DBAR towards Digital Sustainable FutureAlla Borisova2022-10-10T08:28:42+00:00
The 6th Digital Belt and Road Conference (DBAR 2022) was held on the 7th to 9th of September 2022 in parallel with the 2022 International Forum on Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (FBAS 2022) from the 6th to 8th September 2022. The joint conferences were hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and organized by the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS). The theme of DBAR 2022 is a “Digital Sustainable Future” to promote new research and applications of Big Earth Data in interdisciplinary fields, as well as promote digital technologies and solutions for sustainable development in the Belt and Road region. Nearly 200 experts from China and abroad participated online. More than 70 presentations were delivered in 12 sessions, focusing on 9 topics: Agricultural Monitoring and Food Security, Management of Coast and Sea, Environmental Change Assessment, Heritage Conservation, Urban Sustainability, Climate Action in High Mountain Asia and Arctic Regions, Water and Land Management, Data Sharing and Disaster Risk Reduction. Specifically, the session of DBAR – PEEX Side Event on SDG13: Climate Action and Sustainable Development in High Mountain Asia and Arctic Region (1), which was chaired by LI Xin from Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and Hanna K. Lappalainen from University of Helsinki, Finland, provided a great platform to communicate for scientific observation and assessment in Arctic region.
DBAR 2022 highlights the rapidly growing importance of digital technologies, the UN’s efforts towards improving Global Digital Cooperation, and the need to emphasize the potential of big data and digital technologies for global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the side lines of the conference, DBAR also organized its annual Science Team Meeting and the Science Committee Meeting to deliberate on improving research on the SDG system of indicators and their evaluation methods in the Belt and Road region. Prof. GUO Huadong, Chair of DBAR stressed the need to improve DBAR outreach and productivity with the hope that DBAR will benefit from the evaluation report completed this year.