Participants at the UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission in Ghana, October 2018.

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) is conducting an institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana from 15 to 19 October. The mission is carried out in cooperation with the Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (... read more

Publishing Date: 15/10/2018
The satellite will work around the West-african region.

Ghana has announced its intention to launch its first Earth observation satellite, the Ghana Satellite One (GHANASAT 1).

The project will be led by the Ghana Space Science and Technology (GSSTI), under the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), and with technical support from MENASAT Gulf Group PLC.

According to the Director-General of GAEC, Benjamin Jabez Nyarko, the satellite will provide Ghana with information to address issues of security, risk management, maritime, forest depletion, water problems as well as other challenges. On the other hand, the Director of GSSTI, Professor Dickson Adomako, mentioned how the... read more

Publishing Date: 06/01/2015

From 25 to 29 November 2013, UN-SPIDER carried out a five-day Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in the country. The Mission was conducted upon the invitation of the Government of Ghana... read more

Publishing Date: 06/12/2013
Ghana’s Songor Lagoon seen from space (2000)

At the invitation of the Government of Ghana (National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO) the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Ghana from 25 to 29 November 2013.

UN-SPIDER is currently compiling a list of experts from the space as well as the disaster/disaster-risk management community in order to have the mission team defined by the end of September. UN-SPIDER is looking for professionals from relevant institutions, organizations, companies or universities from the field of space technology and disaster/disaster-risk management who are already collaborating or are willing to collaborate in the future with the authorities or... read more

Publishing Date: 28/08/2013

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

International Training Course on Spatial data management for disaster management and risk reduction

During the four-day training, Members of government agencies and universities of Ghana were trained on how to use two UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on floods and droughts as a way to generate relevant and timely geospatial information that is useful for disaster risk...

Date of training: 16/10/2018 to 19/10/2018

Advisory Support

As a follow-up activitity to its 2013 Technical Advisory Mission to the Western African country, UN-SPIDER conducted a week-long Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana. The mission followed an invitation of the Government of Ghana and was hosted by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).

Mission dates: 15/10/2018 to 19/10/2018

Ghana is exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. In order to assess the potential to use Space-based information effectively to respond to or to prevent these events, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to this Western African country. The mission was conducted upon invitation of the government of Ghana and follows up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Mission carried out in October 2008.

Mission dates: 25/11/2013 to 29/11/2013

Ghana, is mainly exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. The drought in 1983 impacted more than 12 million inhabitants, while the flood in July 1991 impacted two million inhabitants. Taking advantage of the AARSE conference which was organized by UNOOSA in Accra, Ghana, UN-SPIDER conducted a technical meeting with the National Disaster Management Office to promote the use of space-based information in disaster-risk management and emergency response activities.

Mission dates: 26/10/2008 to 29/10/2008


The University of Ghana offers two semester-long Post-graduate modules in Disaster Risk Reduction. These comprise:

Concepts and Methods in Advanced Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (IDRR)

This course introduces students to advanced theories and concepts in Integrated IDRR with an emphasis on disaster incidence and management in low- income communities in urban areas in Ghana. The module provides high-level knowledge on the theory and methods for environmental health and disaster risk reduction. The course will provide students with the information and skills needed to design and implement research in the field of IDRR and provide policy inputs for addressing gaps in DRR and disaster management (DRM) in Ghana.

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Geospatial Media and Communications is taking another initiative in the region by organising the Ghana Geospatial Forum 2015, the second National Conference and Exhibition, on 3-4 March 2015 in Accra. Apart from reflecting upon the outcomes and achievements of last year’s conference, the 2015 Ghana Geospatial Forum will also delve into several new topics and will feature a celebrated line-up of speakers from around the region.



