In a significant step towards a more sustainable future, ESA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding during Earth Information Day at COP28 currently taking place in Dubai. The memorandum signifies a commitment to harness the power of space technology and data for environmental conservation, nature and biodiversity protection and restoration.

UNEP is the global programme of the United Nations (UN) and the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP's dedication to global environmental issues, combined with ESA's expertise in satellite technology and Earth observation, forges a strong alliance to shape a sustainable future for both our planet and society.

The new collaboration will leverage space-based solutions to address pressing environmental challenges, from climate change and environmental protection to pollution monitoring and disaster risk reduction.

The partnership will facilitate the co-development of innovative Earth observation solutions tackling high-priority topics such as the sustainable Green Transition, ecosystem accounting, nature capital valuation and early warning systems for the environment.

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