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03. EO4SD Climate Resilience Series: Showcasing Urban resilience & environmental & natural resources - The how, when, and why of using EO data in climate resilience decision-making

"EO data can be used to bring high-resolution insight to inform a range of decisions, from informing ‘climate-adaptive’ building design to helping to identify opportunities for climate-resilient development and economic activities in coastal areas."

Climate change is putting considerable stress on urban areas, driven by hazards such as increasing extreme heat, fluvial flooding, and sea-level rise. These hazards can increase risks to human health and wellbeing, property, and the performance of critical urban infrastructure. At the same time, the environmental services on which such areas depend are also being impacted. EO data can be used to bring high-resolution insight to bear anywhere in the world to inform a range of decisions, from informing ‘climate-adaptive’ building design to helping to identify opportunities for climate-resilient development and economic activities in coastal areas. 

This webinar aims to introduce the use and benefits of EO-derived data and services in climate resilience decision making in the areas of urban resilience and environmental & natural resources. 

Webinar learning outcomes

  • Be familiarised with how to use EO-derived information
  • Understand how EO data may be mainstreamed into decision-making processes throughout the project lifecycle in the areas of urban resilience and environmental and natural resources
  • Understand how EO data are used in building investment cases for climate resilience investment
  • Learn from use cases that draw on the Cluster's EO-driven analysis of urban flood and coastal change in Monrovia, Liberia

Prerequisites for the webinar

  • Basic knowledge of earth observation 
  • Basic knowledge of climate change
  • Good knowledge of investment projects

About the Presenters

Soraya Goga

Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Soraya Goga started her career working for the Durban Metropolitan Council in the Economic Development Department, and she continues to work on issues related to city economic performance, including in Indonesia and Russia, and on the lagging regions agenda in Turkey and now in the European Union. She has significant experience in improving local government performance, including in Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, and Tajikistan. She also works on the sustainable cities agenda, examining issues of social, economic, and financial and environmental sustainability, particularly in Turkey. Finally, she has extensive experience in post-conflict reconstruction including urban planning in Dili, urban upgrading in Afghanistan, housing in North-East Sri Lanka, and local government development in Palestine.

Swati Sachdeva

Senior Urban Development consultant, WorldBank

Swati Sachdeva has more than 13 years of progressive experience in urban development specializing in sustainability and resiliency planning in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Adept at integrated design and planning, research, spatial analytics, policy dialogue, and project management. Swati staunchly believes that, as climate change and rapid urbanization are increasing global vulnerability towards disasters, there lies an urgent need to innovate adaptive growth models that can make our communities more resilient and equitable. Since 2016, Swati is a senior urban development consultant at World Bank. 

Lydia Messling

Communications Consultant, Acclimatise

Dr. Lydia Messling is a specialist in communicating climate science to different audiences and equipping others to do the same. She is experienced in designing and facilitating research and analysis on different narrative approaches, conducting training workshops, and developing community conversations. She has previously worked for organizations encouraging behavior change, identifying how to best engage audiences with climate change and different actions, and measure and communicate their progress. As an environmental and social scientist, Lydia has a keen interest in interdisciplinary work and how applied science can provide social solutions. She holds a Ph.D. in Climate Justice and was a Leverhulme Scholar. She also has an MRes in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.

Anestis Trypitsidis

Research Associate & PM, National Observatory of Athens

Mr. Anestis Trypitsidis is a highly motivated project manager with strong experience in managing more than 15 GIS and Remote Sensing projects at the National (EUREKA-EUROSTARS, GSRT, EGY/PRV-YPEKA, etc.) and international level (EC, JRC, DGENV, Maltese Government, etc.). Most recent relevant EC projects experience include: H2020-FIRE, H2020-e-shape, H2020-NextGEOSS, H2020-EOPEN, H2020-FPCUP, H2020-Marine-EO, Eo4SD- Climate Resilience (ESA). Anestis has excellent project management skills such as leadership, communication with the implementation team, planning, time management, risk, negotiation with contracting authority/coordinator,  and active participation in the review and plenary meetings. Anestis got MEng (5-year Diploma Degree course structure, equivalent with the Master's Degree) in Urban Planning & Regional Development (University of Thessaly), M.Sc. in Applied Geography & Spatial Planning – Stream C: GeoInformatics (Harokopio University, Department of Geography)). 

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 10, 2021

Jes�s Manuel

- Aug 11, 2021
Great Conversation


- May 29, 2021


- Jan 23, 2021


- Jan 12, 2021

Md Mayen Uddin

- Nov 3, 2020
Urban Resilience, Environment and natural resource management are dealing with the water resources and integrated transport management for which we need to find out the constraints and issues related to this respect.


- Oct 11, 2020
very interesting, thank you.

Mohammad Nadir

- Oct 5, 2020
Excellent presentation...

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Oct 5, 2020
Climate Resilience
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