ICHARM held the AWCI session at the 12th AOGEO Symposium

The 12th Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO) Symposium was convened on November 2-4, 2019, at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, under the theme of “Scaling up successful Earth Observation activities for all of Asia-Oceania – Share the results and design the future steps for global agendas –.” The sectional meeting of the Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI), co-chaired by Dr. Angelica Gutierrez, the chair of GEO Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS), and Prof. Koike Toshio, the director of ICHARM, was attended by 40 participants from 10 countries, including Dr. Gilberto Camara, the secretariat director of GEO. In the AWCI session, representatives from countries implementing the Platforms on Water Resilience and Disasters promoted by the International Flood Initiative (IFI), such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Indonesia, reported the progress of the Platform projects in their countries. Then, fruitful discussions followed on roadmaps toward the achievement of the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and SDGs and the promotion of a regional cooperative framework among the participating countries.

On November 4, the symposium was concluded by adopting the Canberra Statement, which summarizes the results of all the sectional sessions held during the symposium. Prof. Koike Toshio was awarded in the closing ceremony by AOGEO for his long-term leadership in the activities of earth observation and his significant contributions to its development.

* 12th Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO) Symposium website

* Agenda

* Presentations
- Myanmar
- Philippines
- Sri Lanka
- Indonesia

Participants in the AWCI session
Participants in the AWCI session, held during the 12th AOGEO Symposium on November 3, 2019,
at Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia
A scene from the AWCI session
A scene from the AWCI session
Awarding of AOGEO Fellow ceremony
Awarding of AOGEO Fellow ceremony