Dr. ManopAorpimai, Director-General, Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management, represented APSCO in the 9th Global Earth Observation Systems (GEOSS) Asia-Pacific Symposium held in Tokyo, Japan during 11th-13thJanuary, 2017. The event was organized by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan with the theme of ¡°Earth Observation Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific Region¡±. Among 243 participants from 27 countries and 10 organizations, Dr. Manop delivered a presentation on APSCO¡¯s GEOSS-related activities.His presentation was warmly welcomed by the audiences. During the symposium, he also joined the working group discussion, particularly on the WG5: Agriculture and Food Security, where he had an opportunity to share APSCO¡¯s experiences on application of its DSSP on theabove topic with other experts from GEO community. In parallel, there were other 4 discussions, namely, WP1: GEOSS Asian Water Cycling Initiative, WP2: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network, WP3: The GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative, and WP4: Ocean and Society in the AP Region under Blue Planet Initiative.
Beside, APSCO delegate also had an opportunity to meet with other delegates from APSCO members states and share their common interests.The symposium was successfully concluded with the acceptance of the Tokyo Statement 2017 by all participants.