National Statistical Offices (NSOs) play a critical role in ensuring that monitoring and reporting efforts for the SDGs are robust, transparent, and based on high-quality data, thereby facilitating informed national decision-making and effective progress towards sustainable development.

In the effort to enhance European SDGs monitoring, the EU-funded SDGs-EYES project is leveraging Copernicus for environmental sustainability. Its primary objective is to improve the accuracy and completeness of indicators that demonstrate the capabilities of Copernicus and other Earth Observation (EO) data. This is facilitated through a user platform featuring modular components, which can be conveniently utilized based on user requirements. The platform offers insights into whether enhancements arise from changes on input datasets, processing workflows (utilizing advanced, accurate, and reliable methods), or insights derived from data analytics, computing, and development efforts.

EARSC identified that the potential final users of the platform are mainly the statistical community (NSOs, EC DG ESTAT). In this framework, we are creating a survey which will gather information about the obstacles that NSOs encounter in their data collection process, their actual platforms and the possibility of integrating other data sources into their daily work processes. 

This information will support the gap analysis study about EU platforms and we would like to discuss with NSOs what are the main challenges of integrating EO into the existing statistical workflows, as well as the practical implications and expected advantages of integrating elements of the SDGsEYES platform within the NSOs processes.

Are you a representative from a National Statistical Office (NSOs)? Are you interested in getting involved?