UN-SPIDER carried out this follow-up activity to the technical advisory mission of 2013 with the following objectives: promote the implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for disaster management and emergency response; prepare a draft outline of a standard operating procedure for the utilization of space-based and geospatial information for disaster management and emergency response; and strengthen capacity and cooperation at international level to share space -based information for disaster management.
The activity was carried out in close collaboration with the Disaster Management Centre and Vietnam Space Technology Institute and involving several other stakeholder organizations.
The team had a series of meetings with officials of the Disaster Management Centre and the Vietnam Space Technology Institute. A national workshop was organized involving a wide range of stakeholders. During the workshop, high-level officials were briefed about the efforts being carried out in Viet Nam.
As a result of the UN-SPIDER engagement in Viet Nam and based on recommendations of the technical advisory mission, the Disaster Management Centre: established a Geospatial Division with the help of staff partly trained through UN-SPIDER; signed a memorandum of understanding with the Space Technology Institute and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for sharing satellite images during emergencies; and developed capacity to access and use satellite images to generate the products needed for risk assessment and emergency response.