The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has been hosting the UN-SPIDER Algeria Regional Support Office since 2009. ASAL, which was established in 2002, implements national policies concerning the promotion and development of the use of space for technological, scientific and practical applications.
UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Algeria, the Algerian Space Agency, has recently published the results of bi-phase satellite observations on the towns of El Tarf and El Kala and their surroundings. The goal was to monitor urban sprawl and land use changes that might impact on the environment.
Within the framework of its collaboration with the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) - host to one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices - has mapped potential locust reproduction zones in the South of Algeria and the North-East of Mauritania. The experts analyzed the ecological conditions of the migratory locust for the period between 18 January and 3 February 2014.
On 6 May 2013, Mazlan Othman, director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, together with Mustapha Lahbiri, General Direction of Civilian Protection (DGPC), and Oussedik Azzedine, Director General of the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) official inaugurated the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by ASAL.
On 6 May 2013, Mazlan Othman, director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, visited Algeria to inaugurate the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by ASAL.
The maps requested via the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters regarding the wildfires that ravaged north Algerian forests during summer 2012, are now available on the Charter's website.
An estimated 20,000 hectares of land have been ravaged by forest fires in the north of Algeria since June. These are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees .
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 13 August 2012 to provide satellite imagery for the forest fires that have been ravaging the north of Algeria since June. They are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees . Three people have been reported killed in the fires, two of which were a firefighter and forest worker attempting to put out a blaze.
Africa is especially vulnerable to land degradation, droughts and desertification. The Algeria Space Agency, which hosts one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices, has supported a recent workshop on "Desertification and land degradation in Africa" in Alger organised jointly by the Algerian Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
In February 2012, a Desert Locust outbreak suddenly developed in southwest Libya along the border of Algeria and rapidly spread into adjacent areas of southeast Algeria. Gregarizing adults laid eggs throughout March in both countries. Monitoring and control operations are hampered by the remoteness of the area as well as heightened insecurity due to 2011 events in Libya.
The Alsat-2A satellite built by Astrium for the Algerial Space Agency (ASAL) has now been in orbit for one year. Since its launch on 12 July 2010 it has been providing 2.5m resolution imagery of extremely high quality.