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 strengthening regional cooperation.
Among other things, the leaders highlighted the benefits an enhanced regional collaboration in the use and development of space-based technology could have for sustainable development of the region.
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. The event was jointly organised with the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA). The Pacific
From 10 to 15 November 2014, UN-SPIDER offered a training workshop to about 100 participants from national institutions, NGOs, and international organizations in Viet Nam. The event was jointly organised with the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA). The Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC), UNDP Viet Nam, OCHA, DigitalGlobe and ESRI also offered considerable support to the workshop.
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.
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.
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.
Mongolia has invested heavily in Earthquake Early Warning Systems and needs to strengthen its’ efforts towards disaster risk reduction as well as to be equipped with adequate capacity, skills and infrastructures;
DRR decision making calls for balanced effort to address issues with respect to stages of disaster management and related activities should be further linked to climate change issues involving space based information ;
Long term analysis should be conducted on a regular basis;
More detailed hazard assessments maps are needed for operational purposes;
Mechanisms should be established for allowing for rapid data sharing with minimal administrative action;
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office (RSO) in Pakistan, SUPARCO, has elaborated the first booklet in a new series of publications on experiences and best practices for the application of space-based information in disaster risk reduction and emergency response by UN-SPIDER's RSOs.
New publication: Lessons Learnt from floods in Pakistan
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.
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10/11/2014 to 18/11/2014
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