Improving the European capacity on operational agriculture monitoring through the use of COPERNICUS information | Improving the European capacity on operational agriculture monitoring through the use of COPERNICUS information
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2020.12.11

Improving the European capacity on operational agriculture monitoring through the use of COPERNICUS information

Improving the European capacity on operational agriculture monitoring through the use of COPERNICUS information
The EO4AGRI consortium announces the finalisation of the EO4AGRI project after two years of work with the objective of boosting the digitalization of the agricultural sector through the use of Earth Observation information on the monitoring processes. Coordinated by Atos Spain and comprising 11 partners from across Europe, the project covers a diverse range of organisations (large companies, SMEs, research centres and paying agencies). Among the partners of the international consortium – the National Paying Agency (NPA) in Lithuania. EO4AGRI is implemented in accordance with the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
 
The Common Agricultural Policy is currently undergoing a series of major reforms, including the system of CAP payments. Although this reform will provide benefits to both farmers and paying agencies, the paying agencies are required to adopt new working methods, such as the use of remote monitoring mechanisms (Earth Observation data from COPERNICUS) as a substitute for on-the-spot inspections or the application of EO data to enable payment for performance instead of payment for compliance.
 
These changes are happening at a dizzying pace, and different agencies are at different levels of readiness for the adoption of these new technologies and new ways of working. In this context, the EO4AGRI project aimed to improve their capacity on operational agriculture monitoring from local to global levels based on Earth Observation (EO) data derived from Copernicus satellites and through exploitation of associated geospatial and socio-economic information services.
 
Thus, EO4AGRI enlarged and further systematized the identified gaps related to the utilisation of EO in agri-food domain, related public services and needs of the financial sector, including international policy and coordination programmes.
EO4AGRI assists the implementation of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with special attention to the CAP2020 reform, by working closely with four strategic sectors (agro-industry; public sector; finance and insurance industry and; food security) to develop a series of tools that will help them during this transition.
 
These tools include the White Paper, the Strategic Research Agenda, the Policy Roadmap (worked out by the NPA with the support of the consortium partners) and the Collaboration Framework, on one hand, containing recommendations on how to enable the implementation of CAP reform based on next generation of COPERNICUS data and related services and on the other hand, ensuring that various related future European research programmes (i.e., Horizon Europe, Life+) as well as other transversal initiatives promoted by the EC – such as the European Green Deal, Open Data and the Digital Twin Earth – will meet the requirements of the sectors in the years to come.
 
According to Miguel Ángel Esbrí, Project Manager at Atos and Coordinator of the EO4AGRI EU project, the work carried out during the project has allowed to better understand the current gaps and needs of the different stakeholders involved in the whole Copernicus data value chain. The analysis, recommendations and conclusions provided by the project will support the preparation of the future European capacity for improving agriculture monitoring.
 
The EO4AGRI consortium brought to the project an extensive knowledge of topics on Earth Observation and Agriculture. Some team members are actively involved in the development of the Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) infrastructure and at the same time are working in the domain of agriculture downstream services,  other partners represent entire networks, which facilitated the outreach and involvement of targeted stakeholders.
 
For further information about the project and its results please visit: www.eo4agri.eu.
 
 
Last updated: 2020-12-11 08:54