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UNEP/GRID-Geneva's participation to the 1st United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)
19-21 November 2018, UNEP/GRID-Geneva is participating to the 1st United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in Deqing (China). UN Environment is presenting the World Environment Situation Room as a development concept. This UNWGIC focuses on the overarching theme ‘The Geospatial Way to a Better World’. This Congress is a global event bringing together all stakeholders at the highest level to address and ensure that geospatial information has its widest and fullest utility in service of social, economic and environmental development. This congress is a great opportunity for meeting with all main actors of the Geospatial Community, to discuss way forward and to generate new collaborations.
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Interview of the GRID-Geneva Data Cube team on Swiss television
The GRID-Geneva Data Cube team, along with WSL partners, was interviewed on 21 October 2018 at GRID-Geneva premises about its finding on the current drought with the Swiss Data Cube for the broadcast "mise au point".
> View the video

Sand expert roundtable
An expert roundtable titled "Sand and sustainability: finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources" has been organized by GRID-Geneva at the International House of Environment, Geneva, on 11th of October 2018.
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Interview of Pascal Peduzzi, director of GRID-Geneva, on Swiss consumption incompatibility with the Planetary Boundaries on Swiss radio (in French)
The footprint of Swiss consumption is incompatible with the Planetary Boundaries, interview of Pascal Peduzzi, Director of GRID-Geneva at the Swiss Radio "la Première" about a new report from the Swiss Federal Office on the Environment.
> RTS link about the broadcast
> Direct link to the mp3


ECOPOTENTIAL at the European parliament
The science-policy briefing event “Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas” for the EU Parliament will take place on the 27th of September 2018 (09:00-11:00). At the event, the most relevant ECOPOTENTIAL key findings for post 2020 environmental strategies will be presented. The event will be chaired by MEPs Ricardo Serrão Santos and Sirpa Pietikäinen and is organized in cooperation with EBCD which serves as the secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.
> Event description

First results of the Swiss Data Cube
The Swiss Data Cube, developed by GRID-Geneva, University of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Office for Environment, just issued its first key findings about snow decrease. Read more details in the following interviews:
> Avis d'experts
> Le Temps

Launch of the exhibition "One Earth: geospatial solutions for a sustainable World"
The exhibition "One Earth: geospatial solutions for a sustainable World" was inaugurated on August 30th at the exhibition room of the Institute for Environmental Sciences. It gathers in various multimedia formats (videos, storymaps and posters) and live comments many current projects trying to address environmental challenges through SDGs actions. GRID-Geneva takes part in several of these projects through its long-term expertise in the domain.
> More info…


6-7 August 2018. The GRID centres network
UN Environment and USGS renew their collaboration regarding GRID Sioux-Falls. The Directors or GRID-Warsaw, GRID-Arendal, GRID Sioux-Falls and GRID-Geneva met at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls (South Dakota, USA), to reinforce the collaboration between the GRID centres. The four GRID centres are working together on turning data into information for monitoring the state of the environment and on identifying emerging environmental issues (foresight brief). GRID Sioux Falls is located at the EROS Center, the heart of Landsat satellite imagery.


New article from GRID-Geneva about the Planetary Boundaries concept
The Planetary Boundaries concept, identifies a set of nine bio-physical limits of the Earth system that should be respected in order to maintain conditions favourable to further human development. As a contribution to the international discussion, and using the case of Switzerland, this study proposes a methodology to apply the Planetary Boundaries concept on the national level.
> Free access for 50 days
> Link to article


GRID-Geneva director interview about sand
Dr Pascal Peduzzi, GRID-Geneva director, was interviewed about sand in the "prise de terre" broadcast of the Swiss Radio on May 19, 2018.
> Listen to the interview (in french)

GRID-Geneva director interview about remote sensing
Dr Pascal Peduzzi, GRID-Geneva director, was interviewed about remote sensing and sand shortage in the "cqfd" broadcast of the Swiss Radio on April 27, 2018.
> Listen to the interview (in french)


GRID-Geneva SDI officer interview about the Swiss Data Cube
Dr Gregory Giuliani, GRID-Geneva SDI officer, was interviewed about the Swiss Data Cube during the 2017 GEO plenary in Washington DC.
> Watch the interview

UNEP/GRID-Geneva supported UN Environment Mediterranean Action Plan for the Mediterranean 2017 Quality Status Report.
GRID-Geneva generated the online platform for the dissemination of the on-line report.
> Access the online report…

Open Geneva Hackathon
The Swiss Data Cube team of GRID-Geneva will organise a 3-days Hackathon to develop some product prototypes using Earth Observations of Switzerland.
> More info…
> Registration


Interview of GRID-Geneva's director on Swiss Radio about sand shortage
Sand and gravels is the second most used natural resources after water. We need it for roads, buildings, dams, beach refurbishment, land reclamation, as well as for electronic, glass, and other industrial application. This is leading to several environmental impacts. The small report - in English - provides an overview of this issue. The radio broadcast - in French - discusses this topic.
> Listen to the broadcast
> Report