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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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5.55
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-0.2

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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5.55
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-0.2

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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5.55
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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

Call for Experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Mongolia

Mongolia seen from Space

UN-SPIDER invites applications from representatives of relevant institutions, organizations, companies or universities interested in joining the expert team for the upcoming Technical Advisory Miss

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Publishing Date: 
Wed, 30/04/2014 - 13:29
latitude: 
47.92
longitude: 
106.92

UN-SPIDER successfully conducts TAM to El Salvador

El Salvador, like the other five Central American countries, is exposed to a variety of natural hazards.

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Publishing Date: 
Tue, 08/04/2014 - 12:37
latitude: 
13.7072
longitude: 
-89.2006

UN-SPIDER Updates March 2014

Issue Date: 
Tue, 01/04/2014

Call for Experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Zambia

Floods in Zambia in 2003 captured by NASA’s Terra satellite

At the invitation of the Government of Zambia, the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zambia from 26 to 30 May 2014.

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Publishing Date: 
Mon, 31/03/2014 - 11:12
latitude: 
-15.4082
longitude: 
28.2872

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya

Mission team of the Kenya Technical Advisory Mission

From 3 to 7 March 2014, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Kenya in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk m

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Publishing Date: 
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:11
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-1.29207
longitude: 
36.8219