Side Event at the Ramsar African Regional Preparatory Meeting


Side Event at the African Preparatory Meeting for the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention 2018 Dakar, Senegal.

Title: Satellite based Wetland Observation – the wetland community Portal and free available tools for wetland monitoring, Ramsar / SDG reporting and wetland management guidance

Date: 26.02.2018, 18:00 – 19:00, Meeting Room

Wetlands including peatlands are one of the fastest declining ecosystems, while they are hot spots of biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem services.

The H2020 EU project “Satellite based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS)” developed a service and free available tools for the local to global satellite based monitoring of the ecological character of wetlands, the monitoring of restoring measures or for wetland inventory and delineation.

The free available satellite data are an excellent basis to map dynamics in wetland ecosystems, to derive information on the ecological status and trends in wetlands and to map long and short term changes.

The side event will invite to a satellite based wetland observation using SWOS services with its free tools and portals for wetland monitoring including indicator calculation and introduce how SWOS services support reporting obligations e.g. for SDG 6.6.1 and Ramsar.

The side event will inform about the ESA/EU Copernicus satellite program and finally a new initiative „Wetland-Afrika“ will be introduced. The BfN (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany) funded project will transfer tools and results of SWOS to African frameworks and implement, together with user organizations in Africa, satellite derived information into management guidelines for wetlands.

Kathrin Weise Jena-Optronik GmbH SWOS – the Satellite based Wetland Observation Service
Marc Paganini European Space Agency (ESA) The Copernicus satellite program of ESA / EU
Rene Höfer Jena-Optronik GmbH SWOS tools and portals
Kathrin Weise Jena-Optronik GmbH Introduction of the new project “Wetland-Afrika -management guidelines using satellite information
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