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GEO-LDN Dialogue Forum for Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) 2025

GEO-LDN aims to establish strong partnerships with countries that share our vision and commitment to utilizing earth observation data, geospatial technologies, and intersectoral collaboration to address complex challenges in areas such as Integrated Land Use Planning (ILUP) and reaching LDN. Our primary goal is to meet the needs and interests of countries with LDN targets using earth observations and/or spatial planning.

Successful applicants will be sponsored to join the Dialogue Forum in 1st or 2nd quarter of 2025. The exact date, time and place will be published later. The Dialogue Forum aims to facilitate peer-to-peer exchange and in-person support on national challenges regarding reaching LDN through spatial planning instruments and the use of geospatial data. It is one of the foundational elements for becoming a part of GEO-LDN’s long-term peer-to-peer exchange program, where Countries and Intersectoral Teams receive regular support and expertise.

Through this open call, we invite Intersectoral Teams to submit applications that present a strong interest in using geospatial data to reach LDN and implement ILUP. The selected Intersectoral Teams will gain access to our extensive network of experts, technical resources, and capacity development programs to facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions.

 

Why apply?

GEO-LDN has adopted a toolbox approach to help Countries to define user needs and develop use cases relevant for them. Improved gender-sensitive planning of land resources is important to reach LDN, however the specific planning differs per Country.

We support and capacitate relevant actors in Countries to use earth observation data to monitor land degradation and work towards LDN. More specifically, our offer includes:

  1. working groups to advance the human capacity, data standards and analytics needed to implement LDN,
  2. support by the GEO-LDN Flagship,
  3. an engaged and committed leads group, consisting of renowned scientists and practitioners of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Conservation International (C.I), the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Ghana, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) and others to offer 2nd level support,
  4. a continuous knowledge exchange and learning platform until 2026 through the annual dialogue forums and monthly online seminars, offering access to a community of land use planners and geospatial practitioners.
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How to apply?

View or download the following documents for your application: 

  1. Open Call Document
  2. Data Protection Consent Form 
  3. Application Guidelines

 
Criteria against which applications will be assessed:

Knock-out criteria:
The application needs to meet the following criteria – if not, it will not be assessed in the further process:
  1. Applicant country is eligible to receive ODA
  2. Application documents are complete (see “application” section)
  3. Intersectoral team has 3 members of which at least 1 is female, and teams with 4-5 members with at least 2 females
  4. Application involves national institution(s) mandated with spatial planning or planning of the physical environment. (Generic suggestions for suitable institutions: Ministry of Lands, Planning, Environment, Forestry, Agriculture etc…)

 

Assessment Grid:

We encourage applications even if not all criteria in the assessment grid are met. A ranking will be applied. All applications will be assessed by the GEO-LDN committee.