AGEDI presents at EWS-WWF workshop in Abu Dhabi

AGEDI presented the Marxan Application of its 2013 Systematic Conservation Planning Assessments and Spatial Prioritizations project. Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF) is using AGEDI’s project as the baseline upon which it can take the study further in their own Systematic Conservation Planning project. The presentation was made during the Data Validation and Review Workshop for Marine Biodiversity in the UAE, which was hosted by EWS-WWF in Abu Dhabi on April 30th 2018. EWS-WWF’s usage of AGEDI’s previous work is a testament to the fulfilling of our mission to facilitate access to quality environmental data and information. AGEDI will be closely involved in the upcoming workshops that will be held in the coming months.

IRIS workshop held in Nairobi

The AGEDI implementation partners, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and UN Environment, held an Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) Strategy and Technical Workshop in Nairobi on 23-25 April 2018. Technical refinement plans and user needs for version 1.1 were discussed with UN Environment stakeholders. The workshop also discussed the deployment and outreach strategy for 2018, notably IRIS’ potential for Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) reporting. Next steps include completing version 1.2 by December 2018, as well as presenting IRIS in multiple fora in the coming months.

AGEDI Participates in The Data for Development Festival

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (GPSDD) held a Data for Development Festival in Bristol, UK from March 21st to 25th 2018. The international event brought together over  300 passionate data experts  and advocates to network and to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas about creating and using data to enabling sustainable development. The event provided opportunity to meet old and new collaborators. Members of the Partnership presented experiences from Capacity Building activities in South America and West Africa. A key take away from the event is the importance of communicating to senior decision makers through storytelling and relating data-driven policy changes through case studies involving real people.   GPSDD CEO Dr Claire Melamed noted that whilst technology is a critical enabler the biggest challenges lie in political and decision making processes.

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An integral part of the Festival was a trip to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) led by the John Pullinger National Statistician of the UK; the trip including a fascinating tour of their recently opened Data Science Campus. It seemed the whole ONS staff stayed late in the office to show case their superb research and operational programmes. The warm welcome, the hospitality and friendliness of ONS staff was outstanding.

Congratulations to the GPSDD team, their colleagues at UN Foundation, the event sponsors and their Bristol hosts for convening the experts, and for developing a rich programme. In her closing comments Claire Melamed looked forward to inviting delegates to the second Festival in two years’ time.

IPBES Summary for Policy Makers released for Land Degradation and Restoration

The AGEDI team would like to extend a warm congratulations to IPBES, their co-chairs and the chairs of the report for the recently released summary for policy makers for the Land Degradation and Restoration report.

Providing the best-available evidence for policymakers to make better-informed decisions, the report draws on more than 3,000 scientific, Government, indigenous and local knowledge sources. Extensively peer-reviewed, it was improved by more than 7,300 comments, received from over 200 external reviewers.

We look forward to reading the final documents as they are released.

Congratulations on the following releases:

IPBES Asia Pacific Report for Decision Makers now released!

It was a great privilege to have AGEDI member, Jane Glavan, be a review editor for the Asia-Pacific Region report for Chapter 1 of the assessment.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Chair of IPBES Bob Watson, the chairs of the Asia Pacific Report Madhav Karki and Sonali Sellamuttu, as well as all the authors of the report.

The advance unedited English version of the summaries for policymakers and intro video can be found here:

We further look forward to sharing the full report once released.

Publication Now Online! Public Health Co-benefits to reducing GHGs

Very happy to have our PIs from CCRG and NCAR have our study “Public Health Co-Benefits of the Diffusion of Innovative Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies in Abu Dhabi” be published!

It can be downloaded at:

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has been active in the implementation of innovative technologies to reduce its carbon footprint from energy consuming activities in the power supply and transport sectors. While the reduction in GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions from these technologies has been quantified, to date, there has not been a comprehensive assessment of the positive impacts that such measures could have on public health. These are considered a “co-benefit” of GHG mitigation, namely the simultaneous improvement in air quality and public health associated with the dissemination of technologies that reduce GHG emissions. Public health co-benefits include reductions in the incidence of, for example, respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, and allergies. A scenario-based, integrated damage model was developed to integrate local meteorology and air quality conditions, innovative technology performance characteristics in power supply and transport, demographic features/trends, and epidemiological dose-response functions. The results of the study indicate that future efforts in the Abu Dhabi Emirate to expand and intensify GHG-reducing activities using innovative technologies – particularly in the energy and transport sectors where the majority of potential GHG reductions exist – will lead to substantial public health co-benefit

Make sure to also check out our Online Toolkit for the project where you can view and download the models and data at

Newest Eye on Earth Webinar Announced for February 7th 2018!



