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ISSeP

The Scientific Institute of Public Services (ISSeP) is a publicly funded research institute providing advice and support to Walloon authorities and private companies in environmental metrology. ISSeP has a legacy of over 100 years of research and expertise in the environmental field in Wallonia. It is the worthy successor to the Mining Institute (1902), the National Institute of Coal Industries (INICHar-1947), and the National Institute of Extraction Industries (INUEx-1967).

General Info:

The Scientific Institute of Public Services (ISSeP) is a publicly funded research institute providing advice and support to Walloon authorities and private companies in environmental metrology. ISSeP has a legacy of over 100 years of research and expertise in the environmental field in Wallonia. It is the worthy successor to the Mining Institute (1902), the National Institute of Coal Industries (INICHar-1947), and the National Institute of Extraction Industries (INUEx-1967).

By characterising the environment through regulatory, normative, technical observation or remote sensing as well as comparing data, the ISSeP helps the Walloon Region to make the right decisions when it comes to environmental policies. The ISSeP is also distinguishable for its benchmark laboratory, the only one in its field in Wallonia. The ISSeP provides all those involved in the public and private sectors with an independent, transparent, and impartial public service.

www.issep.be

Dr. Eric HALLOT : e.hallot@issep.be

Title of the selected project:

Share, enrich and outreach EO uptake experiences for public stakeholders with other Copernicus Relays and NEREUS members.

 

Main outputs:

The proposed action aims to complement CoRdiNet-activities by sharing and valorizing Walloon EO strategic initiatives and knowledge (projects’ portfolio).

It aims to give a better insight into needs and challenges of local and regional authorities towards EO-solutions, i.e. raise their awareness in Copernicus.

1. Synthesis and translation of the Walloon position paper.

2. Gathering of successful EO applications within a projects’ portfolio, reinforcing the 2018 “The Ever Growing Use of Copernicus across Europe’s Regions “ initiative at Walloon scale.

3. Dissemination of the action outputs towards regional EO ecosystems, other CRs, Academies and European EO players . Contacts have already been established with GD Luxembourg (LIST) and France (CEREMA, Geo Bretagne).

4. Presentation of the results during next Walloon EO working group event (end 2019).

5. Initiate dialogue with neighbouring CRs to pursue the action (e.g. Experience sharing with the “Le plan d’application satellitaire 2018 from France)

6. Assessment of the opportunity to extend to a multilateral European dialogue.

 

What motivated you to participate as an external/associated  partner to the CoRdiNet?

By sharing these with other European stakeholders, we hope to benefit from other EU experiences, and provide useful insights from the Walloon initiatives, in order to increase the role of EO as a key solution for multiple local to regional applications.

 

What type of new contacts did you make and what have you learnt out of your engagement with CoRdiNeT?

This participation also allowed us to participate in the EO4GEO workshop "Better Skills for Space Geo-Information and Copernicus User Uptake - Discussing the EO4GEO Sector Skills Strategy and its Recommendations" in New Aquitaine (France). Many interesting contacts have been made.

Our work with the Working Group on Earth Observation and the Joint Working Group on Earth Observations of the Walloon public services was presented through two presentations;:

  • "Towards a reinforced use of Earth Observation by the Walloon Public Services for the benefit of citizens", Eric HALLOT, Institut scientifique de Service public (ISSeP) - Wallonie, Cellule Télédétection et Géodonnées
  • "Cooperation to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and use of Copernicus by the public sector: integration into a geomatics strategy", Emmanuel Jauquet, Public Service of Wallonia General Secretariat, Department of Geomatics, Directorate of Geometrology

 

How does your proposed action/project complement the purpose of CoRdiNet? What is your contribution to the Copernicus ecosystem? 

This allowed us to highlight the complementary work of the Working Group on Earth Observation and the Joint Working Group on Earth Observations of the Walloon public services through the drafting of a position paper. It represents the result of a three-year group study comprising 140 participants coming from public bodies, universities, research centres and private sector bodies, this Position Paper aims to inform all Walloon public policy-makers and all other persons interested in the increased use of satellite imagery in the decision making process in Wallonia.

The work in recent months has mainly focused on the adoption by the public authorities of a reinforced use of Earth Observation by the Walloon Public Services for the benefit of citizens, but also to propose regional cooperation to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and the use of Copernicus by the public sector with integration into Wallonia's geomatic strategy.

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