EYE ON EARTH SYMPOSIUM

Symposium Context

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), as co-founder of the Eye on Earth movement, in partnership with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) and the Eye on Earth Alliance are delighted to invite all who support evidence-based decision making for environmental and natural resource aspects of sustainable development to Convene, Converge and Collaborate at an Eye on Earth Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 22-24 Oct. 2018.   Participation in the Eye on Earth (EoE) Symposium is free of charge.

The FCSA, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will concurrently be hosting the 2nd United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) also at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Topics of common interest are listed in the outcome document of the preceding UNWDF (objectives 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1 and 5.1)

Please note the UNWDF and the EoE Symposium are independently organised events.

The Eye on Earth Symposium Described

The Symposium comprises two ~50 person meeting rooms and an adjacent networking area.

The Symposium is a working/outcomes-focused event.  The focus is on progressing the EoE Vision by catalyzing and strengthening bilateral and multi-lateral partnerships.

The Symposium content is provided by members of the EoE Global Community.

The Symposium content is a mixture of presentations with Q&A, panel discussions, and in-depth, interactive, multi-hour workshops.

We plan to webcast the Symposium sessions for those unable to attend in person. Remote participants will be able to see, hear and speak.   Webinar details are listed below.

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Symposium Programme

Start times are shown in UAE (UTC+4) time zone.    We recommend using an online timezone converter to accurately convert to your time zone.

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The Symposium Programme is subject to change.  Please revisit this page from time to time for updates.

