A new booklet published on July 2nd by the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) outlines the potential uses of geo-information technologies to reduce the impact of natural or manmade disasters and risks. “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management - Best Practices and Examples” brings together concise scientific contributions from experts around the world and creates a decision support forum based on their knowledge. The articles in the booklet cover natural disasters like earthquake, flood, volcano outbreak, tsunami, landslide, dust storm and wildfire, as well as societal issues like health care, refugee camps, urban sprawl and traffic infrastructure security. Case related regional studies are complemented by presentations of global information systems.
Through the ground-breaking publication, UNOOSA aims to raise awareness among Governments, disaster management professionals and other decision-makers of the potential uses of geoinformation technologies to reduce the impact of natural disasters and support decision-making in all phases of disaster management, prevention and mitigation as well as immediate response and recovery.
According to UNOOSA's Takao Doi, UN Expert on Space Applications, the publication is a "must-read" for all decision-makers involved in risk and disaster management, as it clearly shows that "those technologies offer little-known and rarely-used solutions that could help us reduce disaster risks and losses and mitigate damages to livelihoods and property associated with disasters". Reflecting on the recent disasters in Guatemala, Pakistan and Kenya, he adds: "Thousands of lives could have been saved if we had better information about when such disasters may happen and what course they would take".
You can download a PDF version of this booklet below (Attachment).
For further information, please contact:
Associate Programme Officer, UNOOSA
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4958
Email: jamshid.gaziyev [at] unoosa.org
UN-SPIDER Programme Coordinator
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5631
Email: david.stevens [at] unoosa.org