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The Earth Observations Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements - Supporting Evidence-based policy-making for Equitable Urban Futures

In this training event, participants will learn how easy it is to access data available within the Earth Observations Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements ( for SDG 11 reporting. The Toolkit provides easy access to Earth Observation data and tools for non-EO experts at national, city, and local community levels. The Toolkit uses user stories to illustrate the role of EO for urban-related indicators, guiding policies, and supporting sustainable urban development.

Monika Kuffer


date June 29, 2022 | 10:00 - 13:00
Multifunction Hall Room 1
ITC, University of Twente
Transforming Cities through Innovative Solutions and Technologies
TE 17


Within this training, we will showcase and provide hands-on experiences on SDG 11 and New Urban Agenda (NUA) indicator applications using Earth Observation data available via the Toolkit ( The Toolkit provides ready-to-use data products that are addressing major urban challenges on housing, open spaces, urbanization and public transport. Furthermore, the Toolkit collects user stories and showcases the role of EO for urban-related indicators, supporting evidence-based policies for sustainable urban development in the context of the SDGs and the NUA. The Training will illustrate how EO data can support local and national governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), community groups and other urban actors in addressing reporting needs and guiding policy actions. In this context, during the training, we showcase the potential of EO-based data to support activities of government users, NGOs and community groups as well as to combine community data with EO data. For example, to support responsible climate adaptation, local dialogue must be supported by high-quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data at the local level, taking into account the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. For this purpose, we will illustrate on some example datasets within the Toolkit how relevant local data can be generated in the form of hands-on exercises and group discussion on the role of such data for evidence-based policymaking on increasing equity in urban spaces.


The Earth Observations Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements ( opens EO data and tools for non-EO experts with the aim to bring information to national, city governments, and to the local community level. This training event aims - to foster the uptake by stakeholders of digital maps of urban SDG and NUA indicators produced from satellite imagery. Therefore the main objectives of the training are:

- to provide stakeholders with an overview of open and free Earth Observation data availability to map and monitor urban SDG and NUA indicators;

- to enable hands-on experiences on developing locally meaningful spatial information about urban SDG and NUA relevant indicators for example cities;

- to discuss and reflect on the role of such local spatial data for supporting evidence-based policies for Equitable Urban Futures.

Session speakers

Dr. Monika Kuffer
ITC, University of Twente
Mr. Patryk Grzybowski
IGiK, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography
Dr. Argyro Kavvada
Dr. Thomas Kemper
Mr. Michele Melchiorri
Mr. Dennis Mwaniki
Prof. Dr. Yifang Ban
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
Ms. Nale Mudau
Dr. Peter Elias
UNILAG, University of Lagos
Mr. Rafael Monge Vargas
MINAE, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica