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       Guatemala establishes the National Copernicus Academy Committee to promote Earth observation

Guatemala establishes the National Copernicus Academy Committee to promote Earth observation

The Delegation of the European Union in Guatemala, the National Research and Education Network of Guatemala, the National Secretariat of Science and Technology (Senacyt), the University of the Valley of Guatemala, and the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA) spearheaded the establishment of the National Copernicus Academy Committee of Guatemala today. This event took place within the framework of the BELLA II project, in close collaboration with the EU Space Support Office and EUreCA.

Representatives from various institutions, such as Senacyt, the University of the Valley of Guatemala, the EU Delegation, RedCLARA, the EU Space Support Office, universities, the government, and Earth observation experts, comprise the Committee. This composition ensures broad representation of key sectors for the development and implementation of the Academy in Guatemala, enhancing the use of Earth observation data from the Copernicus program to address the country's development challenges.

The Committee's tasks include developing a strategic plan for the Academy, promoting and adopting Copernicus data in various sectors, and designing training and capacity-building programs. Additionally, the Committee will be responsible for coordinating efforts between national and international institutions to ensure the successful deployment of the Copernicus Academy in Guatemala.

The committee was established at the Guatemalan National Palace. The event was presided over by the Vice President of the Republic, Karin Herrera; the National Secretary of Science and Technology of Senacyt, Gabriela Montenegro; the Director of International Cooperation, International Relations, Academic Relations, and Communications of RedCLARA, Mark Urban; the Director of the National Network, Luis Furlán; and the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation in Guatemala, María González Mata.

Access to Earth observation data is essential for addressing development challenges, planning and implementing innovative projects, making informed decisions, improving the countries' abilities to obtain crucial information on relevant issues such as environmental management, climate change mitigation, drought response, and resolving other critical problems.

The establishment of the National Committee represents the third step in the strategy for deploying the Copernicus Academy in Guatemala, aimed at enhancing capacity development and knowledge management in Earth observation thematic areas, adopting Copernicus data in new sectors, and bridging the gap between skills and data use in the country.

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Program, monitoring our planet and its environment for the benefit of all citizens. It offers information services based on satellite Earth observation data and in-situ data.

About RedCLARA

RedCLARA is a space in Latin America and the Caribbean for collaboration and development in education, science, and innovation. RedCLARA is the only enabling infrastructure for Latin America and the Caribbean's digital ecosystem development; it articulates relationships and initiatives and links institutions, projects, and people, driving the region's development. Since 2003, RedCLARA has provided regional interconnection and connection to the world through its links to GÉANT (the pan-European advanced network) and Internet2 (the United States) and, through them, to the advanced networks of Africa, Asia, and Oceania, interconnecting the largest academic and scientific community in Latin America and, soon, the Caribbean, through the national networks that comprise it.

About Bella II

The project aims to establish a connection between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. The project began in March 2023, as part of the BELLA Programme. BELLA II is co-financed by DG-INTPA of the European Union, with a contribution of 13 million euros (€13,000,000) for the 48 months in which the project will be executed (expected to be completed by February 2027); RedCLARA, the executing and coordinating institution, will seek to complement this amount - through alliances with governments, private companies, banks, and others - with at least €15MM to carry out the project's plans and objectives: to strengthen and expand the digital ecosystem of Latin America and the Caribbean, enabling relationships and exchanges between companies, research centers, educational institutions, and national research and education networks, aligning with the strategic objectives in education, science, technology, and innovation of LAC and Europe.

BELLA II will seek to form national co-investment consortia that complement the EU's funding to achieve connectivity and development goals for the digital ecosystem countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. BELLA II is one of the four pillars of the Europe-Latin America and the Caribbean Digital Alliance, and it is part of the EU's Investment Agenda, known as the Global Gateway.

About Copernicus Academy LAC

It is a network that enhances capacity development and knowledge management in Earth observation thematic areas and enables collaboration between different actors in the digital ecosystem (universities, research centers, private organizations, and governments) of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe to develop capabilities and research that allows training researchers, scientists, professionals, and entrepreneurs with the skills to harness the full potential of Copernicus data and information services.


BELLA II receives funding from the European Union through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), under agreement number 438-964 with DG-INTPA, signed in December 2022. The implementation period of BELLA II is 48 months.


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