e-shape solutions: Earth Observation for biodiversity and water management


The Hague, the Netherlands

The satellite applications sector delivers a wide range of social, environmental as well as economic benefits to citizens of Europe and the world.

Despite the many successful examples of use of satellite-based services at the regional and local levels, and despite the programmes implemented at local and European scales to make available funds to develop increasingly sophisticated commercial services, satellite-based solutions are still considered as “innovation” rather than “practice”.

The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 is a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. The strategy aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030. The objective is to build our societies’ resilience to future threats such as the impacts of climate change, forest fires, food insecurity, and disease outbreaks. The EU aims to restore degraded ecosystems by 2030 and manage them sustainably, addressing the key drivers of biodiversity loss.

Satellites offer reliable, objective and accurate information on soil, air, water, vegetation, and assets, which can be compared over time. This increases the amount and quality of data that decision-makers need to take informed decisions as well as to implement sustainable development strategies.


Our workshop

The workshop is an e-shape labeled event and will present some of the project’s pilots related to biodiversity and water management.

The first day of the workshop will set the stage by introducing the audience to European and national policies related to biodiversiy protection and restoration as well as water management. Experts from European and National institutions will present relevant funding opportunities.

The second day will be entirely dedicated to the presentation of e-shape pilot projects, coupled with presentations from local actors.

The Q&A sessions will engage speakers and audience in a discussion about the usability of the pilots services presented and their relevance for the needs of public administrations and private companies in the Netherlands.


The workshop will:

  • Introduce EO-based applications developed through the project within the selected e-shape thematic showcases  Ecosystem, and Water resources;
  • Discuss the integration of the EO-based applications into user organisations’ daily workflows;
  • Bring together research, user communities and civil society that want to benefit from  and contribute to the EuroGEO initiative;
  • Inform the participants about what the pilot services will grant access to in terms of Copernicus data and benefits for user organisations;
  • Foster discussions and exchange about opportunities and challenges with new potential users of EO-based applications;
  • Inject knowledge exchanges on co-design methodologies to develop the operational uptake of mature EO-based services.


About e-shape

e-shape is a 48-month project under the framework of Horizon 2020 and constituted by a pan-European team of academic, industrial, institutional and user communities.

It is a unique initiative that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry, and the researchers.

It allows Europe to position itself as a global force in Earth observation by leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities, and improving user uptake of data from GEO assets.

About NSO

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the governmental Space Agency of the Netherlands. NSO’s task is to advise upon and realise the national space policy. 

 The space policy of the Netherlands focuses on the added value of space on science, economy and society, and in particular the development of ground-breaking space technologies, and services based on satellite data. 

 NSO is representing the Netherlands in the programme boards of the European Space Agency (ESA). NSO supports and stimulates space companies and institutions in the Netherlands to start new collaborations with international partners. It reports, both financially and substantively, directly to a steering committee consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). 

About Eurisy

Eurisy is a non-profit association of space agencies, stimulating the uptake of satellite solutions. To fulfil its mission the association builds solid relations with communities new to space, encouraging early adopters of operational satellite services to share experience. 

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