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New data system to reduce impacts of Climate Change

February 19, 2019 4:56 pm

A new data system has been developed to reduce the impact of climate change.

The $66.97 million cutting edge satellite data system is aimed at assisting Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and increase food security.

The programme, CommonSensing, will see a team of experts from seven world-leading organizations develop the system which will support policymaking and aid access to investment for major climate change initiatives.

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CommonSensing comes under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme.

Director of Programmes, Chris Castelli says earth observation data will give these nations vital information to ensure their economies, environment, and societies are better protected from the devastating effects of climate change.

Over the next three years, teams of experts in geospatial intelligence, food security, climate information, and climate finance will work with senior officials and community groups across the three islands.

The design of the data will focus on disaster risk reduction for natural hazards, food security and accessing climate finance.

The programme will be launched in Fiji on Thursday.

 

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