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Mozambique - Training Course

In 2012, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Mozambique in order to assess existing disaster and risk reduction activities as well as policies and plans with regard to the use of

Date: 
04/11/2013 - 08/11/2013
Title of Training: 
Disaster Mapping using Space Technologies
Trainers: 
Experts from the University of Cologne and the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne (both in Germany), National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) and from UN-SPIDER (Vienna and Beijing).
Target Group: 
Eight organizations in Mozambique that are involved in data management of disasters, under which National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the national Centre of Cartography and Remote Sensing (CENACARTA), National Institute of Meteorology (IIAM) and two Universities (Mozambique Technical University and Eduardo Mondlane University).
Training Profile: 
<p>Topics covered in the training course included the use of remote sensing techniques for flood forecasting and flood detection, drought monitoring, rapid mapping of disasters and GIS techniques to evaluate the impact of disasters on the population.</p> <p>The participants were actively involved in the processing of digital elevation models, rainfall data, satellite imagery and geographic data on infrastructure, utilities and population. The training took place at a computer laboratory of the Eduardo Mondlane University, one year after the mission team of a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission in 2012 had evaluated the current and potential use of space-based information for disaster management in Mozambique.</p>
latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

Eduardo Mondlane University

The Eduardo Mondlane University (Portuguese: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) is the oldest and largest university in Mozambique. The UEM is located in Maputo and has about 27,000 students.

latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

Mozambique: UN-SPIDER/UNDP organize Workshop on Disaster Mapping

Participants of the UN-SPIDER training course "Disaster Mapping"

From 4 to 8 November 2013, eight organizations in Mozambique were trained on “Disaster mapping using space technology”.

Publishing Information
Publishing Date: 
Fri, 08/11/2013 - 10:26
latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

NASA: EO-1 satellite captures floods in Mozambique

After days of torrential rain pushed the lower Limpopo River over its banks in late January 2013, flood water surrounded the city of Xai-Xai in southern Mozambique.

Publishing Information
Publishing Date: 
Tue, 05/02/2013 - 12:14
latitude: 
-25.05
longitude: 
33.65

Mozambique National Institute of Statistics (INE)

INE is part of the Ministry of Finance of Mozambique (MF). INE is in charge of collecting census data and undertake regular surveys on different socio-economic related aspects.

latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

Mozambique National Directorate of Land Planning and Management (DNAPOT)

DNAPOT is part of the Ministry for Environmental Coordination of Mozambique (MICAO).

MICAO's website: http://www.micoa.gov.mz/

latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

Mozambique Regional Administration of Waters in the South (ARA-Sul)

ARA-Sul is the water agency responsible for the river basins in southern Mozambique, including the trans-boundary flood prone rivers Limpopo and Maputo.

latitude: 
-25.9718
longitude: 
32.5718

Mozambique National Cartography and Remote Sensing Centre (CENCARTA)

CENACARTA (National Cartography and Remote Sensing Centre) is an independent centre under the Ministry of Agriculture.

latitude: 
-25.9634
longitude: 
32.5636

Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM)

IIAM, Mozambique's Institute of Agricultural Research, is part of the Ministry for Agriculture of Mozambique.

