The integration of Earth Observation (EO) into the monitoring and reporting of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers transformative potential for improving the accuracy, timeliness, and comprehensiveness of data. The SDGs-EYES project aims to bring together research and industry experts together with different stakeholders and communities to build a scientific, technological and user engagement framework for monitoring SDGs indicators.
This User Uptake strategy (Action Plan 1) outlines the approach to facilitate the adoption and utilisation of EO among various stakeholders involved in SDG monitoring and reporting and drafts the methodology of user expansion for the SDGs-EYES pilots’ stakeholder engagement. Based on this rationale, the concept of various user communities is explored, and a methodology presented to grow engagement through the ‘nearest neighbour’ approach. These communities are defined as primary communities (existing users, who all can be addressed at co-design actions) and secondary community of users, other players in the same sector, and neighbouring sectors whose needs could be solved by the SDGs-EYES Pilots.
Through a survey conducted through the pilots, inputs gathered from the exploitation task (D6.6 Sustainability Plan 1), and the liaison stakeholders’ database, each pilot is assessed according to the EARSC taxonomy, and current and potential user communities are defined. The survey results
gathered from each pilot has been analysed according to the two dimensions “User expansion” (thematic) and “User diversification” (new markets). Overall, the diversification of the community of users for the pilots is:

  • Urban Development
  • Citizens&Society
  • Environment, Defense, Transports

And the thematics of greatest relevance are:

  • Atmosphere and climate
  • Disasters & Geohazards
  • Security & Safety
  • Health

The strategy previously presented is then applied to the gathered data described in the section entitled “Action Plan”. This section gathers a range of specific actions that will be carried out to continue the realisation of the uptake strategy, whose final definition will be published at the end of the project (M36).

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