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SessionID Title Start
(UTC+4 )
Duration {mins} Webcast No Speakers Room
0 Opening Welcome 22 Oct 8:45 15 569-573-651 H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Prof. Alexandre Caldas, UN Environment
Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr. Francis Gassert, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Mr. Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat (GEO)
1
8.56 Improving and harmonizing air quality data to map health impacts of air pollution: Featuring a case study from Abu Dhabi 22 Oct 9:35 55 479-533-827 Ms. Ruqaya Mubwana, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Mr. Mazen AlMalkawi, World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Center for Environmental Health Action (CEHA)
2
54 Africa SDGs Data Mapping 22 Oct 9:35 40 120-531-867 Mr. Charles Sebukeera, UN Environment
Dr. Ayman Abouamer, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
Dr. Ahmed Abdelrehim, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
1
65 Data Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the SDGs in the Arab Region 22 Oct 10:20 85 349-963-491 Dr. Wafa Aboul Hosn, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
Dr. Ahmed Abdelrehim, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
Mrs Farah Choucair, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States
Dr. Abdelmenam Mohamed, UN Environment (West Asia Office)
Dr. Adel Farid Abdel-Kader, Trend Green Knowledge Inc
1
4.56 Cataloguing Indigenous Knowledge 22 Oct 10:45 60 229-096-179 Dr. Aby Drame, Enda Energie
Dr Amanuel Abraha, Mekelle University , Ethiopia
2
43.1 Information into Action: Approaches and lessons learned from global data initiatives 22 Oct 15:00 75 300-625-267 Mr. Francis Gassert, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Mr. Davis Anduvare, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Ms. Rebecca Firth, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Ms. Aimee Barciauskas, Development Seed
2
44.1 Global Environmental Education Partnership: Building a Global Champion for Environmental Education 22 Oct 15:00 75 873-694-603 Ms. Judy Braus, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Ms. Melissa Hopkins Taggart, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Mrs. Gayatri Raghwa, Wild Ecologue
Ms. Rasha Al Madfai, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
1
43.2 Resource Watch Workshop – Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse 22 Oct 16:30 45 396-568-723 Mr. Francis Gassert, World Resources Institute (WRI)
2
67 Global Forest Link: Engaging Youth Worldwide in Collaborative Environmental Analysis and Decision Making 22 Oct 16:30 60 854-927-907 Dr. Elena Yulaeva, Community Commons,
Director, Global Forest Link
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andrés, Global Forest Link
1
68 Application of Earth Observation (EO) data to support robust investment decisions in the face of a changing climate 22 Oct 17:30 120 781-633-691 Mr. Tanzeed Alam, Earth Matters Consulting
Mr. John Firth, Acclimatise Group LTD
Mr. Jed Sundwall, Amazon
Mr. Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat (GEO)
Michael Brewer, NOAA
2
44.2 Global Environmental Education Partnership and NAAEE: An Interactive Workshop Focused on Strengthening Environmental Education Around the World! 22 Oct 17:45 150  526-393-371 Ms. Judy Braus, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Ms. Melissa Hopkins Taggart, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Mrs. Gayatri Raghwa, Wild Ecologue
Ms. Rasha Al Madfai, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
1
93 Open Data Cubes: Earth Observations for the Sustainable Development Goals 23 Oct 8:30 120 482-572-891 Dr. Brian Killough, NASA
Mrs. Jennifer O’Neill-Oldfield, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Mr. Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat (GEO)
Mr. Davis Anduvare, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Ms. Bonnie Fofana, Min of Agriculture and Forestry, Sierra Leone
Mr. Benedict Mugambi, National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania
Major Andrew Nyawade, Kenya Space Agency
2
14 Gender disagregated data in Natural Resource Management 23 Oct 8:45 30 376-607-651 Mrs. Egline Tawuya, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre
1
66 The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) Dashboard: Tracking Trends for Conservation 23 Oct 9:30 60 549-139-475 Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr. Mike Gill, NatureServe
Dr. Julius Muyizzi, National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda
1
45 Environmental Conventions Index: Measuring the implementation of global environmental conventions 23 Oct 10:45 75 956-469-363 Prof. Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston
Prof. Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy, Universidad EAFIT
Mrs. Haddy Guisse, UN Environment
Mr. Peter Katanisa, Ministry of Environment, Rwanda
Mr. Jack Whitacre, University of Massachusetts
1
13 Applied System of Systems Approach to the 2030 Agenda 23 Oct 10:45 40 610-660-307 Mr. Charles Brigham, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
2
72 Visual Analysis of SDG Indicators and Environmental Surveys with SuAVE 23 Oct 11:30 30 615-844-619 Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky, San Diego Super Computer Center/University of San Diego California
2
101 Fish Carbon – Ocean Conservation as Climate Change Action 23 Oct 13:00 15 169-980-067 Mr Steven Lutz, UN Environemnt/GRID-Arendal
Mr. Jim Toomey, Sherman’s Lagoon
Dr. Heidi Pearson, UN Environment/GRID-Arendal
2
94 Integration and disaggregation of biodiversity data towards sustainable development: a deep dive 23 Oct 13:15 90 828-785-691 Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Mrs. Melanie Heath, Bird Life International
Ms. Shyama Pagad, IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group
University of Auckland
Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, IUCN Species Survival Commission
