GEO‐CRADLE set out to establish a regional Data Hub serving as a “one‐stopshop” that facilitates access to and sharing of geospatial data and information collected from satellites and ground‐based networks. In addition, the GEO‐CRADLE Portal acted as an interface between scientists and diverse data providers, providing a single point for the stakeholders to identify existing data, skills, gaps and complementarities, necessary for the development of synergies and market opportunities across the entire value chain and in relation to regional priorities. By doing so, GEO‐CRADLE aspired to catalyse further promotion and tailoring of Copernicus data and services within the region, while leveraging the integration of North African, Middle East and Balkan EO capacities in the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The GEO‐CRADLE consortium brings together highly‐esteemed research institutes, public authorities, specialised SMEs and leading international associations, combining a wide range of expertise in monitoring our planet’s environment via an ensemble of diverse EO technologies (e.g. remote sensing, in‐situ, synergies with state‐of‐the‐art models) in the areas of Climate Change, Raw Materials, Food Security, and Energy.

The GEO-CRADLE consortium brought together 19 organisations as full partners, 5 organisations as “third-party” partners, and 2 organisations from collaborating countries. This allowed coverage of the complete EO value chain, forming a highly complementary team that possessed the full range of skills and expertise necessary to carry out the proposed activities successfully. Participation of the 4 international organisations, namely EURISY, EARSC, EGS, CEDARE as full partners, enabled GEO-CRADLE to access a much wider network of countries and stakeholders.