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An Austrian firm is set to gather Europe’s environmental data

5. October 2016

GeoVille has succeeded in landing the European Environment Agency’s Europe-wide tender for developing a satellite-based environmental information system.

GeoVille , a Tyrolean company specialising in satellite earth observation, is to create a complete environmental inventory of Europe for the European Union. Standardised environmental information profiles are to be created for 39 European countries based on data from the Sentinel satellites used by the Copernicus global space program.

GeoVille’s succesful bid brings a EUR 3.5 million chunk of the EUR 8 million contract advertised by the European Environmental Agency to Austria.

The aim of the project is to make the first highly accurate, comparable representations of the state of the environment, forests, watercourses, agricultural land and grassland in every country in Europe. The data gathered is intended to help with future environmental decison-making across the continent.

GeoVille employs some 45 staff and recently recorded an annual turnover of around some EUR 4 million. Its most important clients include the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), the World Bank and other development banks. GeoVille currently has other projects running on the African island of São Tomé, in Indonesia, in Liberia and for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Russia, Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan.