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Copernicus Relay guidelines and policy recommendations

A report summarizing the work of the CERSP presents guidelines for Copernicus Relay and policy recommendations for regional and EU-level policymakers.

Published 18.01.2021 - Updated 18.01.2021

The work of the Copernicus European Regional Strategy Panel (CERSP) has been finalized and is compiled into a report that jointly presents guidelines for Copernicus Relays and policy recommendations. The policy recommendations part complements the policy briefings presented here. Moreover, the results and outcomes are also summarized in the CoRdiNet – CopHub.AC joint booklet presented at the two project’s joint Final Event.

The Copernicus Relays guidelines summarizes the skills needed for Copernicus Relays including the embedding in local business networks and public administrative structures, among other things. Moreover, the report lists engagements and activities to facilitate, such as awareness raising and promotion events, user training activities, and support to user uptake, to name a few. Furthermore, potential synergies between Copernicus Relays and Academy members are discussed. These include to promote the adhesion of Copernicus Relay and Academy members to cover different areas of interest, and to team up along locally relevant application solutions where Copernicus Relays provide access and door-opening for Copernicus Academy members to regional public authorities and SMEs dealing with Earth Observation services and applications.

The policy recommendations cover both the European regional level as well as EU policy makers. Regional policy makers are encouraged to, among other things, engage international and interregional exchanges and cooperation to pool expertise, to seek dialogue with EU institutions, service providers and organisations relevant for Earth Observation, and to support the use of Earth Observation in several sectors and the transformation of data into information. Policy makers at EU level, on the other hand, are recommended to act to improve local access to Earth Observation generating knowledge and data transmission across the EU, to stimulate industry and training system to include Copernicus data and services, and to foster bottom-up instruments such as the Copernicus Framework Partnership Agreement.

The full report can be downloaded here.