered by inadequate attention to enabling conditions, e.g. a lack of in-service education and professional training for decision-makers. Decision-makers are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution and to better shape management strategies and make more informed, data-driven decisions if they have a periodic overview of emerging technologies and their potential applications.
ISEPEI, the joint project of UNEP's Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) and Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), was launched in 2013 to bridge this gap between decision-makers and ICTs. Through a series of international capacity building events, ISEPEI has connected United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, ICT experts, and environmental practitioners, bringing professionals up-to-date on the latest advances in ICTs and their potential use in a wide variety of applications.
The project began as a part of Eye on Earth, a global initiative comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders from around the world, striving to enable the generation, maintenance and application of environmental, societal and economic data and information to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. Originally developed as an Eye on Environmental Education Special Initiative project, ISEPEI has been actively developing and strengthening synergies with other thematic initiatives within the Eye on Earth movement, including Eye on Water Security, Eye on Disaster Management, and Eye on Community Sustainability and Resiliency. The work of the ISEPEI Project and of Eye on Earth stakeholders around the world was recently highlighted at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi October 6-8, 2015.
For the third year in a row, ISEPEI will be conducting a set of international workshops in July 2016. These two workshops, examining ICT application in the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in disaster risk reduction, will once again bring together environmental and ICT industry leaders, expanding decision-makers capacity to make more informed, data-driven decisions. READ MORE ABOUT EVENTS >>