On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Sudan at the request of the UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. The mechanism will provide space-based maps of the affected area.
Flood, caused by several weeks of heavy rain, has caused 20 casualties and made 6,000 individuals homeless, as 3,000 houses were destroyed and more than 2,000 affected.
In 2003, 2007 and 2013, Sudan was particularly harshly affected by flash floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people. In order to better prepare and warn farmers of flood events, they need access to real-time information and they need to be able to exchange and apply the information.
UN-SPIDER, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research and Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Representatives of government agencies, NGOs, academia, United Nations organizations and private companies in Sudan including the Remote Sensing Authority, the Meteorological Service, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Sudan and the national UNDP and WFP Offices in Sudan.
The training course aimed to raise the awareness of decision-makers and local staff regarding the benefits of space-based information and to increase the capacity of staff in these institutions on the use of space-based technology for disaster management. The training course was kicked off with a one-day awareness-raising workshop on 5 Mayand was followed by a four-day training course. Over 120 participants from the government, NGOs, academia, United Nations organizations and private companies in Sudan participated in the first day’s workshop. About 20 participants from the Remote Sensing Authority, the Meteorological Service, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Sudan and the national UNDP and WFP Offices attended the subsequent training course.
Its mission is to provide weather and climate information and services of quality to help decision-makers to plan and take action to ensure food security, poverty reduction and a sustainable development. The Meteorological Authority furthermore works on the development early warning systems for
The Remote Sensing Authority (RSA) in Sudan was established in 1977, as a National Remote sensing Center (NRSC) within the National Council for Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In 1996 the Remote Sensing Center was renamed to Remote Sensing Authority and affiliated to the National Center for Research, Ministry of Science and Technology.
Sudan government has embarked on a process at the national level to develop a policy and strategic plan to give clarity and direction, and ascribes accountability for water, sanitation and hygiene development. The main mission of this Ministry is to establish laws, rules and regulations concerning water resources in general, and water supply and sanitation in particular.
The Ministry of Science and Technology is responsible of contributing effectively to the construction of civilization by harnessing scientific research, science and technology for the development of natural resources and the achievement of economic and social development. The Ministry contributes to the achievement of excellence in the field elaboration of power, and keeping security in its comprehensive concept.