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At the request of the Government of Vietnam, through the Disaster Management Centre, Directorate of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Vietnam to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management in Vietnam and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.
Mon, 25/03/2013 to Fri, 29/03/2013
Disaster Management Center (DMC)
The mission included 12 experts from the following organizations:
Milind Pimprikar, CANEUS (Canada-Europe-Americas-Africa-Asia-Oceania) International, and Centre for Large Space Structures & Systems, Canada
Thuy Le Toan, CNES-CNRS-Université Paul Sabatier, France
DanLing Tang, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Juan Barba Polo, GEREDIS, Spain
Gliceto Olarte Dagondon, GREEN Mindanao, south of Philippines
Norman Kerle, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Netherlands. Department of Earth Systems Analysis (ESA)
Talbot John Brooks, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University
LI Jing, Beijing Normal University & National Committee for Disaster Reduction of China
The expert team visited key stakeholders organizations involved in providing space-based and geospatial information for disaster management. A one-day workshop was conducted as a part of this mission, which was attended by about 60 officials from government departments, UN agencies and NGOs supporting disaster management in Vietnam. The team also met with the UN Resident Coordinator to brief him about the mission objectives. A final debriefing was provided to the Vice Minister of Agriculture. The debriefing focused on observations and recommendations related to the capacity building, data availability, data/information sharing, policy and coordination with respect to disaster risk management and emergencyresponse.
Several agencies using geospatial technologies understand the inter-disciplinary nature of crisis planning, mitigation, response, and recovery exist
Tremendous technical capacity exists within Viet Nam to use spaced based technology (MONRE, MARD, VAST)
The challenge is to leverage this capacity in support of disaster response and disaster risk reduction
DMC/MARD needs ‘small’ core team of professionals trained in remote sensing and GIS, to be able to leverage on capacities of different institutions to effectively serve CCFSC and NCSR
DMC mandate should be strengthened to be an effective focal agency for disaster risk management
Outstanding geospatial data sets, including a national topographic map accurate to a scale of 1:10,000.
Remote Sensing data widely exist (SPOT, Sentinel Asia and soon from own satellite)
Strong awareness about the diversity of data required to work in the crisis management arena.
Little awareness between agencies on available data/information
Very little sharing of data and information with high administrative hurdles, though willingness seems to be generally there
Data policy, including Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data, is the most urgent need
This is critical for CCFSC/MARD and VINASAROM to receive reliable and up-to-date information for decision making
Policy and coordination
Mechanism should be revised or created to allow all data directly or potentially useful to disaster management to move freely through the Vietnamese Government as well as other local and international humanitarian actors.
A Data and Information working group should be created which would allow technical focal points from key government agencies using data (i.e. DMC, DWR, Red Cross, CCFSC, etc.) to meet and discuss data-related issues (identifying user requirements, data standards, raising awareness of available data etc.) to facilitate data use in support of disaster management.
A clearer and more pervasive role of geospatial data in the new Disaster Management law is recommended
Strengthening Disaster Risk Management
DMC/MARD has critical role to play in establishing mechanism which allows for rapid data sharing with minimal administrative action, not only in times of crisis, but for planning, mitigation/risk reduction, and recovery activities.
Leverage and expand capacities of MONRE, VAST and other organisations effectively to operationally derive products needed for Disaster Risk Management
Specific programmes should be initiated through DMC to prepare nationwide hazard, vulnerability and risk mapping
Projects should be coordinated by DMC with centres of excellence