4 Background Yale/Columbia ESI March 02 Presented at World Economic Forum. UAE included first timeRanked 141 out of 142 countries evaluated.Leadership in UAE concernedIssue blamed on lack of quality data and availability.Abu Dhabi commits to improve data situation and demonstrate UAE commitmentAGEDI program conceived in mid-2002.Launched at the WSSD Sept 02
5 What is AGEDI?a collaborative response initiated by the UAE governmentaddress the need to bridge the ever widening environmental data/information gap between developed and developing countries.improve the provision of high quality, relevant, updated and comprehensive environmental data for decision making at the local, regional and global levels.enhance cooperation and coordination between decision-makers, planners, and policymakers.
6 ObjectivesAchieving cost effective and relevant environmental data collection and assessmentCompare data over time and agreed upon parameters and methodologiesIncreasing data capacities for local, national, regional, and global environmental decisionsEnsuring sustainable development planning is based on quality, timely, useable, and updated data and informationProviding accessibility of data and information to all stakeholdersEnhancing national and international mechanisms of information processing and exchangeEnsuring full participation and collaboration of developing countries under the United Nations system.
7 AGEDI….. EvolutionConcept and scope evolved to cover a broad base of areas that are seen as critical to the functioning of an effective environmental competent authoritydataanalysismonitoringperformanceplanningpolicyawarenessknowledgepartnerships
8 AGEDI….. EvolutionSince inception the program has been largely focused on local issues, with certain projects at the regional and international levels…….dataanalysismonitoringperformanceplanningpolicyawarenessknowledgepartnershipsbetter integration of science, management and policy functions within EAD as well as the Emirate.integration to be demonstrated through the SoE Assessment framework.LocalRegionalGlobal
9 AGEDI….. EvolutionAGEDI is now ready to shift its major focus from the local level and to play an increasingly important role in the national, regional and global environmental communitiesdataanalysismonitoringperformanceplanningpolicyawarenessknowledgepartnershipsLocalRegionalGlobal
10 Multi-Level, Multi-Project Program Completed 2009National, Regional, International Level (4 Projects)Emirate Level(9 Projects)Program Alignment StrategySector Papers UpdateSoE Review and RefinementsEnvironmental AtlasInteractive Environmental AtlasGeospatial Portal EnhancementWebsite UpdateEPI for Abu DhabiBaseline Monitoring ProgramEcological FootprintEnvironmental Information Network (EIN)GEO West Asia Data PortalWest Asia Map ServerProgression of projects designed to contribute to each other, and to intended AGEDI program outcomes……
11 Sector Papers 9 sector papers completed: Marine and Coastal EnvironmentTerrestrial EnvironmentPhysical GeographyWaste and PollutionWater ResourcesEnvironmental EducationPolicy and RegulationArchaeologyPopulation, Development and EconomyCompilation of “best available knowledge” related to major Socio-Economic and Environmental elements
12 State of Environment (SoE) Report SoE Report 2009 completedAligned with EAD performance measurement, strategic and business planning activitiesMove SoE to National levelSoE report structured around six major themes Atmosphere, Water, Land, Coastal & Marine, Biodiversity and Waste
16 EPI Abu Dhabi Being customized for Abu Dhabi & UAE Use as a tool to measure Environmental PerformanceTo be able to compare in a rational mannerRefinement of the policy areas, sub-components, issues, indicators and targetsreport - scientifically-based and defensible input from the UAE for incorporation to the Global EPI
17 Participate in strengthening others in the Region and Internationally Strengthen our approach in Abu Dhabi and UAECollaborate with the best in the world
18 Phase III – Institutionalize Local and Begin Shift to National, Regional and International Emphasis National, Regional, International Level (15 Projects)AGEDI Board and International Partnership ExpansionAGEDI Technical Committee ExpansionUNEP GEO Alignment, Strengthening and SupportAbu Dhabi Environment Forum Feasibility StudyInternational Workshop on Sustainability ManagementClimate Change Regional Initiative for the GulfArabian Gulf Ecological AssessmentGlobal Environmental Information NetworkData Visualization for Arabian GulfMigratory Birds of Prey (MBP)
19 Phase III – Institutionalize Local and Begin Shift to National, Regional and International Emphasis National, Regional, International Level (15 Projects)International Environmental Data Management and Standards KnowledgebaseArab Region Atlas (Environmental Change)Environmental Agency Knowledge Management Certificate ProgramRegional Centers of Expertise (RCE) for Sustainable DevelopmentRegional Outreach and Capacity Building ProgramNational Environmental Data Base Program
20 Phase III – Institutionalize Local and Begin Shift to National, Regional and International Emphasis Emirate Level (14 Projects)AGEDI/AD-SDI GeoPortal Orientation and SetupCoastal Development Guidelines SupportEnhance Capacity to handle special projects and ad hoc supportField data collection kitEnhancement of animal tracking appsEnvironmental technology and data galleryEnvironment Information CollaboratoryEnvironmental Data Visualization - Abu DhabiEIM Action Plan PreparationEIM Action Plan ImplementationLand Use and Land Cover Mapping ProgramEDB ConsolidationMobilization of Baseline StrategyGIS/IM Operations Support
21 AGEDI - International Level Facilitate, Collaborate, Promote, Support Global EIN and Sustainability Management MovementWork with UNEP and network of key international partners to initiate more holistic and systematic environmental management and sustainable development approachesLeverage and build on previous AGEDI outputs and outcomesStrengthen and expand the EIN movementLeverage investment through partnerships and high impact, high visibility, mission-critical project workLocalRegionalGlobal
22 AGEDI Phase III Program - Paradigm Shift Partnership InitiativesProjects
23 AGEDI….. Message The AGEDI vision and scope is broad and far reaching The Government of UAE is committed to this vision, to benefit the Country and the WorldSignificant groundwork has been laidIt is now time to take the AGEDI program to another level, with strong network of partners…….
24 Eye on Earth Summit GEIN SUMMIT ENVIRONMENTAL EXHIBITION Worldwide event to launch the Global Environmental Information Network (GEIN)initiative and to address major policy and technical issues.GEIN SUMMITPublic Exhibition to highlight AGEDI products and provide over 70 booths for partner entities to feature their activities, network with others, and raise public awareness about environmental issues and how these are being addressed with information technologies and networks.ENVIRONMENTAL EXHIBITION