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Mission and objectives 

  1. Enhancing open science by integration of geo-bio-eco-socio (culture) diversities for SDGs (SDG 1, 2, and 15);
  2. Accelerating case studies focused on challenges and solutions for SDGs (SDG 1, 2, 15) using data driven technology including GIS, Remote Sensing, data mining and internet of things;  
  3.  Supporting the data technology transformation and capacity building for SDGs in developing countries, small islands, and ecosystem critical regions;
  4.  Demonstrating the coordination methodology among stakeholders for SDGs, particularly among scientists, decision makers and private sectors.


  1. Accelerate to reach SDGs
    At the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, the UN SDG Summit at September 2023, New York, indicated that approximately 140 targets of SDGs were evaluated based on the latest global-level data and assessments, half of them show moderate or severe deviations from the desired trajectory, more than 30% of these targets have no progress or even worse, regression below the 2015 baseline. This means there is an urgent need for all to take action to accelerate to reach SDGs, especially green development in any possible ways. The GIES will focus and benefit Goal1, Goal2, and Goal 15.
  2. GIES technology based on the practices of open science principles
    There is challenge how to balance environment protection and economic development, especially in developing countries, mountain areas and small islands. Geographical Indications (GI) and Special Agriculture Products (SAP) are key resources for local people of geo-bio-eco-socio-culture diversities of the world. Geographical Indications Environment and Sustainability (GIES) methodology and technology based on open science principles is data driven solution and it is one of the solutions meeting the challenges in bottom-up approach for SDGs.
  3. Support FAO OCOP Program
    FAO Director-General launched a decadal flagship initiative called the Global Action Plan on Green Development of the Special Agricultural Products (SAPs): “One Country One Priority Product” (OCOP) in September 2021. The OCOP initiative aims to address the current and occurring challenges of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and to contribute to the development of smallholders and family farms, along with the implementation of the national and regional priority programmers, through the green development of SAPs – agricultural products with unique qualities and special characteristics associated with geographical locations, farming practices and cultural heritages. The GIES technology was evaluated by FAO as a good practice case of OCOP in Asian and the Pacific and an innovative technology to promote scientific research for balanced development. The first FAO-IGSNRR/CAS joint capacity building of the GIES technology free transformation and application was held successfully in August 2023 in Beijing and it is common understanding that the GIES will benefit FAO OCOP and the joint action plan during the following three years was made.


The expected GIES impacts will be in UN SDGs, FAO green agriculture, data scientists and local people of the GIES cases from at least 20 countries of the world. GIES will provide reports on GIES supporting UN SDGs through UN World Data Forum 2024 and UN World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2024 and 2025. GIES will provide technology free transformation to and capacity building for no less than 20 FAO OCOP countries during next three years. Local people from more than 30 GIES cases of the world will be benefited through the joint activities, international trade, and the open and data driven sciences. 

Planned activities and outputs for 2023-2025

  1. 2023 and before
    2023-1: 17 datasets on GIES cases and data papers were published according to the UNESCO’s open science principles at the Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository and Journal of Global Change Data and Discovery;
    2023-2: GIES cases data publications were exhibited at the 4TH UN World Data Forum, April 2023, Hangzhou, China;
    2023-3: FAO-IGSNRR/CAS joint International Capacity Building Workshop on Technology Transfer on GIES for OCOP Implementation in Asia-Pacific Region was held in August, China and the report was published at FAO website at:—sustainability-(gies)/en
  2. 2024
    2024-1: FAO-CODATA-IGSNRR joint symposium and show cases on GIES in August, Nanning-Huzhou-Beijing;
    2024-2: Participate UN Forums of WSIS, WDF and IGF;
    2024-3:  No less than 15 GIES cases will be published, including datasets and data papers;
    2024-4:  GIES platform will be online
    2024-5: Training Book on GIES Technology Transformation and Application
  3. 2025
    2025-1: FAO-CODATA joint symposium and show cases on GIES in European;
    2025-2: Participate UN Forums of WSIS, IGF and CODATA conference;
    2025-3:  No less than 15 GIES cases will be published, including datasets and data papers;
    2025-4:  Book on GIES Case Cluster
    2025-5:  GIES report to CODATA GA

Past Achievements

GIES is a new task group, however, it had been worked since 2021. Following is the list of the GIES cases, the datasets and publications of each of these cases had been published at Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository and Journal of Global Change Data and Discovery:

  1. Yanchi Tan Sheep Huamachi Town Arid Grassland GIES Case; 
  2. Baoshan Coffee Xinzhai Village Dry-Hot Valley GIES Case
  3. Panshi Rice Lanjia Village Case on Permanent Basic Farmland GIES Case;
  4. Fengxian Burdock (Arctium lappa) Ancient Yellow River Flooding Area GIES Case
  5. Black Rice and Crested Ibis ( Nipponia nippon) Habitat in Caoba Village GIES Case;
  6. Panshi Chinese Cherry Apple Baoshan Low Mountains and Hills GIES Case 
  7. Panshi Qiantang (Thousands Reservoirs) Fishing Life GIES Case
  8. Congjiang Litchi Jiangpu Street Subtropical Low Hills GIES Case
  9. Wheat-Maize Double Cropping Field in Yellow River Irrigation Fangsi Town GIES Case 
  10. Zezhou Millet (Danchuan Millet) Gaodu Red Clay GIES Case
  11. The Panshi Large Corylus Futai Low Mountain and Hills Case
  12. Panshi Qiantang (Thousands Reservoirs) Rice Case on Permanent Basic Farmland GIES Case
  13. Suining Sweet Potato Subtropical Hills in Qingfeng Village GIES Case
  14. Korla Fragrant Pear Kongque River Oasis GIES Case
  15. Fengxian Pear Ancient Yellow River Floodplain GIES Case
  16. Fengxian Apple in the Ancient Yellow River (Dashahe) GIES Case
  17. Lipu Taro-Rice Rotation Permanent Farmland GIES Case



  • Chuang Liu, Prof. Dr. (China)
    Professor of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR/CAS)
    Director of Global Change Research Data Publishing & Repository (GCdataPR)
    World Data System (WDS)
    Secretary General of Big Data Working Committee of Geographical Society of China (GSC)
    Vice Chair of FAO “One Country One Priority Product” (OCOP) Regional Organizing Group in Asian and the Pacific
  • Kadambot H.M. Siddique, Prof. Dr.(Australia)
    Hackett Professor of Agriculture
    Chair and Director of Institute of Agriculture, the University of Western Australia
    Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
    Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS)
  • Philippe De Maeyer Prof. Dr.(Belgium)
    Permanent Secretary of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS)
    Vice President of International Catographic Association (ICA)
    Senior Full Professor Cartography and GIS
    Ghent University
    Department of Geography

The TG Secretary:  

  • Limim Li , Mrs. (China)
    Secretary of Global Change Research Data Publishing & Repository
    Regular Member of World Data System
    Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research
    Chinese Academy of Sciences