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GMES, a major European programme for the environment
GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is a European programme
to provide information on environment and security, mainly based on Earth
observation data. It is built by and for its users, from ordinary citizens to institutional
bodies or private companies.
The information obtained helps with sustainable environmental management and is
also indispensable for the protection of people and property, especially during
environmental disasters, whether natural (tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions,
hurricanes, floods, etc.) or man-made (marine or atmospheric pollution, deforestation,
The first services to be delivered concern the marine environment, land use and
planning, the atmosphere, and crisis management after disasters. Other fields could
soon benefit from these possibilities : managing the consequences of climate change,
environment-related health issues, or security (monitoring clandestine immigration
and other illegal trafficking, among others).
The aim of the Forum
The 2-day Forum in Lille will be an opportunity to demonstrate the already available
GMES services. Moreover, the Forum will also be the occasion to exchange with
About 700 participants are expected. They will come from user bodies, public or
private, from small companies to big industries. A fruitful dialogue among all GMES
stake holders will therefore be possible.
The GMES Forum during the French presidency of the European Union
Beyond showing the progress that has been made on the road from R&D to
operational services, the GMES Forum is one of the key events of the French
presidency of the European Union. France has supported the programme from its
beginnings in 1998 and has participated actively in all the European coordination
activities since then. Several French teams are members of the European consortia
that have been working on GMES projects since 2002.
The recent informal meeting of European Ministers charged with space underlined
the importance of GMES for the European Union. The Ministers expressed their wish
to ensure the permanent availability of GMES services by means of guarantied long
term funding from the Union.
The story of GMES will not end on 17 September 2008. It is only just beginning to
show results and will carry on until 2014, with constant discussion between the
consortia and users.
You can download the GMES program brochure by clicking here.
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