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UN-SPIDER speaks at 57th session of COPUOS

Mr Luc St-Pierre presented the UN-SPIDER programme's recent activities to COPUOS

UN-SPIDER’s Senior Programme Coordinator, Mr Luc St-Pierre, addressed the attending delegations of the 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on 12 June 2014 in

Publishing Information
Publishing Date: 
Fri, 13/06/2014 - 09:11
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UN-SPIDER Updates May 2014

Issue Date: 
Tue, 03/06/2014

Malawi - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 14/10/2013 - Fri, 18/10/2013
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
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Earthquake
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Epidemic
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Forest Fire
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Flood
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Mission details
Malawi is a country frequently affected by floods, epidemics and droughts. In October 2013, a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission was carried out upon the request of the Government in Malawi in order to assess how the country could improve its disaster risk management and emergency response capabilities using satellite information. The Mission followed up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting conducted in November 2010.
Host Institution: 
Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA)
Mission Team: 
UN-SPIDER invited seven experts with a broad range of expertise and diverse backgrounds in the space-technology, disaster management and crowd-sourcing sectors to join the two UN-SPIDER experts on the mission team. The experts represented various United Nations agencies, academia and international as well as national organisations: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Humanitarian Open Street Map (HOT), French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), Technical University Vienna, Group on Earth Observation (GEO), Regional Centre for Mapping and Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the National Disaster Reduction Center China (NDRCC).
Mission Profile: 
The team met with key national, international institutions and organisations in Malawi to discuss the current use of space-based information and technology in the country. A one day national workshop conducted on 18 October 2013 brought together over 40 participants and stakeholders from the academia, ministries, departments, NGOs and international organisation. A wide variety of subjects were addressed including remote sensing applications for disaster risk management, land use planning for disaster prevention, the added value of satellite-derived soil moisture assessments, the benefits of sharing geospatial information, the regional efforts for spatial data infrastructure and the need to access existing international mechanisms that make available satellite information and products to support emergency response.

Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

In 1961, the Ghana Government decided to undertake The Ghana Nuclear Reactor Project (GNRP).

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Ghana Meteorological Agency

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) exists to provide efficient and reliable meteorological information by collecting, processing, archiving Analysing and dissemination of findings/meteorological

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Ghana Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission of Ghana is responsible for the regulation of utilization of forest and wildlife resources, the conservation and management of those resources and the coordination of polici

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Ghana Town and Country Planning Department

The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) was established in 1945 and charged with the responsibility of planning and management of growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the

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Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (Ghana)

The Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services started as a Remote Sensing Laboratory set up in 1990 by the University of Ghana and located in the Department of Geography and Res

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Ghana - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 25/11/2013 - Fri, 29/11/2013
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Mission details
Ghana is exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. In order to assess the potential to use Space-based information effectively to respond to or to prevent these events, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to this Western African country. The mission was conducted upon invitation of the government of Ghana and follows up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Mission carried out in October 2008.
Host Institution: 
National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)
Mission Team: 
The mission team comprised ten experts from various institutions including UNOOSA, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), MetOffice UK, National Disaster Risk Reduction of China (NDRCC), Secure World Foundation and the University of Free State.
Mission Profile: 
The mission was conducted through visits to different national and international institutions and organisations involved in disaster risk management, emergency response and the use of satellite data. These included various governmental departments and ministries. Additionally, UN-SPIDER organised a national workshop on 28 November 2014. More than 40 stakeholders from academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations were introduced to applications of remote sensing for disaster risk management including flood mapping. They were also informed about existing international mechanisms such as the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" that make available satellite information for support emergency response as well as on NADMO's role in the coordination of disaster management in Ghana. Various group discussions allowed participants to exchange on the current and potential use of space-based technology and the role for disaster management in each organisation. The mission was wrapped up with a debriefing of NADMO staff and its national coordinator presenting main observations and recommendations made by the mission team.
Mission Findings: 
<ul><li>Disaster Management Plan and Contingency Plans are in place but the crucial role of geospatial information needs to be enhanced. The National Disaster Management Authority recently started to build capacity for working with geospatial information </li> <li>National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is already on the agernda of relevant authorities and organisations in Ghana</li> <li>There is a need for an permanent operational Geographic Information unit for disaster response, with 24/7 alertness capacity</li> <li>Ghana already has a great national as well as regional capacity on Space technologies and geospatial information. This support should be used for improvements in the use of space-based information for disaster management.</li></ul>
Mission Recommendations: 
<ul><li>Prioritize the potential of space based information and geospatial data at policy making level</li> <li>Establish a centrally organised National Spatial Data Infrastructure to support the work of NADMO </li> <li>Raise awareness of the availability of satellite imagery, e.g. through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters</li> <li>Explore the use of open source Geographic Information System/Remote Sensing software </li> <li>Make use of existing international partners: ITC, FEMA, Universities, UN-SPIDER</li></ul>

UN-SPIDER Updates April 2014

Issue Date: 
Thu, 01/05/2014