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Digital Earth Africa supports the Sustainable Development Goals


Digital Earth Africa Services and Tools for Sustainable Development Goals


The Sustainable Development Goals represent a data-driven, evidence-based approach to sustainable development (The CEOS Earth Observation Handbook Special 2018 Edition). The aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework is to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, design sustainable cities, support economic growth, tackle climate change and leave no one behind (Andries et al. 2022). The purpose of the Global Indicator Framework is to provide means by which to measure, monitor and report progress made in the implementation of the SDGs and their respective targets, for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Global Indicator Framework is designed around 232 SDG Indicators.

Earth Observation data is an essential tool in the development of the information required by many of the SDG Indicators given its cost-effectiveness pertaining to data acquisition on all scales and information richness. (The CEOS Earth Observation Handbook Special 2018 Edition), (Ferreira, B., Iten, M. & Silva, R.G. 2020).

Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) hosts data, services and Jupyter Notebooks that can be used to address real world problems and contribute to the Global Indicator Framework.

Sustainable Development Indicators that Digital Earth Africa Notebooks contribute to

The notebooks linked below demonstrate how DE Africa data and services can be used to support Sustainable Development Goals.

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Goal 2:

End hunger, achieve food security and improved
nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

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Goal 6:

Ensure availability and sustainable management of
water and sanitation for all.

Indicator 6.3.2 Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality

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Goal 9:

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive
and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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Goal 11:

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe,
resilient and sustainable.

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Goal 13:

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14:

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and
marine resources for sustainable development.

Indicator 14.1.1 (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density

Indicator 14.5.1 Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

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Goal 15:

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
manage sustainably forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse
land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Indicator 15.1.1 Forest area as a proportion of total land area

Indicator 15.1.2 Proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type