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29 April 2014. ESPI hosted an evening event aimed at looking at how Earth Observation data is used vis- a- vis policy makers to show a need for regulatory action in a given situation. It included a discussion on how to create proper public policy even if the effects of remedial action are harder to predict, and gave examples of where Earth Observation data demonstrates a need for new regulations.

After welcoming words by ESPI Director Peter Hulsroj, a presentation entitled “How Earth Observation data causes regulation” was provided by Alan Belward, Head of Land Resource Management Unit at Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Dr Stephen Briggs, Senior Adviser for Earth Observation programmes at ESA, delivered a presentation entitled “Earth Observation: evidence for regulation and legislation”. The presentation gave examples of fields where the use of Earth Observation data demonstrates a need for regulation.

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion with the audience and closing remarks by Peter Hulsroj.

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