- Land Administration in Ghana

- Geospatial Technology in Agriculture

Environment & Natural Resource Management

- Renewable Energy

- Location Based Services

- Mobile GIS

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The Regional Centre for training in Aerospace Surveys was created in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for Training, Research, Consultancy and Advisory Services in Geo informatics. Participating countries at the moment are: Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

The areas of expertise of RECTAS are education and training programs, master program, research activities, support, consultancy and advisory services in Geo Informatics.


In 1961, the Ghana Government decided to undertake The Ghana Nuclear Reactor Project (GNRP). The project was intended to introduce nuclear science and technology into the country and to exploit the peaceful applications of nuclear energy for national development. The central facility of the project was to be a research reactor designed solely for research, training and production of radioisotopes. From a long-term point of view, it was hoped that the research reactor would facilitate the development of manpower and promote plans for the introduction of nuclear power for electricity generation in the country. The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) was established in 1963 to realise the objectives of the GNRP.

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The Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service (GNFRS) is an agency under the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior, constituting Ghana's nationwide fire service. It was established as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) by the GNFS Act of 1997 (Act 537) with a broad objective of prevention and management of undesired fires and other related matters.

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Geological Survey Department (GSD) was founded in 1913 and has since been the main repository of the country’s geosciences database. GSD is responsible for the study of the country in detail to assess its resource potential.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in Ghana. It aims to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world. The Agency has more than 30 years of history behind it.

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The mission of the Ghana Statistical Service is to be the country's leader in the production of official statistics, providing stakeholders with high quality statistical data. The Law (PNDC Law 135) established the Statistical Service Board as the governing body that reports to the presidency. The GSS Board consists of a Chairman and five other members all of whom were appointed by the president. The Government Statistician is an ex-officio member of the GSS Board. Apart from the Head Office there are 10 Regional Offices and over 100 District Offices. GSS by its mandate has been conducting various censuses, surveys and compiling socio-economic data critical for the management and growth of the country and development of the private sector.

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The Department of Geography and Resource Development is part of the University of Ghana.

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The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana's Mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and thriving agribusiness through research and technology development, effective extension and other support services to farmers, processors and traders for improved livelihood.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP in Ghana is committed to help Ghana achieve the global Millennium Development Goals as well as the national objectives articulated in consecutive Five-Year Plans. We aim to improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged in Ghana.

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The Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services began as a Remote Sensing Laboratory set up in 1990 by the University of Ghana, and located in the Department of Geography and Resource Development; with the aim of teaching and conducting research. Under the Ghana Environmental Resource Management Project (GERMP), the Laboratory was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, to produce Current Land use information under the Environmental Information System Development component. The status of the laboratory was then upgraded to the Remote Sensing Applications Unit. The mandates were to produce a national digital map of current land use, with accompanying bulletins for each... read more

The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) was established in 1945 and charged with the responsibility of planning and management of growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the country. It therefore seeks to promote sustainable human settlements development based on principles of efficiency, orderliness, safety and healthy growth of communities.

It is a unique service delivery Department under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology.The TCPD, until the administrative reforms of the 1980s, operated purely as a Civil Service Department with the Head Office in Accra and branch offices at the Regions and the Districts. Prior to 1993, responsibility for planning lay with the Minister responsible for Town and Country Planning (The Town and Country Planning Act of 1958 (Act 30).

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The Forestry Commission of Ghana is responsible for the regulation of utilization of forest and wildlife resources, the conservation and management of those resources and the coordination of policies related to them. The Commission embodies the various public bodies and agencies that were individually implementing the functions of protection, management, the regulation of forest and wildlife resources.

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At least 11 people were killed after heavy rains caused flooding around Ghana's capital, destroying homes and washing out roads, emergency officials in the West African country said on 21 June 2010.

Source: glidenumber

Several hours of rain during the night of Friday 19 June, 2009 and subsequent heavy down pours along the coastal and forest belt of Ghana from 6 to 8 July, 2009 caused massive destruction of private and public properties in most communities in the western parts of Accra, Eastern, Volta, Central, Western and Ashanti Regions.

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