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Roadmap for the use of Earth Observation across Defra

13 January 2016 – On 22 December 2015, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published a Roadmap for the use of Earth Observation across Defra 2015-2020.

The roadmap has been developed in close collaboration between Defra and SSGP, setting out how Defra will make use of Earth observation (EO) data in its policy-making and operations and how it will make more cost-efficient and effective decisions.

The roadmap aims to integrate EO data into at least five Defra policy areas by 2020. Defra’s core policy objectives include:

  • A cleaner, healthier environment which benefits people and the economy
  • A world-leading food and farming industry
  • A thriving rural economy, contributing to national prosperity and wellbeing
  • A nation protected against natural threats and hazards, with strong response and recovery capabilities
  • Excellent delivery, on time and to budget, and with outstanding value for money

The roadmap will be further shaped and delivered by the recently launched Defra EO Centre of Excellence and the main delivery partners outside Defra which are SSGP, UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult and the National Centre for Earth Observation.