At the “Eye on Earth Summit” in early October, the ISEPEI Project, directed by CEU’s Viktor Lagutov was showcased in several sessions. Lagutov and Project Manager Emily Nilson were at the Abu Dhabi Summit representing ISEPEI, a project that came about as a result of the inaugural “Eye on Earth Summit” in 2011, where it was selected among several other notable project proposals for funding. ISEPEI, or “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. This creates 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. ISEPEI highlights 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.
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, including droughts and flooding. Another workshop focused on disaster risk reduction.
The project was highlighted in several sessions and activities throughout the three-day event in Abu Dhabi: at the Environmental Education breakout session, Water Security breakout session, and the UNEP GUPES side event. At dedicated Special Initiative exhibition booths the project was represented through videos, presentations, and distribution materials.