Lars Henrik Backer passed away Wednesday 13th of May. Lars is known as the initiator and co-founder of the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) and acted for years as its executive director.

Lars was a passionate geostatistician with excellent skills in human relationships. A creative and hard working person whit liked holistic approaches in a pragmatic way. He was an openhearted and visionary man, which main target was to define an overriding project (meta narrative) for the development of Spaceship Earth. For this he suggested an agreement on a Global Integrated Information System of Systems (GIISS) for sustainable development of the Earth.