Rural infrastructure investments

Sustainable rural development planning requires knowledge on the rural infrastructure assets and physical supply chain structures, such as the road network and other transport infrastructure, storage facilities, markets and irrigation schemes. Further analyses provide information on travel times to markets and other resources or support emergency planning in case of natural hazards, such as floods.

Earth Observation based information combined with other sources of data provides information to planners and helps them devise policies and programmes to meet specific rural development and market access objectives. It can further support the impact assessment of rural infrastructure investments.

Rural Infrastructure & supply chain mapping

Rural infrastructure mapping helps to devise policies and programs to meet specific rural development and market access objectives. It can support the assessment of needs in rural infrastructure investments, and identification of lagging / underdeveloped areas - future breadbaskets - if investment in infrastructure is stimulated.

Satellite Earth   Observation   (EO)   is a powerful technique to map rural infrastructure assets and physical supply chain infrastructures such as the road network and other transport infrastructure, storage facilities, markets and irrigation schemes. Analyses enhanced with local data can provide information on travel times to market centers or support emergency planning in case of natural hazards, such as floods.  

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Land suitability mapping

Development of rural areas often requires identification of potentially suitable investment sites and information on their environmental characteristics. Satellite Earth Observation (EO) is a powerful tool to answer various land management questions to estimate future land use demand and manage potential land use conflicts. For example, estimating where suitable land for agricultural activities, livestock grazing, forest resources and new infrastructure is available provides the baseline for an efficient and sustainable resource use and can mitigate adverse impacts of rural development on the environment.

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