As a follow-up to the technical advisory mission (TAM) to Sri Lanka (17-21 October 2011), a four-day capacity-building training course was held. The expert team had listed in their TAM report a number of recommendations to the Government to strengthen
10 experts from various organizations including United Nations agencies, regional organizations, national agencies and institutions led the technical sessions.
25 participants involved in disaster management and hazard mapping in Sri Lanka participated representing the following agencies: Department Meteorology, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, National Building Research Organization Coast Conservation Department, Department of Irrigation, Disaster Management Centre, Department of Survey and Mapping, Department of Agriculture, Department of Census and Statistics and Universities.
The course was jointly organized by the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC) and UN-SPIDER, with support from Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, UNDP in Sri Lanka and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC). The broad objective of the training was to strengthen the capacity of the national agencies to use geo-spatial technologies for hazard mapping, hazard monitoring and risk assessments. Besides discussing the current state of use of space-based information for disaster management in Sri Lanka, the experts conveyed knowledge on the LiDARDigital Evaluation Model, National Spatial Data Infrastructure for flood hazard mapping as well as knowledge on coastal hazard mapping, coastal zone management and integrated shoreline management plans. In addition, NDRCC donated HJ-1 satellite images of entire Sri Lanka and license-free image processing software which can be used by DMC and other organizations in Sri Lanka for hazard mapping as well as for natural resource mapping. The complete training report is available here.
Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) revealed extraordinary flooding in Sri Lanka caused by unusually strong monsoonal rainfall over the period 31 May - 4 June 2014, as research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) shows.
Recognizing geospatial information as an essential resource that supports the economic, social and environmental interests, the Survey Department of Sri Lanka has recently received a Cabinet approval to build the National
During the recent CEO’s Forum on Space Technology Applications for National Development in Sri Lanka, India’s National Remote Sensing Centre Deputy Director Dr. P.G. Diwakar highlighted the important impact that satellite technologies have in various sectors of development in India.
Sri Lanka's first communication satellite will be taken to orbit on November 22, 2012 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China and it will be positioned over Sri Lanka. The launch will take place around 9:30 p.m.
The United Nations began its work in Sri Lanka in 1952 making it one of the first countries in the world to have a UN development programme. Three years later, on 14th December 1955, Sri Lanka was admitted as a member state of the UN. The UN is in Sri Lanka by explicit agreement with the government. The UN, in partnership with the government and people of Sri Lanka, works to ensure that all Sri Lankan people enjoy better living conditions.
The Survey Department of Sri Lanka is the National Surveying and Mapping Organisation and also the national focal point of GIS and Remote Sensing with representation in the Global Mapping Project organised by the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM). Its mission is to provide high quality land information products and services through professionally qualified and dedicated personal.