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Title
Special UNISPACE III volume
Author
Marsteller, Deborah

A/CONF. 184/C.2/L.
International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Voi. XXXII Part 7C2, UNISPACE III, Vienna, 1999
129
Distr.: Limited
23 July 1999
Original:
THIRD UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
ON THE EXPLORATION AND PEACEFUL USES OF OUTER SPACE
Vienna
19-30 July 1999
Committee II
Agenda item 8
Status and applications of space science and technology
Technical Forum
Conclusions and proposals of the Seminar on Environment and Remote Sensing
for Sustainable Development
1. The Seminar on Environment and Remote Sensing for Sustainable
Development focused on the application of space remote sensing science and
technology to issues of importance to developing countries, such as agriculture,
infrastructure, environment and decision-making, from the perspective of
Governments and private space technology providers, as well as from that of regional
representatives of the user community.
2. During the Seminar eight panel members made presentations describing
existing programmes and future missions planned with a view to providing data and
information products and the potential value of those products to developing
countries. Subsequently, participants discussed with members of the panel issues
concerning remote sensing and sustainable development.
3. Both the presentations and the subsequent discussion revolved around issues
that condition the ability of developing countries to make full use of remote sensing
data and information products. Those issues were as follows:
(a) Limitations in the capacity available in developing countries in terms of
hardware, software and human resources;
(b) Problems of data pricing, access and standards;
(c) New missions by “space-faring” nations that were likely to have an
adverse effect on both of the above factors;
(d) New models for the exploitation of remote sensing that had emerged in
Brazil and India.
4. The Seminar made the following recommendations for incorporation in the text
of the draft report of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) (A/CONF. 184/3 and Corr.l and 2):
Paragraph 139