Organization

Management Arrangement

AmeriGEOSS has developed a proposed management arrangement based on a review of the approaches being used by UNGGIM-Americas, GEO BON, and AfriGEOSS. This proposed arrangement will be piloted in 2016, and adjusted as needed to achieve the best regional coordination with the least resources. The management arrangements that create organized thematic and coordination-working groups provide the sustained coordination framework to ensure the success of this initiative over the next decade.

Structure

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In addition to GEO Member countries, there are many participating organizations from the Americas countries. There are non-Americas countries contributing to the development in the Americas that can serve as partners also. 

Also, in many Americas countries, there are embassy representatives that are active in bilateral and regional relationships and activities. AmeriGEOSS members will continue to engage the embassies as a way to increase communications and identify representatives in countries already a member, as well as a way to reach out to additional countries to join GEO. They also may be able to provide additional services, e.g. translation services. The proposed arrangement includes several working groups, each with a Chair and Vice Chair and at least one participant from each country, and preferably two, to ensure that one member can always be present at working group teleconferences and meetings. Regional participating organizations are welcome to participate as well. The following AmeriGEOSS working groups are proposed: 

  1. Regional coordination working group responsible for the overall regional coordination between Americas Caucus nations, coordination with resource contributors, political coordination including engagement with other potential member nations, and coordination and reporting to Americas Caucus principles. This single coordination group will bring together the individual thematic working group contributions to form a comprehensive “view” and work to ensure/facilitate any necessary cross-communication and coordination among the individual working groups. The regional coordinating group will report to the Americas Caucus in two ways. First, each national member(s) will report through their nation's GEO leadership and reporting structure to keep them apprised of AmeriGEOSS activities. Second, the regional coordinating group's chair, vice-chair, and/or their designated representatives will provide an overall summary of AmeriGEOSS activities to the Americas Caucus. At a minimum, this report will be provided to the Americas Caucus prior to Caucus meetings held in conjunction with GEO Plenaries and Ministerial meetings. Other reports can be made as needed, e.g. in advance of Executive Committee meetings. 
  2. Agriculture and food security working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, GEOGLAM from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to the overall GEOGLAM system and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ agricultural initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets. 
  3. Disasters working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, other GEO disasters activities, e.g. hazards supersites and flood monitoring systems, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO disasters activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ disasters initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets. 
  4. Water working group – the functions of this group include coordination with, and participation in, other GEO water activities, e.g. global water cycle activities, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO water activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ water initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.
  5. Ecosystems and biodiversity working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, other GEO ecosystems and biodiversity activities, e.g. GEO BON, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO ecosystems activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ ecosystems and biodiversity initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets. 
  6. Foundational activities working group responsible for the coordination with and participation in other GEO foundational activities, e.g. infrastructure and capacity building activities, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO foundational activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ foundational initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets. With this initiative, the Americas Caucus assumes greater responsibility for short and long term planning for the development of activities through regional cooperation that reflects the local, national, and regional interest. This responsibility will be entrenched in the technical capabilities of its country members and in the resources of other global initiatives that may be available for the benefit of the region.

Working Group Activities

  • Engage stakeholders to identify and address national and regional challenges.
  • Foster regional cooperation to build institutional and national capacity.
  • Coordinate across Working Groups and promote regionalization of global and foundational activities of GEO.
  • Map activities of PO in the region to identify synergies and gaps.
  • Define and monitor indicators of success.