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Malaysia: Head of Space Agency promotes satellite technology for disaster management

NASA’s Aqua satellite detected fires in Malaysia and Indian Ocean 's islands

The Director-general of the Malaysian National Space Agency (Angkasa), Dr Noordin Ahmad, highlighted the importance of satellite technology in the pre- and post-disaster management phases, as well

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Mon, 08/12/2014 - 08:06

SAARC to strengthen use of space-based technology for disaster management

Leaders of SAARC countries during the 18th Summit

During the inaugural session of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, representatives of the eight member countries of SAARC discussed new ways of s

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Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:11

Fiji minister urges industry to embrace geospatial technology

Tropical Cyclone Wilma raged over the Pacific Ocean

Fiji's Minister for Lands, Mere Vuniwaqa, stressed the importance of using geospatial technology in urban and regional planning, as well as climate change and green growth,

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Thu, 20/11/2014 - 09:18

Viet Nam: UN-SPIDER Workshop on geospatial information concluded

Workshop participants engaged in a simulation exercise
Viet Nam's Vice Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Hoang Van Thang

From 10 to 15 November 2014, UN-SPIDER offered a workshop and a simulation exercise to about 100 participants from national institutions, NGOs, and international organizations in Viet Nam.

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Mon, 17/11/2014 - 14:27

Mongolia - Technical Advisory Mission

Mon, 11/08/2014 - Fri, 15/08/2014
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Main Hazards: 
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Mission details
At the request of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Government of Mongolia, UN-SPIDER supported NEMA and stakeholders organisations in strengthening disaster risk management and emergency response by effective use of space based information including data sharing, National Spatial Data Infrastructure, policy level interventions and capacity.
Host Institution: 
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Mission Team: 
The team of seven experts, under leadership of the UN-SPIDER, visited Mongolia from 11-15 August 2014. The mission team represented following organisations: UN-SPIDER/UNOOSA, National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC), University of Georgia, Airbus Defence and Space, Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO). Some of these organisations are already engaged with organisations in Mongolia in the area of disaster management and space technology.
Mission Profile: 
During this five-day mission, the mission team visited seven Ministries and Government agencies and three United Nations offices to carry out in-depth discussions. On 15 August, the Workshop “Use of Space Technology in Disaster Risk Management” was organized. About 40 officials representing various ministries/departments, institutions, and academia attended the workshop. The workshop generated awareness among a larger group of stakeholders in Mongolia, and sought their inputs on current challenges in using space-based information in disaster management.

SUPARCO: Best Practices for flood management in Pakistan

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office (RSO) in Pakistan, SUPARCO, has elaborated a booklet

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Fri, 31/10/2014 - 17:21

44th Regional Training Course on Disaster Management

Time and Duration
Registration Deadline: 
Fri, 10/10/2014
Venue City: 
Basic Information
10/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
SM Tower, 24th Floor 979/69 Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai Phayathai
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Event Organisers: 

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)

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Training Details
Training Event Type: 
Training Event
Training Target Audience: 
The course is beneficial to the following: -Government Officials responsible for disaster management policy and plans IFRC/ICRC, international NGOs, NGOs involved in the areas of disaster risk reduction, response and recovery -Staff from training institutes and other agencies responsible for knowledge dissemination on disaster risk reduction and management, as well as training of trainers Persons involved in coordination of disaster management activities (e.g. including also the defense forces and emergency services) -Staff of UN agencies The content of the course concentrates on an Asia context with some references from other regions. However, both Asian and non-Asian participants are highly welcome. All representatives from the different regions, organizations and backgrounds are encouraged to interact, discuss, and make connections to ensure the greatest benefit is gained from attending the course. The class size is limited to 30 persons. ADPC accepts nomination on a first come, first served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.
Is a certificate Issued?: 
No certificate issued or not known

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

By completing the course, participants should gain a sound grasp of disaster risk management processes and be able to apply this knowledge to:


USGS: Launch of 3D Elevation Program

Image showing the accurate flood information provided by 3DEP's maps

The US Geological Survey (USGS), along with other government agencies and the private sector, recently launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), composed on current and accurate three-dimensional m

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Thu, 28/08/2014 - 14:11

UNISDR launched survey on older people coping with disasters

Today, people aged over 60 constitute 11 per cent of the global population.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Help Age International, a Non-Governmental Organisation, launched a series of surveys to learn more about how elderly people cope with disaste

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Mon, 25/08/2014 - 12:48

Information Management for Disaster Management

Flood Extent Map for Hamburg, Germany in June 2013

A disaster manifests itself through its impacts and effects: it provokes injuries or fatalities; it affects the livelihoods of people in rural communities or in urban areas; it triggers damages and