Summer University 2015: Bridging ICTs and the Environment - Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security

Central European University, in cooperation with UNOOSA and UNEP

UNOOSA, together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), supported the recent ISEPEI 2015 ICT training event on "Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security".

The workshop focussed on bridging the gap between academia and cutting edge technologies by bringing ICT developers into the classroom and arranging their direct communication with decision-makers in water management and security. The workshop covered remote sensing, geospatial technologies, data publishing, and decision-support systems, among others .

More information can be found at: has released a video, produced by Central European University (CEU), and filmed during the event.

The ISEPEI Project, "In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals", is based on the premise that as the amount of data constantly increases and the information and communication technologies (ICTs) that can be used to extract information from that data are constantly being updated, it is a challenge for decision-makers to stay informed and even to be aware of their existence and their potential to greatly improve data-driven decision-making. See more at:

A joint project between CEU and UNEP's Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), ISEPEI is a part of the Eye on Environmental Education Special Initiative, one of eight dedicated topical initiatives under Eye on Earth. With the support and involvement of several key Eye on Earth stakeholders from a variety of these Special Initiatives, ISEPEI has been running international workshops since 2014 and developing a dedicated training manual for decision-makers on the application of several different ICTs in a variety of water security issues, e.g. drought, transboundary aquifer usage, flooding, and others. The workshop topics thus far have included water security and disaster risk reduction and aimed to show the potential these ICTs have to greatly improve capacity to make more informed decisions about the environment based on more reliable, accurate, and timely data.

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