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Opening Session. Photo from the Asian Development Bank

Capacity Building on Remote Sensing Applications in Pekalongan, Indonesia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organised and financed a workshop to strenghten knowledge and capacity building on remote sensing applications in Pekalongan (Indonesia) between 5 and 9 December 2022.

The event involved 45 participants from local government agencies, institutions and communities and focused on land subsidence, a phenomenon affecting Pekalongan’s coastal area. The European companies and GDA AID consortia members Planetek Italia and CIMA Research Foundation gave lectures during the workshop, among other stakeholders such as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Indonesian Research Organisation for Aeronautics and Space (ORPA BRIN).

Participants during a training session on using Earth Observation processing platform to map land subsidence and other risks in Indonesia.

The training enhanced the local government’s capacity to apply Earth Observation to assess and monitor land subsidence, and helped identifying potential solutions to cope with this risk in Pekalongan. Such capacity building efforts, aligned with Earth observation technical developments from programme such as GDA, help scaling up and operationalising the use of EO in development projects.

The training helped raising awareness about land subsidence in the area. On this picture, the head of Tratebang Village in Wonokerto District gained insights about land subsidence using satellite EO images. He has been observing this phenomenon affecting the coastline since 2013.