Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs 2020

Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Date: 19 - 23 October 2020

Important information!

The core ISEPEI course “Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs” and the related ISEPEI-SUN Weekend Workshops, originally planned to be held between 22 June and 6 July, 2020, are re-scheduled for October, 2020. The tentative dates are 19 October - 23 October, 2020.

The course organizers, however, decided to offer a one-week long introductory online webinar series, entitled „Bridging ICTs and the Environment” between 22-28 June, 2020. The webinars will give a taste of the topics which will be discussed further in more details during the in-residence courses/workshops in October 2020.

Attending the webinars is free for anyone who is interested and registered in advance. If you would like to participate in the online webinar series please submit THIS REGISTRATION FORM by June 15 at the latest. More information on the in-residence courses and weekend workshops in October will be published on the SUN website later during the summer.

How can geospatial technologies and remote sensing monitor the progress towards SDGs relater to water and health?

Despite the tremendous potential of employing geospatial technologies in evidence-based and more knowledgeable decision-making, there is still a gap between the technologies and their practical implementation to develop better environmental policies.

Furthermore, geospatial technologies and remote sensing are constantly changing, making it even more difficult for environmental professionals to stay updated on technology developments and their practical use. This course provides an opportunity for water and health practitioners to learn about the latest advancements and best practices from geospatial industry leaders, global key stakeholders, and other participants.


The workshop provides an opportunity to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing and see how these technologies can be applied to the monitoring of some SDGs: sustainable water management and sanitation; improving resilience and sustainability of cities and urban settlements; conservation of the world’s oceans; sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and more. The main topics include:

  • Remote sensing;
  • Geospatial technologies;
  • Data collection;
  • Decision Support Systems (DSS);
  • Satellite-based earth monitoring for environmental management.

The course will include a plenary session featuring presentations by the world ICTs leaders (Esri, Google, Planet, etc.) and practitioners (e.g. European Commission's Joint Research Centre), setting the stage for the application of geospatial technologies and highlighting the importance of “data revolution” in monitoring SDGs. After the plenary, practical sessions will begin. These sessions are dedicated to different technologies and their applications.

Course Directors

Viktor Lagutov, ISEPEI Project, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU

Lorant Czaran, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


Anupam Anand, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Alan Belward, European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC)

Douglas Cripe, Groups of Earth Observation (GEO)

Ed Parsons, Google

Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Dr. Habil. Zoltán Vekerdy, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), the University of Twente / Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University

Target Group

The target group for this course includes UN staff, national focal points of international conventions, mid-career professionals and researchers directly involved in water, health or other SDGs-related issues.

Additional Information

In addition to The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water-and Health-related SDGs workshop, spin-off workshops are organized. 

The Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring Water- and Health-related SDGs workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and environmental practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

How to apply?

Click here to apply.

Financial information 

Price of the workshop: 800 EUR

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