5thGEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop
Linking the Sustainable Development Goals to
Earth Observations, Models and Capacity Building

December 9-10, 2016, Berkeley, California, USA

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Monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goals: the role of land use & land cover (change) monitorings

Brice Mora, GOFC-GOLD LC Project Officer, GFOI R&D Coordination Leader

The GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office performed an analysis of the current list of goals, targets and indicators within the scope of its land monitoring activities. The analysis aimed to 1) identify which goals, targets and indicators land cover / land use data can support, 2) identify gaps and needs, in terms of data, and indicators (are indicators specific enough to gather information relevant for the targets?). We conclude notably that some targets can be served already, and that some indicators are not sufficient to be monitored and require specific attention. Still goals/targets can benefit from already working/ anticipated programs (i.e. goal 13 Climate action & goal 15 Life on land). There is also a need for dialogue between SDGs indicator developers and technical community to assess gaps and further development of indicators.