latitude: 
-25.9304
longitude: 
32.5916

Mozambique - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 08/10/2012 - Fri, 12/10/2012
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Mission details
<p>Mozambique is exposed to weather-related hazards such as floods, droughts, and storms, which include tropical cyclones. As much as 25% of the population is at risk from natural hazards. The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and UNDP Mozambique requested UN-SPIDER to carry out a Technical Advisory Mission from 8 to 12 October 2012. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and to evaluate existing disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies and to facilitate access of national institutions to space-based information to support tasks contemplated in the full cycle of disaster management.</p>
Host Institution: 
Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and UNDP Mozambique
Mission Team: 
<p>The team comprised nine experts: Dr. Shirish Ravan (UNOOSA, Beijing Office), David Stevens (UNOOSA, Vienna Office), Dr. Stefan Kienberger (University of Salzburg, Centre for Geoinformatics, Austria), Prof. Dr. Talbot Brooks (Delta State University, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, USA), Alex Fortescue, (Southern Mapping, South Africa), Prof. Dr. Chris Hartnady (Umvoto, South Africa), Wolfram Lange (Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Dr. Kennedy Masamvu (Southern African Development Community &ndash; SADC) Botswana, Prof. Dr. Jackson Roehrig, (Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany).</p>
Mission Profile: 
<p>Meetings were held with key stakeholders within the government, associated departments/ agencies, and UN offices. In total, twelve different institutions were interviewed as part of a needs assessment process. The results of these meetings were augmented with information gained through a one day workshop organized by UN-SPIDER, INGC, and UNDP on 10 October 2012. The workshop brought together more than 45 representatives from various government/ United Nations and academic entities to discuss cross cutting issues related to use of geographic and space-based information for disaster risk reduction and emergency response.</p>
Mission Findings: 
<p>The Mission Team observed the following:</p> <ul> <li>Disaster Management Plan and Contingency Plans are in place providing an opportunity for using geospatial information</li> <li>Coordination mechanism for disaster management is available (CTGC) which brings in different ministries/departments working with geospatial information</li> <li>A simulation exercise carried out annually provides an opportunity for the integration of geospatial products including satellite images</li> <li>Organizations expressed willingness to improve the coordination efforts</li> <li>Information sharing policy is not available which limits data sharing. No current discussion on the need to establish a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NDSI)</li> <li>Different ministries and departments are involved in the mapping and maintenance of various thematic datasets</li> <li>Several institutions are involved in international projects involving space-based and geospatial information, which calls for stronger need for coordination and data sharing</li> <li>CENACARTA is mandated to provide baseline data (topographic maps, vector layers and satellite data) - baseline data needs to be updated. CENACARTA and INE are also obliged by existing policies to generate revenues</li> <li>Lack of awareness about the use and existence of geospatial data (need to improve dialogue)</li> <li>Capacities to use Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems exists within several organization</li> <li>INGC needs capacity to make use of the thematic data provided by different institutions</li> <li>Awareness and appreciation at decision-making level is required</li> </ul>
Mission Recommendations: 
<p>Policy and Coordination</p> <ul> <li>Update Disaster Management Plan and Contingency Plans to make provisions to incorporate space-based and geospatial information</li> <li>Policy interventions to define clear cooperation and information sharing mechanism between data provider organisations and user organisation</li> <li>Establishment of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure should be taken up on top priority to ensure optimisation of use of existing resources. To share international NSDI best practices is seen as an important cornerstone to further build on</li> <li>Effort to have in place professional body bringing together geospatial experts</li> </ul> <p>Data status and availability</p> <ul> <li>Creation and implementation of infrastructure for data sharing should be a top-priority for governmental institutions. NSDI should cover a road map for data creation, data management, metadata, standardization and quality</li> <li>Data creation needs to be streamlined to generate up-to-date geospatial information based on existing mandates of various organisations</li> <li>Data management needs to be reframed to provide uniform access to all humanitarian and developmental organisations. Metadata should be considered as an important component of the data management</li> <li>Awareness of the use of open-source software and open data should be strengthened</li> </ul> <p>Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening</p> <ul> <li>Enable stakeholders of INGC (members of CTGC) with on-the-job-training to impart specific skills &nbsp;</li> <li>Train-the-trainer in specific domains of risk, hazard and vulnerability mapping (Develop national capacity to generate critical mass of trained personnel)</li> <li>Forum to generate awareness (workshop, technical committee, associations) to engage various levels of decision makers</li> </ul> <p>Other recommendations</p> <ul> <li>A Disaster Management Information System is needed to ensure integration of all information and providing meaningful inputs for decision making</li> <li>Ensure access by INGC to mechanisms that make space-based information available during emergency response: such as the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, SERVIR and GEO-EMS are the key mechanisms that need to be used effectively during emergencies</li> </ul>