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Geospatial information for urban sustainable development goal monitoring

Hugo Poelman

(Submission #161)


The UN sustainable development goal 11 "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" refers to targets and indicators that have an evident spatial dimension. While monitoring goal 11 at the aggregated level of countries and/or world regions provides concise information about relevant trends, the aggregation often hides substantial diversity amongst cities and territories, well worth analysing and monitoring. In comparison to established national statistical systems, geospatial information provides the potential for a more flexible territorial analysis.

This presentation highlights a few cases of combinations of INSPIRE, Copernicus and open data, analysed to produce urban indicators providing a more detailed insight in the diversity of urban situations with regard of SDG 11 targets.

Access to (sustainable) public transport systems can be monitored by evaluating the level of access within urban areas, taking into account spatial patterns of population distribution and transport services provision.

Indicators on access to green urban areas can help monitoring progress towards universal access to green and public spaces. Detailed land use data, especially focusing on artificial and/or built-up areas, help to contextualise various urban SDG targets and indicators.


Topic Area:  [1.3] Use and potential of INSPIRE for the development of indicators
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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