On the 6th of June, 2017 Inese Suija-Markova, the managing director of the Institute for Environmental Solutions travelled to Brussels to represent Latvia in the Launch event of Copernicus Relays and Copernicus Academy event in which she was also invited to give the speech of IES's best practice of the use of Copernicus Services and rising the potential end-users' awareness of the Copernicus programme.
At the beginning of 2017, IES was awarded with the Copernicus Relay and Copernicus Academy status. As the only Latvian representative of the network, IES will play a key role in improving the domestic awareness and understanding of opportunities provided by Copernicus, as well as widening the community of users (both sectoral and geographical). Thereby maximising the programme's impact by contributing to the development of new products and services that use Copernicus data and information. The launched network of more than 60 countries will work to increase exchange of ideas and best practices across borders and disciplines while contributing to the development of the use of Earth Observation data in general and Copernicus data and information in particular, in various public or private user organisations or industries.
Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date and its tasked with providing accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate and ensure civil security. The initiative is headed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency.
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