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CommonSensing: Remote [Common] Sensing for Climate Resilience

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Small island nations located in the Pacific are exposed to the damaging effects of climate change. Such changes in the climate system have direct effects on the livelihoods, the economy, overall development and the very existence of many small island nations. Urgent action to build capacity for climate resilience is therefore required. The overall aim of CommonSensing is to use satellite remote sensing applications to support three Commonwealth countries: Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu achieve their goal of improved national resilience to climate change. The project’s main output is to provide evidence and data needed for these island states to be able to apply to climate funding in collaboration with the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access hub with a much higher degree of success than presently. This will allow these island states to obtain the funding they need to protect critical infrastructure and build resilience into their economy to combat the growing effects of climate change. CommonSensing will deliver impact in two main areas: • In terms of Earth Observation (EO) derived services, CommonSensing will use EO data to provide partners with access to vital information regarding disaster and climate risks to inform planning, food security needs and impact on the environment. This information will be readily available to users through easily accessible services. • In terms of sustainability and capacity development, partners aim to contribute to national and regional technical capabilities to inform policy and secure funding for climate change resilience programmes beyond the three-year project. In addition, CommonSensing consortium partners are committed to supporting the long-term sustainability of the information services they develop with the three partner countries.


The overall aim of CommonSensing is to improve resilience towards climate change, including disaster risk reduction, and contribute to sustainable development in three selected Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The project will combine earth observation data to provide stakeholders with access to important information regarding disaster risks (including disaster risk planning, food security, climate risk and other environmental concerns). This information will be accessible to beneficiaries through a web portal and mobile applications.

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