ART’s mission is to publicise, expand and facilitate the uses of Earth observation based on collaborative projects with institutions in the global south and French Overseas Territories. The main objective is to capitalise on and disseminate as widely as possible the skills, techniques and tools needed for understanding, monitoring and managing the regions.
ART consists of a coordination network designed for this purpose, known as the GeoDEV Network, made up of partner skills centres. It is open to all institutions working on French and international initiatives that use Earth observation applications for promoting knowledge and development in the global south: not just communication and expertise but also publicising events, raising the profile of project activities and jointly designing scientific or institutional cooperation programmes or actions between partners and network members.
GeoDEV’s goal is to help institutional actors become proficient in space-based observation by implementing promotional actions and cooperation projects. The ultimate aim is to improve their understanding of – and response to – the major challenges involved in monitoring the environment and regions in the inter-tropical belt. These issues are as follows: sustainable development objectives; the impact of global change; understanding the natural and anthropogenic dynamics affecting natural resources; environment and health; renewable energy; and urban development.