On 13 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan kicked off a training course for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery preparedness". The course will be held until 17 April at the Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) in Dehradun, India.
From 5 to 9 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in Bangladesh jointly organised the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment" in Dhaka.
Floods, landslides, and droughts are hazards that are triggered by excess or shortage of precipitation. Monitoring precipitation is important to see those hazards coming and to enable decision makers to take measures as early as possible. Precipitation data - together with anciliary data - thus help to prevent that natural hazards turn into disasters.
A Recommended Practice elaborated by UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Ukraine, was used by to create maps in a recent activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters for the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
After 30 hours of negotiations, the 187 Member States attending the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, agreed in the evening of 18 March (local time) on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, valid for the period 2015 to 2030. It contains seven targets and four priorities for action and specifically mentions the importance of space-based information.
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