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Call for experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana

Ghana’s Songor Lagoon seen from space (2000)

At the invitation of the Government of Ghana (National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO) the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Ghana from 25 to 29 Novemb

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Wed, 28/08/2013 - 10:24
latitude: 
5.55572
longitude: 
-0.196306

Call for experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Malawi

Lake Malawi in the Eastern Rift of the Great Rift Valley seen from space

At the invitation of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Malawi from 14 October to 18 October 2013.

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Wed, 03/07/2013 - 11:26

Technical Advisory Missions

A Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) is conducted to identify the needs of a Member State regarding its capacity to fully take advantage of space-based information.

UN-SPIDER Advisory Mission to Mozambique concluded

At the request of the Government of Mozambique, through the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 7 to 14 October 2012 to e

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Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:32

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Solomon Islands concluded

At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012.

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Mon, 08/10/2012 - 08:58
latitude: 
-9.43038
longitude: 
159.948

Technical Advisory Mission to Mozambique: Call for experts

From 8 to 12 October 2012, UN-SPIDER will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Mozambique as agreed upon during the UN International Conference "Space based technologies for disaster

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Wed, 29/08/2012 - 16:30
latitude: 
-25.9667
longitude: 
32.5833

UN-SPIDER builds hazard mapping skills in Sri Lanka

From 14 to 17 of August 2012, UN-SPIDER conducted the Capacity Building Programme “Space Technology for Improving Hazard Mapping in Sri Lanka”, as a follow-up to the Technical Advisory

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Fri, 24/08/2012 - 15:29
latitude: 
6.82451
longitude: 
80.9859

UN-SPIDER on Technical Advisory Mission in Cape Verde

From 29 July to 2 August 2012, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Cape Verde supported by the generous contributions of the Government of Austria.

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Fri, 10/08/2012 - 08:37
latitude: 
15.1217
longitude: 
-23.6051

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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Tue, 24/07/2012 - 14:21

Dominican Republic - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Tue, 26/01/2010 - Fri, 29/01/2010
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Earthquake
Main Hazards: 
Forest Fire
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Mass Movement
Main Hazards: 
Tsunami
Mission details
<p>The Dominican Republic is exposed to tropical storms and hurricanes that may trigger floods and storm surges. In addition, it is exposed to earthquakes that can trigger tsunamis. In 2002 the Dominican Republic enacted the Law 147-02, which incorporates the establishment of an inter-institutional System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response. At the request of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the National Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (SEREX), UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to the Dominican Republic.</p>
Host Institution: 
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the National Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (SEREX)
Mission Team: 
<p>The mission was conducted by two experts from UN-SPIDER, who were accompanied by experts from the Panama-based Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) and from the Bolivarian Space Agency (Venezuela).</p>
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission included visits to 11 Government agencies and included an inter-institutional workshop organized by the National Emergency Commission (CNE), which was attended by a variety of institutions, including universities, NGOs and the private sector.</p>
Mission Findings: 
<p>Disaster-risk management is a topic that has been receiving more and more attention in recent years in the Dominican Republic, particularly through the enactment of the new Law 147-02 in 2002. The law targets specifically two policies which are of relevance in the context of space-based information: the National Integrated Information System and the recognition regarding institutional strengthening through capacity building efforts.</p> <p>Several government agencies have the capacity to access space-based data and generate information. As in the case of other countries, it is the institutions that deal with naturals resources such as the National Secretariat for the Environment and Human Resources (SEMARENA) and the National Institute of Water Resources (INDRHI) as well as the Military Cartographic Institute and the University Geographic Institute (IGU) that have the best capacities.</p> <p>Several National Secretariats have the mandate to establish thematic information systems. Efforts are being conducted to implement the National Geospatial Database Infrastructure as a way to facilitate the sharing of information among government institutions. INDHRI acquired high-resolution aerial photography of the whole country at a 1:20,000 scale between the years 2000 and 2004.</p> <p>The National Emergency Operations Center is aware of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, and finds its Pdf maps useful particularly to make use of them in the field in case of disasters. Several organizations, including NGOS, have generated a variety of hazard, vulnerability and risk maps from different regions in the country.</p>
Mission Recommendations: 
<p>The mission recommended to CNE the promotion of the use of space-based information, in particular during disasters. Efforts should be made by CNE to incorporate a task along these lines within the Manual of Operations of the National Emergency Operations Centre.</p> <p>Taking note of the institutional mandates and arrangements and following examples from other countries in Latin America, CNE should establish an inter-institutional group that focuses on the processing of satellite imagery to generate relevant information. The institutionalization could be carried out through a Memorandum of Understanding or a similar approach and strengthen the skills of the group. UN-SPIDER could also contribute to the strengthening of skills of the group.</p> <p>The Technical Committee on Prevention and Mitigation of Risks should homogenize the different hazard, vulnerability and risk maps that have been elaborated by different agencies and organizations, and should promote the use of guidelines or standards in the elaboration of new maps of these kinds.</p> <p>The Technical Committee on Prevention and Mitigation of Risks should implement that National Integrated Information System and promote its use in risk management efforts throughout the country.</p> <p>A national policy should be established by the Government towards the establishment of the National Geospatial Database Infrastructure, and a policy so that government agencies exchange information more easily;</p> <p>CNE should implemented a training programme to increase the skills of staff on the use of satellite imagery, including radar imagery in the case of floods. ITLA or the National Autonomous University of Santo Domingo could implement such a programme.</p>