On 23 and 24 January 2014, the IncREO consortium gathered in Brussels at EC/REA to report about the technical progress and results. The review meeting was one of the most important milestones of the IncREO project, as its main objective was to highlight what had been achieved in the first half of the project and to attest these achievements by corresponding elaborated concepts, demonstrators, tools and related user feedback.
The review meeting effectively held at the Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels, Belgium, related to the technical progress and results of activities of the IncREO project from year 1. During this meeting that marked the mid-term review of the planned activities and objectives, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), reported on Work Package (WP) 206 – Community Networking and end-user facilitation.
The REA’s overall assessment may be summed up as ‘making a good progress’. The evaluator specified that an excellent spirit of collaboration had been demonstrated among all partners and that the direct involvement of representatives of users was highly appreciated. In particular, the role assigned to UNESCO was chief in front of the need for solid feedbacks and the validation of products by end-users. To that end, UNESCO had brought to Brussels a delegation of end users from the region of Veneto: Loredana Barattin, Mayor of the Municipality of Chies, in representation of the 5 municipalities forming the Alpago area (Chies, Farra, Pieve, Puos, and Tambre) and Roberto Taranta, Delegate of the Civil Protection Agency of the Veneto Region.
REA’s assessment acknowledged the key efforts made by UNESCO to involve representatives of Albanian users. The report finally praised UNESCO for its work judged indispensable for the successful conclusion of the IncREO project, scheduled in December 2014.
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IncREO - Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation is funded by the European Commission under the programme Copernicus, which aims to enhance the EU’s capacity in Global Monitoring for Environment and Security. The UNESCO Venice Office is a partner of this project which is coordinated by Astrium Services.