UNDP and France Create ClimSat Partnership

UN Development Programme (UNDP) 10 December 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Government of France and the regional government of Brittany, has created the ClimSat partnership. This new regional initiative – a network of public and private satellite providers – aims to offer satellite images free of charge to communities in 50 regions across the world to improve the monitoring of deforestation, desertification, changing rainfall patterns and other phenomena.

ClimSat images will allow the mapping of areas vulnerable to

climate change impacts, in particular flooding from sea-level rise, and

in most need of assistance to adaptation efforts. UNDP will complement

this service by providing carbon footprint calculating software to

decision makers, to allow planning for effective emissions reduction

and access to renewable energy. Countries benefiting from the first

phase of this facility include: Albania, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco,

Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, Uganda, Uruguay, and the Former Yugoslav

Republic of Macedonia.  The initiative also draws support from the UN

Environment Programme and is expected attract other UN agency

involvement. [UNDP Press Release]