Sentinel -1 first images received

The Sentinel-1 satellite of the European Space Agency delivered its first images. As UN-SPIDER reported, the satellite was launched successfully on 3 April. The mission is the first of ESA’s Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Though not yet fully operational, first images are offering a glimpse into the satellites capabilities. After conclusion of the calibration phase, Sentinel-1 will start its operational phase in the next couple of months.

The Director of ESA’s... read more

Publishing Date: 17/04/2014

A new satellite data centre in Namibia will help farmers prepare for droughts, floods, bushfires and pests. The Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Research and Training Centre (EOSA-RTC), was launched this month (6 July) in collaboration with the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development programme (AMESD). It is located at the Polytechnic of Namibia and comprises a satellite data receiving station and data centre, which will provide data useful for agriculture. The data, which will be... read more

Publishing Date: 28/07/2011

This week, the Department of Land Management at the Polytechnic of Namibia launched its Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Research and Training Centre (EOSA-RTC). The satellite earth observation department could help boost food security in the country.

The centre's main objective will be to enhance the base of information from which farmers, government and researchers can draw upon. The data beamed to the centre will provide various resources for the agricultural industry, including providing information on ground vegetation, soil moisture, rainfall estimates and information on the timing, extent... read more

Publishing Date: 12/07/2011

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters accepted the activation request by UNOOSA on behalf of UNDP on 1 April 2011. The Project Manager for this event is the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC).

UN-SPIDER is updating a dedicated website with information about available space-based resources. CLICK HERE to go to the SpaceAid Updates page.


International Charter - Description of the Event:

Namibia declares a state of emergency after severe flooding in the north... read more

Publishing Date: 04/04/2011

UN-SPIDER hosted a Technical Expert Meeting in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “Namibian SensorWeb Pilot project on integrated flood management and water- and vector-borne disease modelling’. This meeting brought together about thirty persons, among them a delegation from the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) in Namibia, representatives from the German Space Agency (DLR), NASA, NOAA, Ukraine Space Research Institute (SRI), City University of New York, Johns Hopkins University – Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as colleagues from other UN organisations located in Bonn such as... read more

Publishing Date: 15/09/2009

Advisory Support

As a follow-up to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in 2009 and in the context of the Namibian SensorWeb Pilot Project, this mission was carried out by UN-SPIDER in coordination with the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The goal of the mission was to promote access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for disaster management and emergency response within relevant communities. The mission included a visit to the Northern regions Caprivi and Oshana that were affected by the flood in 2009 and a technical meeting with stakeholders.

Mission dates: 19/01/2010 to 02/02/2010

Namibia is characterized by recurrent droughts. However, in January 2009 some of the worst floods ever recorded affected northern Namibia, to the extent that the Namibian government declared a state of emergency. UN-SPIDER facilitated the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" as well as the access to data. Following this event, the Government of Namibia requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission and to propose recommendations how to improve Namibia’s access to and use of space-based technology and information.

Mission dates: 27/01/2009 to 02/02/2009


  AGSE – Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment- was initiated in 2009 by Prof. Franz-Josef Behr. Taking place on a yearly basis, the conference is being held in different places all over the world. The overall scope of this conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the science and application of Geoinformatics with focus on developing countries.   AGSE 2018 THEME is Mother Earth: Geoscience for Crisis Management ,Disaster Management, Human Food Security, Land Management, Contribution of Geospatial Science and Technologies.   Registration is open here and you and click... read more

The 9th AGSE conference/summer school, with a focus on "Crisis and Disaster Management", will take place in Windhoek, Namibia from 12 to 16 November 2018.

The main topics will be the contribution of geoinformatics, remote sensing, and planning for preparation, response,... read more


Namibia has received heavy rains over the past three weeks, resulting in floods in the north-eastern and north-western parts of the country. The heavy rains in neighbouring Angola exacerbated the situation, leading to devastating floods in Namibia. The four north-western regions affected by the floods are the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions.

Source : Glide number

The Caprivi region, particularly those constituencies traversed by the Zambezi and Chobe rivers which are Kabbe and Katima Rural have experienced high water flows arising from Zambia causing severe flooding.

Source: GlideNumber

Namibia's President Pohamba declares floods emergency

Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba has declared a state of emergency following serious flooding in the north of the southern African country.

More than 20 people are reported to have drowned and some 10,000 displaced, many from the town of Oshakati.

The BBC's Frauke Jensen in the capital Windhoek says livestock have been lost, crops destroyed and roads washed away.

There has been heavy rainfall since January, causing water levels to rise in the Zambezi and Okavango rivers.

Two years ago, more than 90 people were killed by floods in Namibia.

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Flooding from local rains started to occur on the 12/02/2009. After heavy rains, In Namibia 42 people were killed and thousands were displaced since early February. Officials said on 24th February more flooding can be expected.

Source : Charter activation


The German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries. As a federal enterprise, they support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction, peace-building and civil conflict transformation, food security, health and basic education, environmental protection, resource... read more

UNDP in Namibia supports the Government of Namibia in identifying key challenges in meeting its Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals. Improving capacities at the national, regional and local level for achieving the MDGs and Vision 2030 is the heart and core of the programme. The programme has three components: Responding to HIV/AIDS, reducing human poverty and energy and environment for sustainable development.

More information: UNDP Namibia

NRSC’s largest core area in humanitarian aid is health and care. NRCS implements health programmes such as HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, hygiene promotion and first aid, tuberculosis and malaria.


The Directorate exists to develop a functional national disaster risk reduction system that minimizes community to hazards and effectively manages the impact of disasters within the context of sustainable development for Namibia by 2015. Its main objective is to apply innovative approaches and technologies to enhance community resilience to disaster risks through effective coordination and facilitation of all disaster risk reduction initiatives in Namibia.

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The mission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is to realize the potential of the agricultural, water and forestry sectors towards the promotion of an efficient and sustainable socio-economic development for a prosperous Namibia.



In recent years flood management has shifted from protection against floods to managing the risks of floods (European Flood risk directive). Corresponding flood hazard and flood risk maps should be provided to enable flood risk assessment, and flood probability density is to be estimated in order to produce flood hazard maps. Usually, this is done through hydraulic modeling of peak flow. But running such models faces many... read more

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