CommonSensing

CommonSensing is an innovative international project based on a partnership between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and a consortium of international partners, working together to support and build climate resilience and enhance decision making through the use of satellite remote sensing technology.

By developing satellite-based information services that directly match challenges and needs, the project will support the three nations in their goals to strengthen capacity to access climate finance and report on climate funds; strengthen national and regional climate action policy; and reduce the impact and improved risk management of natural disasters and food security.

Activities

Improved access to climate finance

Support to access climate finance through strengthened institutional and technical capacity within project beneficiary countries and provision of evidence- based information to develop robust climate finance proposals and prioritisation of project pipelines. This component of the project will closely inter-link with the Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub (CFAH).

Disaster risk reduction for natural hazards

Satellite-derived imagery and elevation models will be used to develop tools for highlighting risk areas for climate driven hazards and facilitating the development of evidence-based strategies for disaster risk reduction.

Enhanced food security

Computational simulations on satellite remote sensing data and other relevant data sources to provide evidence-based insight on the robustness and economics of each nation’s food production systems.

Enhanced resilience to climate change

Weather and climate data already form an important part of countries’ decision-making processes, therefore new satellite data sources will be used to address existing gaps and strengthen existing platforms.

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Partners

CommonSensing brings together nine organisations with world-leading expertise in satellite remote sensing, sustainable development, business analysis, data analysis and modelling and climate change funding.

The project is led by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR’s) Operational Satellite Applications programme (UNOSAT) working with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Satellite Applications Catapult, Devex International, Radiant.Earth, The Met Office, Sensonomic and the University of Portsmouth.