The open source “Open Data Cube” platform
and the Digital Earth Australia Case Study

by Dr Stuart Minchin of Geoscience Australia




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The Australian Geoscience Data Cube is an innovative capability to measure and monitor the Australian land surface at unprecedented scale. The unique combination of high performance computing, big-data mining techniques and new satellite observing capabilities allows the liberation of the huge archive of satellite observations over Australia collected over the last 35 years to deliver up-to-date time series of environmental change at high resolution, over the entire continent.

The development of this technology provides a capability to develop objective, evidence based measurement and monitoring of landscape change in a much more cost effective, efficient and accessible way across entire continents and shows the potential for a global infrastructure of such tools for governments interested in the development, mapping and management of land, water and coastal activities.

Each product produced by Digital Earth Australia can potentially also be generated for every country in the world!! Digital Earth Australia has been developed on the open source “Open Data Cube” platform which is being further developed both by Australian researchers and through the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS). CEOS has demonstrated that with free and open Landsat and Copernicus data, Open Data Cube can be developed rapidly for any country in the world, and even hosted in a cloud environment for quick deployment without the need for a huge infrastructure investment.


Dr Stuart Minchin is the Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia (GA). The Environmental Geoscience Division encompasses GA’s National Marine and Earth Observation Group (operational satellite remote sensing, national satellite archives, offshore bathymetry and biodiversity monitoring, coastal geomorphology, Antarctic geoscience and tropical cyclone, fire and sea level rise risk mapping), the National Geospatial Information Group (effectively Australia’s National Mapping Agency, including Defence mapping, maritime boundaries, elevation and topographic mapping, hydrological mapping and built environment), and the Groundwater group (focused on groundwater resources, sea water intrusion, coal seam gas impacts and other groundwater resource issues.)


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Accelerated Deployment of IRIS in 2018

Following a very successful launch on 2 December 2017, the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS), is gearing up for an accelerated deployment in 2018.  Indeed, Phase III of the “Capacity Building Programme on Environment Statistics in Africa” will start later this month; a group of selected pilot countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia, Malawi, Namibia and Senegal) will conduct national workshops and receive technical assistance. A substantial number of activities are planned to be carried out, one of them includes setting up IRIS database and provide guidance on using IRIS for data storage. Click on the following link for more details:

Both the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and UN Environment look forward to working at a sub-national and regional level to deploy IRIS globally.

Latest Eye on Earth Webinar Recording now available online

Happy to share that our last webinar by Ecocity Builders on Data Driven Cities for Climate Resilience is now available online incase that you missed it on our webinar page

According to UN Habitat the effects of urbanization and climate change are converging: cities cover less than 2% of the earth’s surface, use 78% of world energy, and produce 60% of CO2 and GHGs through energy generation, transportation, industry and biomass use. Cities and towns are also very vulnerable to climate change and the most affected populations are the urban poor. Habitat goes on to say that cities can reduce GHG emissions while addressing other local environmental problems such as air pollution, waste disposal, and transportation. The challenge is to link climate change to local environmental and development priorities. This webinar will showcase how data and associated mapping technologies can support the creation of sustainable cities resilient to the impacts of climate change. This is accomplished both by providing formats that integrate environmental, social and economic data for an urban area and its surrounding region, and by providing a common visual language that will facilitate discussion between local stakeholders and government agencies.

Kirstin Miller is Executive Director of San Francisco Bay Area based Ecocity Builders.

AGEDI launches the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) at the UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment in Nairobi, Kenya

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Abu Dhabi, UAE: 20 December 2017: Following a successful collaboration between Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and UN Environment, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) launched the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) during the UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment that took place during the third session of the UN Environment Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya between 4-6 December 2017.

