Namibia - Institutional Strengthening Mission

As a follow-up to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in 2009 and in the context of the Namibian SensorWeb Pilot Project, this mission was carried out by UN-SPIDER in coordination with the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The goal of the mission was to promote access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for disaster management and emergency response within relevant communities. The mission included a visit to the Northern regions Caprivi and Oshana that were affected by the flood in 2009 and a technical meeting with stakeholders.


Tue, 19/01/2010 to Tue, 02/02/2010

Host Institution: 

Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

Mission Team: 

The mission included experts from JRC, DLR, GTZ, ITC, NASA, NOAA, USRI, UNESCO, WMO and was coordinated by UN-SPIDER.

Mission Profile: 

The mission included:  

  • A field trip to the Northeastern Caprivi region and the central Cuvelai-Drainage System in Northern Namibia close to the border of Angola, which were affected by floods. The field trip included comprehensive photo documentation and GPS measurements of roads and particular geographic locations; as well as discussions with stakeholders from regional councils and relief organisations (police, fire brigade, national defense forces) to document measures and mechanism of emergency and crisis management and other relevant experiences.
  • A technical workshop organized by the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry. The goal of the workshop was to identify and discuss lessons-learned from the Namibian disaster management institutions and national and regional relief practitioners and to provide technical expert knowledge regarding the use of space technology to better facilitate international collaboration in the future.  
  • A high-level debriefing to high-level authorities including the Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the Under Secretary of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia, and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia.

Mission Outcome: 

The mission allowed experts to increase their awareness regarding the floods that have impacted Namibia in recent years and ways in which emergency response efforts are carried out at the national and local levels.

The mission took note of the existing basic capacity in several institutions in Namibia to work with space-based information and technology such as GPS and imagery. The mission team also identified that the flow of disaster-relevant information among different government institutions is still insufficient or even non-existing. This actually hinders the effective use of existing spatial and space-based information, especially as disaster relevant applications typically require information from different sectors of the administration.

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

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Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

The mission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is to realize the potential of the agricultural, water and forestry sectors towards the promotion of an efficient and sustainable socio-economic development for a prosperous Namibia.



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Namibian Disaster Risk Management of the Office of the Prime Minister

The Directorate exists to develop a functional national


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March 2011

Follow-up activity in Namibia to further develop the Namibian SensorWeb Pilot Project on flood management and vector- and water-borne disease modeling

Following a range of activities - such as activations of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters in 2008 and 2009, a Technical Advisory Mission in February 2009, a technical expert meeting in Bonn in August 2009, and the 3rd International UN-SPIDER workshop in Bonn in October 2009 – UN-SPIDER together with the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry organized a follow-up activity for a Flood Management Pilot Project in Namibia in order to promote the access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for



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Publishing Date: 

Fri, 05/03/2010 - 14:50





UN-SPIDER news: 



 Guido Van Langenhove. Experiences with space technology in management of 2009 floods in northern Namibia, - the user perspective. Hydrological Services Namibia



Frye Stuart.Overview on Namibian Flood SensorWeb Pilot Project. NASA

UN-SPIDER Newsletter October 2009

Issue Date: 

Fri, 16/10/2009

In this issue:

Case Study, Staffing, Interview, Network ...



  • Namibia SensorWeb Pilot Project - Technical Expert Meeting
  • UN Economic Commission for Africa - Consultative Meeting on Climate Activities Database

Technical Advisory Support

  • Technical Advisory Mission to Togo

Case Study

  • UN-SPIDER cooperation with Namibia




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