Archived Webinar

Digital Ag Series - Eyes in the Sky: Geodata for Improved Water Management and Climate Action

"Showcasing Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) hosted geodata platforms for monitoring water and land use, and climate-related indicators."

The objective of the webinar is to showcase FAO-hosted geodata platforms for monitoring water and land use, and climate-related indicators. The session will zoom in on the following tools:

  1. Earth Map tool that supports countries and farmers to monitor their land through multi-temporal and multi-parameter environmental and climate analysis
  2. Adaptation, Biodiversity and Carbon Mapping Tool (ABC-Map) which is a new geospatial app based on Google Earth Engine (GEE) that holistically assesses the environmental impact of National Policies and Plans and investments in the agriculture forestry, and other land-use sectors
  3. WaPOR portal supports monitoring and reporting on agriculture water productivity of Africa and the Near East and provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers. It allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated with water and land productivity assessments
  4. Hand-in-Hand platform integrates data on soil, land, water, climate, fisheries, livestock, crops, forestry, trade, social, and economics.

About the Presenters

Parmesh Shah

Global Lead, Data-Driven Digital Agriculture, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank

Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Data-Driven Digital Agriculture at the World Bank. He provides leadership to Bank’s work in these areas and supports the development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. His current areas of interest are making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, digital and data-based innovations in agriculture and rural development, climate-smart agriculture, agriculture and technology-enabled start-ups, venture and patient capital for innovation, promotion of on-farm, off-farm, and digital jobs and public-private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction. He is currently involved in developing a global program on scaling up data-driven digital agriculture involving data platforms and establishing ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation. He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.

​Giulio Marchi

Geospatial Specialist, FAO

Giulio Marchi is a geomatics professional in FAO with a background in agronomy and remote sensing for natural resources evaluation. He worked on the field management of emergency projects with NGOs and the UN in Kosovo and Iraq and on geographic data management in the US Geological Survey and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. Since its inception, he is in the core team developing two FAO-Google land monitoring tools Collect Earth and Earth Map, contributing to the design and approval, among others of projects from GCF in Pakistan, World Bank in Myanmar, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka, IFAD in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, EBRD in Kazakhstan.

Laura Guarnieri

Land Monitoring Specialist, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

Laura Guarnieri is an Italo-Burkinabe water resources and land monitoring expert. She graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence, then specializing in integrated water resources management (IWRM). She joined FAO, Land & Water Division in 2016 as a water harvesting specialist within the water management group, also supporting water-accounting-related activities. Since 2018, she is part of the Land Use Monitoring and Innovation team at the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment of FAO, conducting consultancies and capacity building activities on FAO-Google land monitoring and environmental/climate analysis tools (e.g., Collect Earth and Earth Map). Since 2019, in collaboration with FAO, the African Union (AU), and the Panafrican Agency of the Great Green Wall (PA-GGW), she has been supporting the Africa Open DEAL (Data for Environment, Agriculture and Land) initiative, aiming at improving international and national reporting from African countries, (e.g., the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector under the UNFCCC).

Martial Bernoux

Senior Natural Resources Officer, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

Martial Bernoux is an FAO Senior Natural Resources Officer in the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Environment, leading the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Expert Support Team (NEST). Martial is also the lead officer for the Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security, and Land Use hosted by FAO under the umbrella of the NDC-Partnership. Prior to joining FAO, he served in the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) leading research in developing countries on agriculture, soils, and climate change. He has a strong experience of the UNFCCC and the UNCCD, being a former member of its Science-Policy Interface. He has been collaborating as an Author and Reviewer with IPCC since 2002 and he is a current member of its Emission Factor Database Board.

Livia Peiser

Technical officer, Water Resources Assessment and Spatial Analysis, FAO

Livia Peiser has been working in the Land and Water Division of FAO for the past 12 years, applying spatial analysis to water resources assessment. Since 2015, she has focused on remote sensing applications for water productivity monitoring through the implementation of the FAO WaPOR project.

Karl Morteo

Information Systems Manager, FAO

Karl Morteo has over 30 years of experience developing and supplying IT solutions & services. He is currently working at the Food and Agriculture Organization, where amongst other projects, he is leading the development of the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform. Karl is a Cloud Architect, Scrum Master, PRINCE2 project manager, and an ITIL practitioner. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor's degree in Computational Science and was awarded a Master’s degree in Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems by the Cranfield Institute of Technology.

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh)

Global Lead (Disruptive Technology), Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice, The World Bank

Harsh is a Global Lead for Disruptive Technology at the World Bank. In over 25 years at the World Bank, he has led and supported several environmental, water, and natural resources projects and analytical support operations around the world.  He has also been a Global Lead for Watersheds, currently co-leads the Bank’s HydroInformatics focal area, and leads a Disruptive KIDS (Knowledge, Information & Data Services) Helpdesk. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras), a Master’s in Environmental and Resource Engineering from Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Systems Engineering from Harvard University.

​Dominick Revell de Waal

Senior Economist, Water Global Practice, Eastern and Southern Africa, The World Bank

Dominick de Waal is a Senior Economist working with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. He has worked both in Africa and the MENA regions leading numerous water sector studies on public expenditure, sector performance, poverty, and fragility, and is one of the co-authors of the forthcoming report on “The Economics of Water Scarcity in MENA”. As part of the background work for this report, the team worked with FAO to examine water productivity in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon using and ground-truthing the WaPOR tools.

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