Who we are
The NCO (Netherlands Coordination Office) is the national link between the United Nations and Netherlands parties involved in the United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) programme. The NCO cooperates closely with the UN and in the Netherlands with relevant ministries, research and development institutes, universities, NGOs, SMEs and (multi-national) enterprises.
The purpose of the NCO is to disclose unique and high-quality geographic information, knowledge and capabilities from Netherlands parties to the international UNSDI community in order to contribute to Food Security, Agricultural Development, Water Management, Economic Development, Peace and Safety, Tropical Forest Monitoring, Humanitarian Response, Environmental Protection, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to combat the impact of climate change. The NCO manages the national UNSDI-GeoNetwork portal, making geographic information available from all linked UN bodies and national UNSDI geographic information suppliers.
The geographic information includes unique thematic information, among others derived from satellite remote sensing images, to support policy development and sustainable management. The methods used, knowledge of the various application areas and the available education and training infrastructure all contribute to sustainable capacity development in partner countries while generating bi-lateral economic stimuli.
Geographic information is underlying all decisions to be taken when dealing with the issues in Member States and is also indispensable for food security, water management, combating climate change, timely response to emergy situations and as a key input to sustainable development programmes at national and regional level.
The following team is supporting the UNSDI-NCO activities:
|Jan Cees Venema||Head UNSDI-NCO|
|Arnold Bregt||SDI education and assessment|
|Jelle Hielkema||UN Adviser|
|Gert van der Burg||GBP liaison officer|
UNSDI Belgium liaison
|Hicham Zmarrou||NCO Portal Manager|
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