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Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology

The Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka is in charge of providing services pertaining to Meteorology, Aeronautical Meteorology, Ocean Meteorology, Hydro Meteorology, Agricultural Meteorology, Cl

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations collectively known as the Consultative

Sri Lanka Ministry of ICT and Telecommunication

The Ministry of ICT and Telecommunication has the mission to provide information and communication services in a timely manner, through the development of telecommunication and Information Technolo

Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC)

DMS’s mission is to protect human life and property of the people and the environment of Sri Lanka from the consequence of disasters taking place in the national territory, by effectively dea

Sri Lanka Ministry of Disaster Management

The mission of the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka is to facilitate harmony and the prosperity and dignity of human life through effective prevention and mitigation of natural and man-

Maps for Disaster Management to be released by December

The Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) will release the latest hazard maps in December.

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Publishing Date: 
Fri, 03/08/2012 - 11:02

UN-SPIDER co-organizes Capacity Building event in Sri Lanka

As a follow-up to a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka in October 2011, UN-SPIDER and the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka are organizing a Capacity Building event from 14-17

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Publishing Date: 
Tue, 24/07/2012 - 14:21

Space Technology for improving Hazard Mapping in Sri Lanka

Time and Duration
Venue City: 
Badulla
Basic Information
Date: 
14/08/2012 - 17/08/2012
Venue: 
Uva-Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, Badulla
Venue Country: 
Sri Lanka
Event Organisers: 

UN-SPIDER (UN Office for Outer Space Affairs) and Disaster Management Centre (Sri Lanka)

Co-organisers: 

Uwa-Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka, and National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)

Language of event: 
English
Training Details
Training Event Type: 
Training Event
Is a certificate Issued?: 
No certificate issued or not known

Introduction

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6.99114
longitude: 
81.0524

Sri Lanka - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 17/10/2011 - Fri, 21/10/2011
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Mass Movement
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Main Hazards: 
Tsunami
Mission details
<p>On 26 December 2004, Sri Lanka was impacted by the Indian Ocean-wide tsunami. The impacts of the disaster triggered a national effort to introduce disaster management as a key priority. At the invitation of the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka and its associated Disaster Management Centre (DMC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission. 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.</p>
Host Institution: 
The Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka
Mission Team: 
<p>The mission team was headed by two experts from UN-SPIDER, and was complemented with seven experts from UNESCAP, Z_GIS - University of Salzburg (Austria), CSSTEAP, SUPARCO, IWMI and the K.N.Toosi University of Technology (Iran).</p>
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission included meetings with key stakeholders within the government, associated departments/agencies and UN offices. In total eleven different institutions were consulted. In addition UN-SPIDER and DMC organised a one day workshop on 20 October 2011 bringing together more than 75 representatives from various government/UN agencies and academia of the country 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>Disaster-risk management efforts are implemented through the DMC and with the support of a variety of international organizations and NGOs. The DMC is well place and capable of coordinating inter-institutional efforts. Efforts are conducted under the umbrella of the national plan entitled: Towards a safer Sri Lanka: A road map for Disaster Risk Management;</p> <p>The Disaster Management Centre is aware of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters and of UN-SPIDER. The Survey Department is also aware of Sentinel Asia and participates in efforts conducted by Sentinel Asia. However, the products from these mechanisms are not yet contributing to the decision-making process;</p> <p>Space based information has been already employed in the case of hydrometeological events;</p> <p>Several organizations such as the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) have carried out hazard assessments, and the DMC is promoting the elaboration of risk assessment;</p> <p>There is no national-level data or information sharing mechanism, nor a national Geospatial Database Infrastructure in place to facilitate the sharing of data and information among institutions. However, some institutions have their own spatial database infrastructure, such as the Survey Department;</p> <p>The DMC is aware of the value of geo-spatial information but lack the capacities to make use of space-based information for risk management and emergency response efforts. There is a recognition regarding the need to build capacities within the DMC;</p>
Mission Recommendations: 
<p>The Government of Sri Lanka should incorporate the use of space-based information in its policies related to disaster-risk management and emergency response as a way to take advantage of the opportunities that are being made available by the space community, including mechanisms such as the Charter and Sentinel Asia;</p> <p>The Ministry of Disaster Management should incorporate policy interventions to define clear cooperation and information sharing mechanism between data provider organisations, to leverage on best practice and policy interventions to strengthen organisations mandated to play critical role in early warning;</p> <p>The issue of the Geospatial Data Infrastructure should be taken up on top priority to avoid huge wastage of resources. The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), the Survey Department and the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies should play key role in implementing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI);</p> <p>The right to access data for the different institutions and their needs of a comprehensive disaster management has to be maintained. Financial provisions to access satellite images should be maintained. The aerial coverage during emergencies could be improved by the Air force through especially equipped plane;</p> <p>An appropriate methodology and concept to integrate Earth Observation, spatial data and additional socio-economic data into a vulnerability assessment should be maintained. The overall integration into a risk profile will need further attention;</p> <p>The Ministry for Disaster Management and the DMC should carry out specific training programmes targeting offices involved in national risk profiling and early warning as well as strengthening technical infrastructure of departments involved in DRM for analysis of satellite data and processing of geospatial information;</p> <p>The DMC should carry out frequent awareness activities targeting decision makers and stakeholders in collaboration with Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) on the benefits of space-based information.</p>

4th International Conference on Geo-Information Technology for Natural Disaster Management - "Reduce Exposure to Reduce Risk"

Time and Duration
Registration Deadline: 
Sun, 15/07/2012
Venue City: 
Colombo
Basic Information
Date: 
14/08/2012 - 15/08/2012
Venue: 
Hotel Galadari
Venue Country: 
Sri Lanka
Event Organisers: 

Asian Institute of Technology
Japan-Vietnam Geoinformatics Consortium (JVGC)
Geoinformatics International
Uva Wellassa University (UWU)
National University of Sciences and Technology
Association for Geoinformation Technology

Language of event: 
English

With the theme "Reduce Exposure to Reduce Risk", the two days GIT4NDM Conference will focus on the following topics:

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6.92708
longitude: 
79.8612