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Meetings - Workshops \ 8-10 June 2009


Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Symposium on "Earth Observation Services and monitoring the Environment and Protecting the General public"

A very important symposium was organized by the Greek GEO Office in collaboration with the International GEO Office, the Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for Environmental Studies and the National Observatory of Athens. The principal goal of this meeting was the possibility of a permanent collaboration of the south east and eastern Mediterranean countries in the subject of the earth observation use for monitoring the environment and protecting the general public.

Two representatives from each country, one senior scientist director of a main research center for environmental studies and one political person equivalent to general director of a Ministry or higher, have been invited to present the current status of the earth observations in their countries and to discuss on the possibility of a permanent collaboration with other countries on this subject. The Symposium took place in the premises of the University of Athens, (Central building and Kostis Palamas building) from 8 to 10 of June 2009. Eleven countries participated, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey.

Representatives from the Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean at the stairs of the Central building of the University of Athens.

Moreover, the general secretariat of the international GEO as well as representatives from European organizations like ESA, GMES, EOE, EU etc. Participated in this meeting. Very detailed presentations, concerning to the application of various methods of earth observations in the participating countries and the possibilities of sharing data and experiences with other countries took place.

The organizers of the Symposium from left to right, Prof. Jose Achaché General Director of GEO Secretariat, Prof. Christos Zerefos, Academician, National Delegate to GEO, Assoc. Prof. Vassilis Tritakis, Director of Greek GEO Office.

The symposium closed with a round table discussion during which all countries expressed their willingness for a closer and permanent collaboration with other countries. The Greek GEO Office took the responsibility to study and propose realistic ways of collaboration, the soonest possible.


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