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Earthwatchers wins big in Europe Global Monitoring competition

Oct 23, 2011

DeforestACTION Earth Watchers project as the first overall winner – the GMES Master 2011 endowed with €20 000.

DeforestACTION Earth Watchers was hailed as an “innovative approach to rainforest conservation” and submitted by the Dutch company Geodan.

Prof Dr Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, unveiled the ambitious project, which also won in the Ideas Challenge category, empowers ordinary citizens in rainforest monitoring through social media, and uses ‘crowd-sourcing’ – which involves millions of volunteers in analysing near-realtime satellite imagery – to help halt illegal deforestation.

We congratulate everyone involved in this fantastic achievement. 

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