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Cookies Notice


The European Space Agency (herein the “Agency” or “ESA”) is an intergovernmental organisation established by its Convention opened for signature in Paris on 30 May 1975 having its headquarters located at 24 rue du Général Bertrand, CS 30798, 75345 Paris Cedex 07, France. Protection of Personal Data is of great importance for ESA, therefore this Cookie Notice aims to ensure lawfulness and transparency by providing information about cookies and similar technologies used on the ESA WorldCover 2020 website

What is a cookie?

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Different types of cookies

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Which cookies do we use?

Strictly Necessary cookies: these cookies are strictly necessary for the website to provide the services that you requested and/or for the solely purpose of the transmission of the services and/or the website. Without these cookies you would not be able to access the services or the website and therefore this category cannot be disabled.

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How could you withdraw your consent and delete the cookies?

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Changes to our Cookies Notice
All future changes made to our Cookie Notice will be posted on this website.

In case of any question, you can contact ESA DPO, as first point of contact, by sending an email to or the EOP KPI support team at