Implementing and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean: The Role of the Ocean

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[Jan. 15, 2018]: Report on "Implementing the Ocean Sustainable Development Goal in the Wider Caribbean: state of play and possible ways forward" by Lucia Fanning and Robin Mahon now available here ...
[Oct. 3, 2017]: Oceans of Knowledge Workshop, 7 Nov. 2017, London, see web announcement
[Sep. 4, 2017]: GEO-XIV Plenary Side Event: Earth Observations in Support of SDG Implementation and Monitoring in Small Island States and Developing Countries, October 24, 2017, Washington D.C., see web page


Times allocated to sessions are tentative and may change.

Session Description
January 17, 2018

Opening Session

This opening session will introduce the different parts of the workshop with brief keynote presentations on the view of the governments on SDG implementation and monitoring, the view of NGOs on the efforts made to implement the 2030 Agenda, and the potential contributions providers of EO-based products can make in support of the governmental and non-governmental efforts to implement and monitor the SDGs.

January 17, 2018

Session 1: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Small Island States

This session will facilitate a dialogue between governments and people of the Carribbean SIS about the challenges of executing the 2030 Agenda in each of the SIS. Linking to “real world spaces” (RWLs) for SDG implementation will bring the local perspective into the deliberations. Questions to be considered include: What are the core challenges? Who is doing what? What are the responsibilities? What knowledge is needed? Where is knowledge on the ocean needed? What data is used and what gaps are known? What science support is available? At the end of the session, a common understanding of the core problems will have emerged. The deliberations will be monitored with the goal to identify the knowledge needs to address these problems.

January 18, 2018

Session 2: Interdependencies and interactions of SDGs, Targets and Indicators in Caribbean Small Island States

This session will address the wicked problem presented by SDGs and focus on the interconnected nature of the SDGs and the potentially large economic burden associated with progress towards the Targets, as well as the challenge that those attempting to solve the problem are to some extent causing the problem. In a transdisciplinary dialogue, the role of the ocean for the interconnected SDGs will be characterized taking into account the many interdependencies between the SDGs. The session will consider that most of the SDGs address the socio-economic and environmental systems based on land, and that both the human and non-human environment in SIS is crucially dependent on the surrounding ocean. While this dependency is grossly similar it is discretly different in the different SIS, and both the similarities and differences will be elaborated on. The goal is to identify those applications and tools that are used in generating knowledge addressing the interdependencies across boundaries between SDGs, government departments and societal sectors.

January 18, 2018

Session 3: Ocean-related variables and indicators essential for SDG implementation and monitoring in Caribbean Small Island States

The knowledge needs identified in the first two session will be used to co-create an inventory of those ocean-related variables and indicators that can inform the development and validation of sustainability policies in the SIS, and can help to engage the people in the implementation of these policies. The goal is to compile a prioritized list of variables and indices characterizing the phycial, chemical, and biological state and trends of the ocean that are essential for both the development and validation of policies in support of SDG implementation and needed for the monitoring of progress towards the targets and more sustainability. This session will merge existing scientific knowledge with the understanding of the societal problem of making progress towards the SDGs in Caribbean SIS developed in the first two sessions.

January 18, 2018

Session 4: Observational requirements for ocean-related variables and indicators

The knowledge needs identified in the first two session together with applications to create this knowledge will be used to develop observational requirements for the prioritized ocean-related variables collected in Session 3. The goal is to have a set of requirements for high-priority variables that specify the spatial and temporal resolution and coverage, accuracy, and latency that are consistent with what those applications require that could make use of the observations.

January 19, 2018

Session 5: Matching users, requirements and products

In a novel co-usage effort, the participating experts in Earth observation will work with the stakeholders engaged in SDG implementation to match, where possible, observational requirements to existing data and products. In some cases, it will be possible to actually demonstrate the use of the data and products to generate relevant knowledge. In other cases, no matching product may exist, or the products may not be usable, indicating gaps in obervation, processing or capacity. The main purpose of this session is to explore approaches to the co-usage of products and the co-creation of knowledge with this products.

January 19, 2018

Session 6: Improving availability of Earth observations in service of SDG implementation in Caribbean Small Island States

The experience of Session 5 will provide a basis to discuss options for improving the service Earth observations and derived products can provide to the execution of the 2030 Agenda. How can regional an international organizations collaborate to ensure that governments and the people have access to the required ocean-related Earth observations and the capacity to utilize these observations for the creation of the needed knowledge? A demonstration project will be outlined that follows this chain from ocean observations to knowledge needs in a RWS for SDG implementation and shows the creation and use of the knowledge in the RWS.

This workshop is sponsored by:

under grant 80NSSC17K0241