Stakeholder Workshop on Earth observation-based information products for drought risk on a national basis

Event Organisers: 

Space Research Institute (NASU-SSAU), ZFL, University of Bonn, UNU-EHS, UNOOSA / UN-SPIDER

Co-organisers: 

Venue Country: 

  • Ukraine

Venue City: 

Kiev

Venue: 

the Conference Centre of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the Kiev Polytechnic Institute

Date: 

14/05/2018 to 16/05/2018

Registration Deadline: 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Training type: 

academic

Language of event: 

English

Target Audience: 

Stakeholders, key decision makers and operational technical audience from the agricultural sector, the economic and the disaster risk reduction communities, space agencies, research and technology entities.

Description: 

The Stakeholder Workshop on Earth observation-based information products for drought risk on a national basis took place from 14 to 16 May 2018 at the Conference Centre of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the premises of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine.

 

Resources



Presentations

Presenter Title Presentation

Session 1: EvIDENz project and its workflows

Presentations

Welcome (Ukrainian Space Agency and UN-SPIDER)

Welcome Stakeholders and have a round table introduction

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Ukrainian Space Agency Recent advances in the use of space technologies in Ukraine in the agricultural sector and key challenges to monitor impacts as per the Sendai framework targets

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Overview by UN-SPIDER Overview of the EvIDENz project and overview of the Sendai framework and its targets Download
ZFL Segment of the workflow on the use of remote sensing-based technologies for drought monitoring and classification Download
UNU-EHS Workflow to estimate economic loss due to drought and understanding drought risk in Ukraine Download
Session 2: Monitoring droughts in Ukraine
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Government Agency in charge of Drought monitoring in Ukraine Presentation on recent advances in Ukraine to monitor drought as a weather event and its impacts on hydrologic resources Download
State Emergency Service of Ukraine Comments by State Agency on procedures to report on the implementation of the Sendai Framework using the Sendai Monitoring tool  
ZFL Presentation of App to track droughts in Ukraine Download
UN-SPIDER Discussion: What are the current challenges in Ukraine regarding the compilation of data on impacts of droughts and other hazards to generate reports to be incorporated in the Sendai Monitoring tool?  
UNU-EHS Brief introduction to proposed Policy Brief and distribution of Policy Brief Download
UN-SPIDER Wrap-up of the first day  
Session 3: Sendai framework monitoring and reporting
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UN-SPIDER Recap of first day  
UNU-EHS Compilation of suggestions from participants regarding the Policy Brief Download
Discussion

Incorporating new methods to assess and report on crop losses in Ukraine:  use of space-based information

Next steps to incorporate EvIDENz workflow to assess and report on crop losses in Ukraine:

·         Modifying workflow to address other crops in Ukraine

·         Testing  Modifying workflow to address other crops in Ukraine

·         Potential implementation

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Training segment
Presentations    
Introduction to the Work-flows - UNSPIDER

Introduction to:

·       Types of data used in the workflows (MODIS composite products); 

·       Additional, in-situ data needed;

Overview of EvIDENz Recommended Practice in the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal

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Beginning of training on the use of workflows      

Background

The duration and intensity of droughts have generally increased in several regions of the world. Agriculture is especially affected, triggering direct consequences on food security, health, and the economic situation of a country. Using Ukraine as pilot project country, the project Earth Observation Based Information Products for Drought Risk Reduction at the National Level (EvIDENz) develops Earth Observation information products to monitor direct agricultural loss attributed to drought hazard effects on the economy.

The project consortium has developed workflows which can be used to contribute to the monitoring of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030. Therefore, the workflows have been developed in accordance with the Technical Guidance for Monitoring and Reporting on Progress in Achieving the Global Targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The aim is to raise awareness regarding the use of space-based technology for monitoring progress in disaster risk management as recommended in the UNISDR Technical Guidance. These workflows will be given global visibility and will be promoted through the recommended practices on the UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER knowledge portal.

The workflows developed by the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) University of Bonn and by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS as part of the EvIDENz project contribute to the  assessment of the economic effects due to direct crop loss of a drought in the year 2015 for the Kyiv region in Ukraine.

The first segment of the workflow has been developed by the Center for Remote Sensing of the Land Surfaces (ZFL) using a weighted drought hazard classification based on a set of remote sensing indicators. This segment is based on the vegetation condition index taking into consideration the drought timing and the vulnerable growing stages of crops.  The assessment is based on an analysis of phenological metrics and employs a weighted linear combination (WLC).

The second segment of the workflow has been developed by the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and builds on the drought hazard classification developed in the first segment with the assessment of exposed elements for a quantitative measure of the Sendai indicator C2c (direct crop loss). This part of the workflow makes use of in-situ data generated by the agricultural community, including ministries of agriculture and national authorities that provide socio-economic data. Based on the information on crop types, respective yields, and the market value to agricultural products, the direct economic loss of individual crops can be estimated. The data on the population involved in agricultural tasks and their socio-economic characteristics has been used to measure the of agricultural dependent population using an indicator-based approach. The workshop will be used to present the two segments of the workflow.

Software and data availability plays a vital role in the ability of countries to monitor the impacts of hazards such as droughts. Therefore, freely available data and open source software have been used, in combination with complementary in-situ data such as agricultural yield information, population and occupation, to develop the workflows.

The EvIDENz workflow is presented as a Recommended Practice in the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal. The practice includes explicit, step-by-step instructions to promote accessibility and usage.

Objectives

The objective of the EvIDENz stakeholder workshop is to make decision makers and technical staff of several institutions of Ukraine aware of the workflows developed by ZFL and UNU-EHS to assess the impacts of droughts, and to discuss with decision makers ways to incorporate the use of the workflows to generate data to be incorporated in the reports related to the indicators of the SFDRR. In addition, the workshop will be used to train technical staff on the use of the workflows as presented in the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.

Structure of the workshop

The workshop will be divided into two segments.  The first segment, to be conducted in the premises of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, will be used to make decision makers and technical staff of several institutions of Ukraine aware of the workflows developed by ZFL and UNU-EHS to assess the impacts of droughts, and to discuss with decision makers ways to incorporate the use of the workflows to generate data to be incorporated in the reports related to the indicators of the SFDRR

Through technical presentations and subsequent discussions, this segment of the workshop will explore ways to incorporate the use of the workflows by the government of Ukraine to report on progress achieved in the implementation of the SFDRR, and to gather feedback from decision makers and from technical staff about refinements of the methodological approach to be integrated in the final version of the recommended practices.

The second part of the workshop will be a training activity targeting more technical staff, to be conducted at the National Technical University in Kiev. It will be used to train technical staff on the use of the workflows.  

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