Sustainable development

Earth-observation satellites have a global perspective. This makes them of excellent added value for sustainability purposes, such as those outlined in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In close collaboration with - and funded by - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this team mainly focuses on the use of satellite information for the improvement of food security in vulnerable parts of the world. The team does so through the implementation of the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) programme, which supports various public-private partnerships. Together, they provide useful and timely information and financial services to farmers, livestock farmers and fishermen. Furthermore, the team supports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, when applicable, other ministries with the (potential) use of earth observation for (inter)departmental policy themes in a context of international development cooperation, including food security, climate, efficient water usage in agriculture, international power management, deforestation, biodiversity, landscape management, ecosystems, etcetera.

Programme manager: Ruud Grim, 06 300 494 71