Copernicus and FP7

REDDAF is Embedded in the European EO Programme Copernicus

REDDAF - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Africa

Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is a European initiative providing a response to dynamic and growing global information needs. The main vision and goal of the EU for the Copernicus programme is to establish a European capacity for the provision of operational information services for global monitoring of environment and security. Copernicus encompasses six thematic areas: marine, land, atmosphere, emergency, security and climate change. Copernicus is embedded in a philosophy that the application of Earth Observation (EO) for decision-making has to be driven by the user community, which hitherto has not been involved in the process of EO development.

The two main programmes that have contributed to the implementation of Copernicus and supported the REDDAF service developments have been:

  • the European Space Agency (ESA) based GMES Service Elements (GSEs) and
  • the EU Framework Programme 7 (EU FP7).

REDDAF is Funded by the EU Framework Programme 7 (EU FP7)

REDDAF - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in AfricaAs the European Commission FP7 Space Call and Work Programme for 2010 provided an opportunity to address « the development of GMES services in specific areas » such as REDD, the REDDAF project was a response to this Call.

More recently the Copernicus/GMES programme has moved towards providing operational pan european and global mapping services with the GMES Initial Operations (GIO) programmes.