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United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region

Image courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA) of a sandstorm over the Persian Gulf in 2008.
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

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Tue, 30/08/2016 - 03:17

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Expert Mission to El Salvador in July 2016

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Mon, 11/07/2016 to Wed, 13/07/2016

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

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Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, UN-SPIDER

Mission Profile: 

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.

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The mission facilitated:

- The establishment of the technical, interinstitutional team to contribute to disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response efforts through the generation of space-based information;

- The delivery of updated maps of the VCI and the SVI, which now include the procedure to mask out those pixels which are covered by clouds;

- Follow-up efforts in El Salvador regarding the SEWS-D project.

UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat

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UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”

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Tue, 16/08/2016 - 00:32

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UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission conduct a training course in Santo Domingo

Training course in Santo Domingo on drought indices

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the National

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EIGEO team trained in Santo Domingo

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Tue, 26/07/2016 - 05:40

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Dominican Republic Regional Expert Meeting

Droughts affecting Latin America

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National

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"Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems for Drought" in Dominican Republic, Latin America on 18-19 July 2016

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Wed, 29/06/2016 - 15:25

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Mon, 07/18/2016

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South-Asia Drought Monitoring System

Image courtesy of NASA, created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by the joint Global Agricultural Monitoring Project between NASA, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the University of Maryland

Drought is a

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Mon, 13/06/2016 - 10:35

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UN-SPIDER presents its annual report of activities to the STSC

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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.

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Wed, 23/03/2016 - 13:50

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Wed, 03/23/2016

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New recommeneded practice on drought monitoring published

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.

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New recommended practice on drought monitoring published

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Wed, 17/02/2016 - 16:42

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MGAP of Uruguay tests the use of the NDVI in drought insurance

Uruguay's NDVI-based drought insurance pilot project. Map produced by GRAS or INIA

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

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Mon, 01/02/2016 - 12:34

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Mon, 02/01/2016

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New Recommended Practice provided by Colombian Regional Support Office

Contraction and expansion of water bodies during La Niña event in Colombia

The Colombian Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER (IGAC) has provided a new Recommended Practice with detailed step-by-step procedures on how to derive useful information from satellite imagery.

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Recommended practices on water body changes

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Thu, 28/01/2016 - 16:03

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