UN-SPIDER co-organizes Capacity Building event in Sri Lanka

Participants of the 2011 Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka

As a follow-up to a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka in October 2011, UN-SPIDER and the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka are organizing a Capacity Building event from 14-17 August 2012. Supported by the Uwa-Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China, the event will focus on space technology and its applications to Hazard mapping. 30 middle level managers and technical staff of various agencies involved in Disaster Management and hazard mapping in Sri Lanka will participate.

The broad objective of the training is to implement recommendations made by the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission in order to strengthen the capacity of the national agencies to use Geo-Spatial Technologies for Hazard Mapping, Hazard Monitoring and Risk Assessments. The training programme will cover Flood Hazard Mapping, Coastal Hazard Mapping, DEM and LiDAR Analysis and NSDI Initiatives.

15 Experts from the following organisations and centres of excellence will contribute to the training:

International:  UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, National Disaster Reduction Centre of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences/Institute of Remote Sensing, Asian Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore/Tropical Marine Science Institute, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Digital Globe, Jena Instrument, UN ESCAP

National: Disaster Management Centre, Ministry of Lands and Land Development, Uva Wellassa University, Info-Communication Technology Organization, Ministry of Land and Land Development