Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN have developed a new tool to enable access to maps with key climate trends. Earth maps will empower FAO’s Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform to allow people with basic Internet access to tap critical climate.
It is a free web-based tool that provides analytically cogent insights from satellites. These maps have been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO’s Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform.
Comprehensive tools will provide members and their partners and donors will identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals.
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said “I am convinced that transforming our food systems to feed the world will be achieved with digital agriculture. We need to make digital technologies accessible to everyone.”
Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, said “At a time when environmental and societal challenges are paramount, we strive for Google’s products to enable all countries with equal access to the latest technology in support of global climate action and sustainable development. FAO knows what information is needed, we specialize in information accessibility, and both of us are committed to boosting the resilience of people and communities worldwide.”
Google and FAO signed an agreement marking the beginning of their partnership in 2015 on the sidelines of the Paris Agreement.
In the initial times, they focused their efforts on forest and crop mapping techniques. Now, they are rapidly extending to other areas such as pest control, biodiversity conservation, and water management.