Support of responsible
environmental and natural
resource management

Environment & Natural Resources

Protecting the environment and preserving natural resources is vital to quality of life, sustainable development and biodiversity. Climate change, degradation of habitats and depletion of natural resources are significant risks to economic well-being and may affect the resilience of communities and ecosystems.

Satellite Earth observation is a core information source for providing information on the state and change of the environment. Geospatial solutions effectively support environmental monitoring and management and help mitigating and adapting to the effects of economic growth and climate change.

Our clients:

  • International institutions
  • Donor organisations
  • Policy makers
  • Governments
  • Water authorities

 

  • Agencies and financing institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • NGOs
  • Consulting business
  • Industry

We deliver …

  • objective and unbiased information on the location and state of ecosystems including changes in land cover, related ecosystem functions and transformation processes
  • site inventories and assessments of natural habitats and protected areas to support mitigation measures and management plans as well as ecosystem service valuation
  • mapping and monitoring of desertification, natural greening and reforestation
  • carbon stock assessment, mapping, and modelling for REDD+ projects
  • quantification of water cycle components that is essential in integrated water resources assessment and management (WOIS)
  • transparent, timely and consistent information on the existence, historical development and status of wetlands as well as on the hydrological conditions and active water management
  • mapping of natural hazards, monitoring of hazard-prone areas and assessment of hazard risk
  • wall-to-wall land use and land use change monitoring systems that allow spatially explicit assessments under LULUCF obligations

Information Products

Vietnam | Huong Son

Ecosystem mapping & service valuation

Vietnam | Huong Son

Valuation of timber production based on high detailed Earth observation products, including detailed forest changes. Such information are used as basis for developing potential future land use scenarios.

Liberia

REDD+ national forest monitoring

Liberia

Earth observation based mapping of land cover/land use for entire Liberia, with emphasis on forest cover. The information is used to support the national REDD strategy for sustainable management of forests.

Honduras

Forest management & land tenure security

Honduras

Earth observation based assessment of land use changes and deforestation rates. Such information is used to assess forest clearing and examine causal relationships between deforestation and tenure security.

Satellite-based maps

  • Ecosystem inventory and change
  • Protected sites inventory and change
  • Forest extent and change
  • Tree type, cover density and height
  • Dynamic and historical hazard mapping (e.g. floods)
  • Water body inventory
  • River basin characterisation
  • Wetland delineation and change
  • Mangrove extent and change
  • Coastline and coastline change mapping

 

Spatial analytical products

  • Forest inventory support
  • Hazard frequency
  • Ecosystem service mapping
  • Ecosystem and habitat change accounting
  • REDD+ forest change analysis
  • Water supply indicators
  • Water balance monitoring
  • LULCF change matrices

 

Modelled products

  • Pressure and threat analysis
  • Hydrological modelling and characterisation
  • Hazard risk (flood, coastal erosion and inundation etc.)
  • Ecosystem Service valuation
  • Habitat fragmentation
  •  Carbon Stock change
  • Biomass estimation

Success Story

Law enforcement
and governance

2014, Georgia

Forest resources are important for improving rural community well-being and alleviating the impacts of poverty. The International Union for Conservation (IUCN) commissioned GeoVille to establish a satellite based method for assessing forest-dependent communities with respect to climate change, resource depletion and deforestation. GeoVille developed the ‘Forest Community Fingerprint’ as a cost-effective tool to more accurately estimate the human-nature dependency structure in these forest ecosystems and to document drivers of sustainability and efficiency of interactions between communities and their surrounding resources. The system statistically links in-situ surveys with geospatial Earth observation data to predict relationships between forest dependency and the community’s geographic and demographic context.

In the long run, the developed Earth observation capacity will support IUCN to enable an early identification of forest-dependent communities at risk of reduced adaptive capacity to climate change.

“The use of EO provided the means for IUCN to identify forest change and to help add another layer of information to our ‘basket’ regarding forest use and resource depletion. This information is especially critical in remote, difficult-to-reach geographies.”

Richard Aishton, IUCN – ENPI FLEG

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Projects

19

Years

112

Countries

282

Projects

Serving the Agendas of our customers

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GeoVille Information Systems
and Data Processing GmbH

Sparkassenplatz 2
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

Tel: +43 512 562021-0
Fax: +43 512 562021-22
Email: info(at)geoville.com