The SDG-EYEs project is about to launch its first Sustainability Plan, a crucial step towards ensuring the impact of the project’s activities and results. Authored by T6 Ecosystems, with contributions by  EARSC, the plan details strategies to maintain and exploit the scientific and technological outputs. 

The creation of this sustainability plan began at a collaborative session in Rome in November 2023, where key project outputs and sustainability strategies were identified. This initial meeting was followed by an internal survey and regular interdisciplinary discussions, ensuring a cohesive approach across the consortium. 

The plan divides outputs into scientific and technological types. Scientific outputs include new methodologies, indicators, datasets, and visual outputs, which will be publicly available through open access journals and repositories. Technological outputs encompass the SDG-EYEs user-driven collaborative platform, algorithms, indicators workflows, and tools/services for applications such as forest monitoring and health impact assessments from heatwaves.

A key component of the plan is engaging stakeholders through co-design approaches, ensuring that outputs meet their needs and encourage uptake. This strategy involves National Statistical Offices, custodian agencies, and relevant stakeholders in developing the project’s tools and data. This collaborative effort aims to create outputs that are not only scientifically robust but also practically valuable for real-world applications.

The release of the first SDG-EYEs Sustainability Plan underscores the project’s commitment to creating lasting value through its outputs. By focusing on open access, stakeholder engagement, and innovative use of Earth Observation (EO) data, the plan sets an important foundation for the project’s future impact on sustainable development monitoring. 

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