Session 4 – Mapping Nature for People and Planet: The Big Enchilada
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28 September 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT)
We have produced more data in the past two years than in all of human history combined. Yet data decisions systems on nature are remarkably under-developed. At the same time, approximately 2,200 satellites now circle the earth, enabling humanity to monitor the planet in ways never known before. Spatial data from these satellites, combined with mapping of local and Indigenous knowledge on the ground and cutting-edge science, can produce ‘maps of hope’ that identify where nature-based actions can safeguard essential life support areas to maintain key biodiversity and essential ecosystem services. This session will demonstrate how innovative use of new spatial datasets can provide the tools to place nature at the heart of sustainable development. Weaving together film, dynamic demonstrations of new data and technologies, ministerial statements, and stories from the ground, this session will journey through three critical questions: What technology and innovations are transforming our ability to take the pulse of the planet; How can spatial data pinpoint where nature-based solutions can effectively combat climate change, promote green recovery, and maintain a planetary safety net for humanity; and Why are maps of hope fundamentally changing the way nations approach sustainable development?
This session will take place on 28 September 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT). The event will be broadcast live on this page.