Geo-Cradle ( was (end of the project 11/2018) a succesful coordination and support action that has evolved into a new regional GEO initiative. Geo-Cradle project's main objective was to establish a multi-regional coordination network in NAMEBA (North Africa Middle-East and BAlkans) region, in order to: (i) support the effective integration of existing EO capacities (space/air-borne/in-situ monitoring networks, modelling and data exploitation skills, and past project experience), (ii) provide the interface for the engagement of the complete ecosystem of EO stakeholders (scientists, service/data providers, end-users, governmental orgs, and decision makers), (iii) promote the concrete uptake of EO services and data in response to regional needs, relevant to the thematic priorities of the Call (adaptation to climate change, improved food security, access to raw materials and energy), and (iv) contribute to the improved implementation of and participation in GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in the region.

        Hence, GEO-CRADLE's activities were focused on generating a regional inventory ( of EO capacities and user needs, which in turn led to a gap analysis (, the definition of region specific (G)EO Maturity Indicators ( and common priority needs by showcasing feasibility studies (Pilots) ( Through showcasing pilots, it demonstrated how the priorities can be tackled by the GEO-CRADLE Network (Networikng Platform -, and provided the roadmap for the future implementation of GEOSS and Copernicus in the region, building on the GEO-CRADLE Regional Data Hub (, which abides by the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles. 
        To this end, The Project is linked with the following National, Regional and International activities: AfriGEOSS, ConnectingGEO, BalkanGEONetObserve, EnergGEO, BRAGMA, EOPOWER, EOMiners, BEYOND, and ACTRIS. These initiatives will leverage existing capacities and planned assets and resources, and will coordinate and bring together relevant data providers, stakeholders, institutions and agencies. Such a massive resource of data providers compatible with GCI could support NextGEOSS perspectives.

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Coordinate Reference System WGS 1984
Language English
Legal Constraints All the outputs (Feasibility studies - Pilots, Regional Data Hub, Regional Networking Platform of GEO-CRADLE) can be used free of charge. In case results are used in publications or other Web sites, it is required to mention National Observatory of Athens as provider of the used information.
Purpose The pilot is developed as part of the NexGEOSS project funded by the European Union's H2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant No. 730329, to support the wider Agriculture community consisisting of both institutional stakeholders (GeoGLAM, FAO, etc.) and the Agro industry.
Update Frequency asNeeded
Pilot Validity Period 30 November, 2018 TO 31 December, 2100
Contact e-mail atrypitsidis[at]noa[dot]gr
individualName Anastasios Trypitsidis
organisationName National Observatory of Athens