IRIS is an enterprise web application intended for organizations involved in regular environmental status and performance reporting. It is a targeted response to a set of widespread, real world challenges faced by many organizations across the world. Its main aims are to reduce the institutional burden associated with recurring report production and to   provide timelier and more complete information for decision makers; in all tiers of Governance – local to global develop; to develop institutional capacity; and be a practical, durable and globally applicable solution.

Ahmed Baharoon, AGEDI’s Acting Director said: “We are very proud to be able to show our stakeholders the result of the hard work between the AGEDI implementation partners to reach the point where IRIS is ready to be launched. We look forward to collaborating with UN Environment even closer in 2018 to deliver IRIS to its users”.

The path forward includes further strengthening the software to ensure its long-term durability; a regional capacity-building workshop for West Asia will be held in Abu Dhabi in Q2 of 2018, as well as the deployment of IRIS in a first batch of interested countries from across the globe. “We look at 2018 with great excitement and anticipation; a substantial number of countries have expressed interest to have the IRIS deployed within their ministries or institutions responsible for environmental reporting. UN Environment will strive to meet this demand and to demonstrate the significant value add that IRIS represents in the global reporting ecosystem.” said Dr. Jian Liu, Chief Scientist at UN Environment.

More information on IRIS can be found at and Queries can be sent to


أجيدي تطلق مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير في منتدى العلوم والسياسات والأعمال أثناء اجتماع جمعية الأمم المتحدة للبيئة في نيروبي

أبوظبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة: 20 ديسمبر، 2017: استمراراً للتعاون الناجح بين هيئة البيئة – أبوظبي وبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة، أطلقت المبادرة العالمية للبيانات البيئية (أجيدي) مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير خلال منتدى العلم والسياسات العامة والأعمال الذي عقد كحدث جانبي على هامش الدورة الثالثة لجمعية الأمم المتحدة للبيئة التابعة لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة في مقر برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة في نيروبي، خلال الفترة من 4 إلى 6 ديسمبر 2017.

ومؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير هو تطبيق إلكتروني مخصص للمؤسسات التي تقدم تقارير دورية حول حالة البيئة وأدائها، كما أنه يعتبر استجابة مستهدفة لمجموعة واسعة من التحديات العالمية الحقيقية. وتتمثل أهداف هذا المؤشر في تقليل العبء المؤسسي المرتبط بإعداد التقارير بشكل متكرر، وتقديم معلومات موثوقة وفي الوقت المناسب لصناع القرار، على كافة مستويات الحوكمة – المحلية والدولية، كما يهدف إلى تعزيز القدرات المؤسسية، لتصبح حلاً عمليا ومستقراً وقابل للتطبيق عالمياً.

وقال أحمد باهارون، مدير مبادرة أبوظبي العالمية للبيانات البيئية بالإنابة: “من دواعي سرورنا وفخرنا أننا تمكننا من إطلاع شركائنا على نتائج الجهود الدؤوبة التي بذلتها مبادرة أبوظبي العالمية للبيانات البيئية، بالتعاون مع شركائنا التنفيذيين للوصول إلى مرحلة إطلاق مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير. ونحن نتطلع إلى تعزيز التعاون مع جمعية الأمم المتحدة للبيئة في عام 2018 ليصل مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير إلى مستخدميها”.

وتتضمن الخطط المستقبلية تحسين هذا التطبيق لضمان استمراره على المدى الطويل، كما أنه من المقرر أن تستضيف إمارة أبوظبي ورشة عمل إقليمية لبناء القدرات في منطقة غرب آسيا، وذلك في الربع الثاني من عام 2018. بالإضافة إلى تطوير مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير في أول مجموعة من الدول المعنية من جميع أنحاء العالم.

وفي هذا الصدد قال د. جيان ليو كبير علماء البيئة في الأمم المتحدة: ” نتطلع بشغف إلى عام 2018، حيث عبر عدد كبير من الدول عن اهتمامهم ببرنامج مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير من خلال وزاراتهم أو مؤسساتهم المسؤولة عن التقارير البيئية. وستسعى الأمم المتحدة للبيئة إلى تلبية طلباتهم، وتوضيح القيمة الكبيرة التي يضيفها مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير لأنظمة التقارير حول العالم.”

للمزيد من المعلومات حول مؤشر نظام معلومات التقارير، يمكنكم زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني و الموقع، كما يمكنكم التواصل للاستفسار عبر البريد الإلكتروني