Regional: Empowering Developing Member Countries to Use Multispectral Satellite Images and Artificial Intelligence for Land Use and Coastal Planning

Sovereign Project | 54321-001

The proposed TA will produce three outputs: (i) cloud-based platform operationalized;

(ii) integration of EO technology solutions into projects supported; and (iii) knowledge in adopting EO-based solutions improved.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Manunta, Paolo
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
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  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Empowering Developing Member Countries to Use Multispectral Satellite Images and Artificial Intelligence for Land Use and Coastal Planning
Project Number 54321-001
Country Regional
Cambodia
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6672-REG: Empowering Developing Member Countries to Use Multi-Spectral Satellite Images and Artifical Intelligence for Land Use and Coastal Planning
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
High Level Technology Fund US$ 300,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agriculture research and application

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The proposed TA will produce three outputs: (i) cloud-based platform operationalized;

(ii) integration of EO technology solutions into projects supported; and (iii) knowledge in adopting EO-based solutions improved.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Satellite imagery combined with AI is driving a global revolution in land management. Much of the new imagery, with improved resolution, frequency, and spectral range, is also available as free and open resource, provided by space agencies like the European Space Agency (ESA). Satellite technology with AI-based image processing can enable DMCs to _leapfrog_ traditional data gathering and analysis solutions, which are often too expensive and complex. DMCs are well positioned to take advantage of these solutions, given their lack of historical investments in land management infrastructure. In addition, some DMCs have limited technical capabilities or inadequate IT systems to perform the technical processing required for these solutions.

In response to the demand from DMCs for EO-based interventions, the proposed TA aims to create AI solutions using open data from space agencies such as ESA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), and other organizations, such as the University of Tokyo.

The TA will focus on processing EO image data to create sustainable and replicable solutions for decision makers. The Digital Technology for Development Unit (SDCC-DT) will build on experience from various technical assistance projects that integrate relevant data into planning and implementation (e.g., two cloud-based interferometric processing platforms, Geohazard Exploitation Platform and Rheticus, are currently used in Central Sulawesi and Java. )

The proposed TA will prioritize solutions to address institutional constraints linked to lack of awareness on available effective technologies, insufficient regulatory processes, or limited dissemination of best practices on how to use the information from multi-spectral satellite images. Demonstrating that the technical capacity in the countries can be developed, and that the cost-benefit ratio is more favorable than other solutions, ADB will act as a broker between ESA, as provider of free and open data, and the DMCs that are in need of innovation.

Impact Use of advanced technologies in land use planning and natural resources management increased
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Capacity of DMCs to use free and open multispectral satellite data improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Cloud-based platforms operationalized

Integration of Earth observation technology solutions into projects supported

Knowledge in adopting Earth observation-based solutions improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Cambodia - Nation-wide; Timor-Leste - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Manunta, Paolo
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCC-DT
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 19 Jun 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Feb 2021

TA 6672-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2020 - 11 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
250,000.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,050,000.00 18 Nov 2021 0.00

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