The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile and also caused a tsunami, which affected some parts of the coast. The mechanism was activated on 17 September 2015, at 09:37:02 (UTC+03:00) by ONEMI.
The mechanism was triggered on 25 February 2015 after heavy floods started affecting the northern part of the country. The flooding had been caused by accumulating rainfall since January, causing the River Acre to overflow.
A Recommended Practice elaborated by UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Ukraine, was used by to create maps in a recent activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters for the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Bolivia: Recommended Practice by Ukraine RSO used in International Charter activation
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in northern Bolivia after heavy rain caused the River Acre to overflow on 24 February 2015. The mechanism will provide up-to-date satellite-based information products and maps. The activation was triggered by SIFEM-DNPC on behalf of SINAGER - VIDECI. USGS will handle the project management for this activation.
On the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UN-SPIDER hosted a Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters specifically for UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices in Vienna on 4 February 2015.
On 16 October, Luc St-Pierre, Coordinator of UN-SPIDER, presented via teleconference the 2014 report of activities of UNOOSA in support to the International Charter: Space and Major Disaster (International Charter) during the Charter Board Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The report highlighted the actions taken by UNOOSA and UN-SPIDER in promoting the Charter's Universal Access initiative, started in September 2012.