GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop in Tunis

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GEO-CRADLE: Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS


Addressing regional needs in North Africa by enhancing Earth Observation uptake and relevant business performances

We cordially invite you to participate in the Regional Workshop of the GEO-CRADLE Horizon2020 project ( - Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS). The event is jointly organized by the Project Coordinator National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the Project Partner Research and Studies Telecommunications Centre (CERT). It will take place on:

December 7th 2017

at the Hôtel El Mouradi Gammarth,

Les côtes de Carthage, La Marsa, Tunis, BP 597-2070, Carthage, Tunisia

This regional workshop will focus on identifying the potential local challenges and needs that can be addressed with the Earth Observation (EO), enabling more informed decision making, while seeking solutions to enhance growth and innovation in the geo-information sector. Aiming to support knowledge sharing, capacity building and an enhanced cooperation between academia and industry, the event will also provide participants with a unique cross-sector networking opportunity. In addition, panel discussions will be complemented with information on available EU funding in the EO sector. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this event and we are certain that your presence and input will greatly enrich our discussions.

For further information about project activities, please visit the GEO-CRADLE website at

Yours sincerely,

  Dr Haris Kontoes                                           Dr Hend Ben Hadji 

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA                GEO-CRADLE Project Partner CERT



The GEO-CRADLE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690133.






GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop in Tunis

December 7th 2017, from 8h00 to 17h00

Elmouradi, Gammarth Hotel Tunis








Opening of the B2B exhibition


Welcome notes

Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA

Mr. Naoufel Ben Said, CEO CERT

Session 1: GEO-CRADLE contribution to the region

Chairperson: Dr. Haris Kontoes


GEO-CRADLE project in context of regional needs

Dr. Haris Kontoes

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA


GEO-CRADLE in support to SDGs implementation in the areas of Adaptation to Climate Change, Improved Food Security & Water Extremes Management, Access to Raw Materials and Access to Energy

Ms. Alexia Tsouni

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team, NOA


GEO-CRADLE in support to capacity building, stakeholder engagement, data sharing, and the Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Tunisia and the region

Ms. Alexia Tsouni

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team, NOA


Q&A - Discussion


Coffee Break

Session 2: Earth Observation Technologies

and Remote Sensing applications for Natural Resources Management and Agriculture Monitoring

Chairperson: Dr. Hend Ben Hadji


Products and services from European Space Imaging and use cases of Very High Resolution satellite imagery in support of crop management

Mr. Arnaud Durand

European Space Imaging


The insights economy and its use cases using Planet satellite constellations

Ms. Athiye Jawad

Planet Labs Corporation


PCI Geomatics for environmental monitoring applications

A look at data pre-processing and analysis

Mr. Stewart Wyseman

PCI Geomatics


Geospatial solutions to develop the performance of the agricultural sector

Mr. Chaher Hamzaoui

NGI Maghreb


The central role of GIS and image analysis systems for exploiting the Earth Observation data

Mr. Magdy Gaafar

Graphtech, Esri Tunisian Official Distributor


Earth Observation for agricultural monitoring and food security. Tunisian case studies

Dr. Feiza Khebour Allouche, Ph.D.

ISA / Chott-Mariem


Geospatial data and tools for natural resources management in the drylands of Tunisia

Mr. Mongi Ben Zaied, MSc.

Institute of Arid Regions (IRA)


Q&A - Discussion


Lunch Break

Session 3: Climate Change

Chairperson: Dr. Abdel Aziz Kallal


Observe past climate variability, project future climate change

Mr. Haythem Belghrissi

National Institute of Meteorology (INM)


Exploitation of Earth Observation data for monitoring the implementation of climate agreements and initiatives: OSS Experience

Mr. Nabil Ben Khatra

Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)


EO's contribution to the climate change risk and vulnerability assessment of the agriculture sector

Mr. Amimeur Matouk

Bureau National d'Etude pour le Développement Rural (BNEDER), Algeria


Q&A - Discussion


Coffee Break

Session 4: Digital Earth of Cartography and Mapping applications

Chairperson: Mr. Hatem Guesmi


Digital soil cartography and mapping using satellite images

Dr. Zouhaeir Ben Rabah

National Mapping and Remote Sensing Center (CNCT)


Urban Disaster Resilience through Risk Assessment and Sustainable Planning (UDR-RASP)

Ms. Sonia Ayed

Municipality of Monastir


Application of remote sensing to deepen the hydrological study of a watershed (Medjerda basin case)

Ms. Lamia Khmiri

Regional Remote Sensing Center of North African States (CRTEAN)


Q&A - Discussion



Comments and conclusions for better use of EO data and applications – Best practices.

Dr. Haris Kontoes

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA



Thursday, December 7, 2017 8:00 AM


Hôtel El Mouradi Gammarth
Les côtes de Carthage
BP 597-2070 المرسى
La Marsa Soukra,Tunisia

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