Environment, Geospatial technologies, Information and communication technologies (ICTs), Remote sensing, Sustainable development goals, Water security

In cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series run by the ISEPEI project.

Course date

19 October - 23 October, 2020
Please note, that the course dates are to be confirmed!
Course Director(s): 

Viktor Lagutov

ISEPEI Project, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Course Faculty: 

Anupam Anand

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Alan Belward

European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC)

Douglas Cripe

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat

Ed Parsons

Google, UK

Andras Szollosi-Nagy

Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Zoltan Vekerdy

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the University of Twente / Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University

How can geospatial technologies and remote sensing monitor the progress towards SDGs relater to water and health? With the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the call by UN Secretary General for a “revolution” in the use of data for sustainable development, geospatial technologies have tremendous potential to efficiently monitor SDGs progress. Since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the amount of data available, data collection, and processing methods have changed substantially. Geospatial technologies and remote sensing offer a crucial location element to the monitoring of SDGs and their corresponding targets and indicators. The unprecedented “power of where” allows for unbiased observation and analysis across borders, administrative boundaries, and nations.

Despite the tremendous potential geospatial technologies offer, there is still a gap between the technology world and the world of environmental decision and policy makers. Furthermore, these technologies are constantly changing and improving, making it even more difficult for practitioners to track the updates about the potential use and application of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.


The workshop provides an opportunity to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing and see how these technologies can be applied to the monitoring of some SDGs: sustainable water management and sanitation; improving resilience and sustainability of cities and urban settlements; conservation of the world’s oceans; sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and more. The main topics include:

  • Remote sensing
  • Geospatial technologies
  • Data collection
  • Decision support systems (DSS)
  • Satellite-based earth monitoring and remote sensing for environmental studies and management (potential and limitations)

The workshop will begin with a plenary session featuring presentations by the world ICT leaders (Google, Esri, etc.) and practitioners (e.g. DG Joint Research Center), setting the stage in applying geospatial technologies and highlighting the importance of “data revolution” in monitoring SDGs. The lessons learnt by participants from these theoretical sessions will be accompanied by practical sessions later during the week.

Target Group

The target group for this course includes UN staff, national focal points of international conventions (e.g. UNECE, Black Sea Commission), mid-career practitioners and researchers directly involved in water, health or other SDG-related issues.

Weekend workshops

In addition to The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water-and Health-related SDGs workshop, short spinoff workshops will also be organized in June and July.
The following weekend workshops will be organized right before and after the Geospatial Technologies course:

Before the course
  • Mapping Surface Water Bodies from Space (June 21)
  • Visualizing and Analyzing Spatial Information with QGIS (June 20-21)
After the course
  • Applications of Google Earth Engine (June 27-28)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Humanitarian Community 2020 (June 27-28)
  • Socio-Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization (June 27-28)

More information on the spinoff workshops (description, application, fees and discounts, etc). is available on the Workshops page.


The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and environmental practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, , who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

For more information about ISEPEI courses http://www.isepei.org/.

See a video of the previous ISEPEI workshops held at CEU Summer University