Dr. Ben Tregenna, UN Environment-WCMC
2
96 The World Situation Room – UN Environment’s response to the Data Revolution 23 Oct 13:15 90 830-640-155 Prof. Alexandre Caldas, UN Environment
Dr. Pascal Peduzzi, GRID-Geneva
Science Division, UN Environment
Consul, A.H James Donovan, ADEC Innovations
1
23 Doing Business Differently: How the use of data can enhance the role of the private sector in addressing climate change 23 Oct 15:00 75 892-179-675 Miss Maya Doolub, Elms Consulting
Advisor to GLISPA
Mr. Jerry Butler, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
1
49 WWF tools for unlocking community based environmental monitoring 23 Oct 15:00 15 286-375-155 Mr. Langen Mathew, WWF-Tanzania
2
62 Engagement and Big Data: the Citizen Science contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 23 Oct 15:15 60 187-241-963 Mr. Martin Brocklehurst, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)
Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP)
Mrs. Rosy Mondardini, Citizen Science Center Zurich
Ms. Libby Hepburn, SDG and Citizen Science Working Group (ECSA)
Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (Australia)
Dr. Anne Bowser, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,
Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP)
2
53 The contribution of non-traditional data including Citizen Science in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals 23 Oct 16:30 120 735-082-707 Dr. Steffen Fritz, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Ms. Dilek Fraisl, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Mr. Martin Brocklehurst, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)
Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP)
Ms. Libby Hepburn, SDG and Citizen Science Working Group (ECSA)
Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (Australia)
2
63 Implementation and applications of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems 23 Oct 16:30 225 417-681-051 Ms. Veronica Ruiz, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Dr. Daisy Hessenbeger, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
1
73 UN Biodiversity Lab: Empowering Policymakers to Use and Apply Spatial Data 24 Oct 8:30 45 808-410-227 Mr. David Jensen, UN Environment (Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Policy and Programme Division, )
Ms. Anne Virnig, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
2
52 Environmental Communication in Visual Media 24 Oct 8:45 45 555-471-299 Mr. Jim Toomey, Sherman’s Lagoon
1
28.1 System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA): Serving environmental policies for Sustainable Development and the SDGs (part 1 The SEEA Central Framework ) 24 Oct 9:30 60  227-576-291 Dr. Wafa Aboul Hosn, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
Mr. Risenga Maluleke, Statistics South Africa
Dr. François Soulard, Statistics Canada
Mrs. Jillian Campbell, UN Environment
Mr. Ali Buharoon, Federal Competitiveness And Statistical Authority (FCSA)
Mr. Khamis Raddad, Federal Competitiveness And Statistical Authority (FCSA)
2
69 Enhanced Earth Science Data Discovery and Integration with Research Workbenches: the EarthCube Data Discovery Hub 24 Oct 9:45 45 391-353-195 Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky, San Diego Super Computer Center/University of San Diego California
1
28.2 System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA): Serving environmental policies for Sustainable Development and the SDGs (part 2 Ecosystem Accounting ) 24 Oct 10:45 60 955-500-755 Dr. Wafa Aboul Hosn, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
Dr. Roberto Ramos, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE
Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Dr. Pali Lehohla, University of Johannesburg
Pan African Institute for Evidence – PIE
Dr. François Soulard, Statistics Canada
2
95.1 Introducing the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) 24 Oct 10:45 90 829-822-683 Mr. Erick Litswa, UN Environment
Mme Sane Aïssata, Burkina Faso NSO
Mr. Anthony Catajan, ADEC Innovations
Mr. Derek Gliddon, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
1
22 Big data for toxic exposure assessment and prevention to make a safer world for people, environment and wildlife by 2030 24 Oct 11:50 25 675-388-339 Dr. Ahmad Mahdavi, University of Tehran
2
97 SDG Deep Dive 24 Oct 13:15 90 559-555-723 Mrs. Jillian Campbell, UN Environment
Dr. Enrique Ordaz, Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)
Dr. Pali Lehohla, University of Johannesburg
Pan African Institute for Evidence – PIE
Ms. Gemma Van Halderen, UN ESCAP
Dr. Olivier THUNUS, STATEC, NSI Luxembourg Werner (CAPW)
Mr. David Jensen, UN Environment (Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Policy and Programme Division, )
1
85 Brainstorming workshop – Global environmental issues at the brink of transformational information and capacity building solutions 24 Oct 15:00 75 981-403-851 Mr. Rick Ziegler, US Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Glenn Harrington, US Environmental Protection Agency
1
57.82 Expanding the Eye on Earth Impact 24 Oct 17:15 45 502-068-059 Dr. Viktor Lagutov, Central European University / ISEPEI Project
Dr. Costis Toregas, George Washington University
Prof. Alexandre Caldas, UN Environment
Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr. Craig Hanson, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Mr. Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat (GEO)
Mr. Derek Gliddon, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
1
100 EoE Alliance Partners Meeting (Invitation Only) 24 Oct 18:00 30 562-739-883 Prof. Alexandre Caldas, UN Environment
Dr. Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr. Craig Hanson, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Mr. Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat (GEO)
Mr. Derek Gliddon, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
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