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Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) Program Launches Environmental Change Working Group
 Date: 2017-07-24  Page Views:

The “Launch Ceremony and Seminar on the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) Program for Environmental Change” was held on July 13, 2017, in Beijing. More than 40 participants from Bangladesh, France, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and China attended the meeting. The Environmental Change Working Group (DBAR-ENVI) is designed to promote the research results of environmental change under the scientific framework of DBAR. The working group aims to explore an international cooperation mechanism for DBAR-ENVI and the key areas of cooperative research, therefore contributing to the global environmental change response and the sustainable development of the Belt and Road region.

Prof. GUO Huadong, Chair of DBAR’s Science Committee, issued certificates for Prof. LI Xinwu, Prof. JIA Gensuo, and Prof. Howard Epstein, as Co-Chairs of DBAR-ENVI. Prof. Guo underscored the significance of DBAR with consideration of the rapid development of scientific concepts and technologies such as big data, deep learning and artificial intelligence. The establishment of DBAR-ENVI, he said, would effectively absorb the participation of scholars focusing on the monitoring of environmental change in the Belt and Road region. By promoting the link between science and government decision-making, he added, we would jointly enhance scientific practice for environmental change in the Belt and Road region.

Prof. ZHANG Bing, welcomed the experts and introduced the leading role of RADI in China’s environmental change research.

Dr. JIANG Nanqing from the China Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Prof. Howard Epstein from the University of Virginia, Prof. LI Xinwu from RADI, Prof. Laurent Ferro-Famil from Université de Rennes1, Dr. Irfan Rashid from University of Kashmir and Prof. James Terry from Zayed University introduced their research on the sustainable development and environmental change of land ecosystems within the context of DBAR.

Prof. JIA Gensuo from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Atmospheric Physics chaired a discussion on the DBAR-ENVI implementation plan to further clarify the cooperation mechanism and the annual activities of the working group.

DBAR as an international program for sharing data, technology, knowledge and experiences of Earth observation under the concept of big Earth data, aims to support the sustainable development of the Belt and Road region. DBAR was initiated by Chinese scientists in May 2016 and was supported by more than 20 international organizations, international programs, and countries.

A scene of the seminar.

The  Chair of DBAR committee and Co-Chairs of DBAR-ENVI.

Participants in the seminar for the DBAR-ENVI working group.

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