On the 18th November 2021, NEREUS together with the European Commission and the European Space Agency organised the 4rth Copernicus4regions webinar: “How Copernicus supports Europe’s regions to improve prevention and preparedness to natural disasters” as part of a series of 5 online events. The objective of the webinar was to engage in a debate on the dimension of Copernicus for the Green Deal and the development of sustainable practices related to prevention and preparedness to natural disasters.
Sharing their individual experiences and views, public users from different parts of Europe (Katja Banovec Juroš and Ms. Kaja Kandare (Slovenia)), Ms Sarah Duverney and Ms Stephanie Battiston (Hauts de France, France), Mr. Danielle Spizzichinio (Italy), Ms Maria Grigoriadou, and Prof. Andreas Kazantzidis (Central Macedonia, Greece) presented their use cases and engaged in an intensive discussion with the audience on relevant matters such as how Copernicus support for the prevention and better preparedness to civil and natural emergencies in regions, etc. The leaflet is available here (link).
Further, the debate was enriched by the political statements of Theodoros Papadopoulos, Mayor of Thermi (Central Macedonia region, GR) and Members of European Parliament: Younous Omarjee, president of the EP-Committee on Regional Development and Jutta Paulus, Member of the EP-Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The politicians emphasized that Copernicus plays a vital role in the prevention and better preparedness to civil and natural emergencies. Moreover, they showcased Copernicus as an indispensable tool to plan their policies for the implementation of regional development.
The webinar was moderated by Veronika Hunt Šafránková, the Head of the UN Environment Programme Brussels Office and it was open to the public for questions.
Click here to watch the individual use cases and the politicians’ statements (link). Watch here the full webinar: