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Balkan GEO Network – Towards Inclusion of Balkan Countries into Global Earth Observation Initiatives

Balkan GEO Network – Towards Inclusion of Balkan Countries into Global Earth Observation Initiatives

Objective

Inclusion of all Balkan countries into GEO and their contribution to GEOSS is of great importance, since only a comprehensive EO framework can lead to better understanding and more intelligent utilization of the environmental resources, increased quality of life and faster economic development. The importance and benefits from participation in global EO initiatives have already been recognized by several Balkan countries. However, a great number of Balkan countries are still not members of GEO.

This project aims to identify existing EO-data providers and users in the wider Balkan region, to determine their status, potentials and needs, and to coordinate EO players by establishing proper interfaces and networking between them. A broad analysis of gaps and complementarities of EO activities within the region will be performed, with the emphasis on user needs in the specific context of the Balkan region.

The consortium has been carefully constituted to include key players both from EO-data provider and EO-data user communities, from all Balkan countries. Participants from other EU countries are also included to allow straightforward identification of mechanisms for leveraging, developing and coordinating EO capacity building initiatives in the region, and to ensure that the Project outcomes will be in line with the currently designed Shared Environmental Information System and with Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe.

Main outcomes of the Project will be the creation of a permanent web-based networking facility, and the design of roadmaps and recommendations for an active, coordinated and sustained participation of all Balkan countries in global EO initiatives. These outcomes will also present a contribution to GEO task CB-09-03 „Building Institutional Capacity to Use EO” and specifically to subtask CB-09-03b „Establishing Regional Capacity Building Networks“.
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Coordinator

UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU

Address

Dr Zorana Dindica 1
21000 Novi Sad

Serbia

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 165 895,40

Administrative Contact

Vladimir Crnojevic (Prof.)

Participants (15)

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INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 109 626,32

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 112 117,82

SYSTHMATA YPOLOGISTIKIS ORASHS IRIDA LABS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 114 166,22

SVEUCILISTE U SPLITU

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 112 104,02

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 50 418,30

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 46 997,90

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 51 085,02

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 38 965,80

ROMANIAN SPACE AGENCY

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 39 643,50

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS GEODESY AND GEOGRAPHY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 33 491

UNIVERZITET U SARAJEVU

Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Contribution

€ 29 788,80

JAVNA USTANOVA UNIVERZITET CRNE GORE PODGORICA

Montenegro

EU Contribution

€ 27 648,80

UNIVERSITETI POLITEKNIK I TIRANES

Albania

EU Contribution

€ 22 662,60

BALKAN FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

North Macedonia

EU Contribution

€ 25 198,50

PROVINCIAL SECRETARIAT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER ECONOMY AND FORESTRY, VOJVODINA

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 10 379

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265176

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 204 889,65

  • EU contribution

    € 990 189

Coordinated by:

UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU

Serbia