Worldwide, countries are setting their national targets and determining indicators for monitoring advances towards the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which account for differing national realities, capacities and levels of development. The UN resolution states that goals and targets will be followed-up and reviewed using a set of global indicators, and it recognizes the contribution to be made by Earth Observation (EO) and geo-spatial information in supporting implementation and tracking progress.
This seminar introduces briefly the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), its targets and indicators with an emphasis on the potential and limitations of the use of EO to support the different phases of implementation. A more general overview on how remote sensing has been used successfully to advance some internationally agreed environmental goals was also presented including recent products UN agencies are promoting.
About the speaker
Graciela Metternicht is a Professor of Environmental Geography in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee of Geographical Sciences; co-chair of the Dryland Ecosystems Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management; and member of the Science Policy Interface of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification; the Assessment Methodology Group of UNEP's 6th Global Environment Outlook, and the Enabling Ecosystem Surveillance WG of Australia's Ecosystem Science Council. Her research interest is primarily in the fields of environmental geography, with a focus on geospatial technologies and their application in environmental management (mapping and monitoring, sustainable land management, land degradation, indicators, ecosystem services) and sustainability. Prior to joining UNSW, Professor Metternicht was Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cast: Fenner School, ANU
Chevron vs. the Amazon - Public Lecture by Associate Professor Dr John Minns
Presented by The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Embassy of Ecuador in Australia.
In June this year the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the oil company Chevron and against 30,000 Ecuadorians who claimed that Texaco – later acquired by Chevron - had caused massive environmental damage in oil production between the early 1970s and 1993 in the Lago Agrio field in north-east Ecuador. The Ecuadorians have argued since then that the attempt to clean-up the oil fields had been unsuccessful and that many in the region had suffered major health problems as a result.
This talk looks at the legacy of oil production in the region and examines the political economy of oil in Ecuador, the environmental problems frequently caused and the difficulties raised by asymmetrical power relations between developing countries and first-world corporations.
About the speaker:
Dr John Minns is Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the ANU. He is a former Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and a former President of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia. He has won many awards for teaching and public policy including the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. In 2017 he was appointed an ANU Distinguished Educator. He is engaged in research on the political economy of oil in Ecuador.