The event was conducted by experts from World Vision Australia, Oxfam New Zealand, UN-SPIDER, UNOCHA, Civil Registration & Vital Statistics (CRVS), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and NDMO.
Sixty five participants attended the activity, including government officials, NGOs, UN agencies, and stakeholders from communities and the private sector. It addressed ways to effectively extract information from available sources and how information is used in the disaster management cycle. The topic of “Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific Islands” was discussed and UN-SPIDER coordinated the conduction of a group exercise on “Crucial Data for Response”. The group exercise allowed participants to become aware of ways to acquire, process, and use satellite images to generate information on impacts of events. It was an opportunity for the participants to learn from experts and improve their capacities in using geospatial information in disaster response and recovery operations.