Geospatial information systems, as well as monitoring and decision-making supporting tools are increasingly useful in sustainable economic development and disaster risk reduction including drought, natural resource management and land management. The latest innovations in geoinformatics have presented new opportunities through applications of geospatial technologies and data in promoting sustainable land management and resource management. For example, land accounting and land statistics could be significantly enhanced with the use of advanced geospatial technology and data.
In order to support member States in the Central Asian region, UN ESCAP with the support from the Government of the Russian Federation, has launched a new project titled “Strengthening institutional capacity on integrating geospatial and statistical data, with a focus on land accounts in Central Asia” for a duration of two years. The key objective of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity on integrating geospatial and statistical data of member States in Central Asia, with a focus on land accounts. Its strategic objectives include strengthening cooperative relations between national statistics offices, space agencies and international organizations.
The project is designed as part of the overarching framework of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018–2030) and in accordance with the UNGGIM Integrated Geospatial Information Framework. This project will mainly contribute to the implementation of SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).
As the third stage of the project, a continuation of the online capacity building training is being organized with the representatives of all participating Central Asian countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) beginning June 2021. The training participants will explore the principles and tools of compiling land accounts compatible with international accounting standards, such as the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), with the use of satellite-derived data sets.
The online capacity building trainings in the third stage of the project, containing three two-hour-long sessions each, will be held in four phases:
- Phase V: 14, 16, 18 June 2021
- Phase VI: 12, 14, 16 July 2021
- Phase VII: 16, 18, 20 August 2021
- Phase VIII: 13, 15, 17 September 2021