As part of its activities as a Regional Support Office, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is conducting monthly teleconferences with the national partners of the SEWS-D project (Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Droughts). The telecons contribute to plan upcoming activities and to inform all regional and international partners regarding advances in each of the four countries where the project is conducted
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Space Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran will organize a workshop focusing on the use of space technology for dust storm and drought monitoring in the Middle East region.
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Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region
The mission was conducted as part of the activities of the project entitled "Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Drought" (SEWS-D). The mission was used to discuss advances regarding the project, and to conduct the first meeting of the technical, inter-institutional team that UN-SPIDER suggested during its Technical Advisory Mission that was conducted in April 2014. The proposed team is being established by the General Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador.
The opprtunity was used to update members of the Civil Protection Directorate and of the Environmental Observatory of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources regarding updates in the Recommended Practices on the drought indices that have been developed by UN-SPIDER and to provide the updated maps of the SVi and the VCI.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat
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From 15 to 19 August 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are conducting a Conference entitled “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”. Read more about it...
UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”
Every February, Member States and observers of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) meet at the United Nations Office at Vienna to carry out the annual session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of COPUOS. This year, the STSC conducted its 53rd session from 15 to 26 February 2016. As in previous years, the UN-SPIDER programme reported to the STSC on its annual activities. In this session, Mr.
UN-SPIDER published a new recommended practice in its Knowledge Portal outlining detailed step-by-step procedures to support drought monitoring. The practice was developed by researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (UFSM). The procedure has been used to elaborate drought-related maps for Brazil in recent years.
UN-SPIDER published a new recommended practice with detailed step-by-step procedures to support drought monitoring. The practice was developed by the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (UFSM).
New recommended practice on drought monitoring published
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Uruguay (MGAP) launched in December 2015 a three-year long pilot project to test the viability of a drought insurance scheme based on the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). The pilot project will benefit individual cattle farmers and is being implemented by the Agriculture Policy and Planning Office (OPYPA) of MGAP. The pilot project is one of the efforts carried out by MGAP in the context of adaptation to