CORE WORKSHOP - Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs 2020

Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Date: 22 26 June 2020

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020

How can geospatial technologies and remote sensing monitor the progress towards SDGs relater to water and health?

Despite the tremendous potential of employing geospatial technologies in evidence-based and more knowledgeable decision-making, there is still a gap between the technologies and their practical implementation to develop better environmental policies.

Furthermore, geospatial technologies and remote sensing are constantly changing, making it even more difficult for environmental professionals to stay updated on technology developments and their practical use. This course provides an opportunity for water and health practitioners to learn about the latest advancements and best practices from geospatial industry leaders, global key stakeholders, and other participants.


The workshop provides an opportunity to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing and see how these technologies can be applied to the monitoring of some SDGs: sustainable water management and sanitation; improving resilience and sustainability of cities and urban settlements; conservation of the world’s oceans; sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and more. The main topics include:

  • Remote sensing;
  • Geospatial technologies;
  • Data collection;
  • Decision Support Systems (DSS);
  • Satellite-based earth monitoring for environmental management.

The course will include a plenary session featuring presentations by the world ICTs leaders (Esri, Google, Planet, etc.) and practitioners (e.g. European Commission's Joint Research Centre), setting the stage for the application of geospatial technologies and highlighting the importance of “data revolution” in monitoring SDGs. After the plenary, practical sessions will begin. These sessions are dedicated to different technologies and their applications.

Course Directors

Viktor Lagutov

ISEPEI Project, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Course Faculty: 

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Alan Belward

European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC)

Douglas Cripe

Secretariat, Groups of Earth Observation (GEO), Geneva, Switzerland

Ed Parsons

Google, UK

Andras Szollosi-Nagy

Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary

Target Group

The target group for this course includes UN staff, national focal points of international conventions (e.g. UNECE, Black Sea Commission), mid-career practitioners and researchers directly involved in water, health or other SDGs-related issues.

How to apply?

Please visit to apply. 

Additional Information

In addition to The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water-and Health-related SDGs workshop, spin-off workshops will be organized. More information will be provided soon.

The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and environmental practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

Price of the workshop: 800 EUR

ISEPEI reserves the right to cancel the course if it fails to meet the requirement of minimum enrolment. We will inform all applicants until June 1 about the confirmation or cancellation of the course.  Should the course be canceled, ISEPEI or summer school will refund 100% of the fee paid. Participants should not purchase tickets or book accommodations before the confirmation date, as the summer school or ISEPEI can only reimburse the fee but no other costs.