Satellites to the rescue of world heritageParis – An agreement signed today between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage Earth observation satellites to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas.
The signing of the Agreement, at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget (France), by UNESCO Director-General Koďchiro Matsuura and the Director-General of ESA, Antonio Rodotŕ, officially launches the Open Initiative partnership between UNESCO and ESA, which aims to bring all international space agencies on board to assist developing countries to monitor their World Heritage sites. Also under the Open Initiative scheme, UNESCO is close to signing a cooperation agreement with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and has had requests to join from Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), as well as the Indian, Japanese, Canadian and Brazilian Space Agencies.
|Source||Press Release No 2003 - 35|
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|Editorial Contact:||Peter Coles: Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section. Tel: +33 (0)1 4568 1710|
|Publication Date||18 Jun 2003|