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Floods in Bangladesh in 2019. Image: UN Women Asia and the Pacific.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is leveraging space-based information to support government and humanitarian agencies in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region with timely information for flood early warning and inundation mapping. The efforts, which consist of developing a streamflow prediction system for flood early warning and of providing near real-time flood maps for disaster response, come as the monsoon floods in the region are worsening and compunding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based at ICIMOD, the streamflow prediction system to support flood early warning is being developed through the SERVIR-HKH initiative, which benefits from technical assistance from NASA and the Bringham Young University. The system provides 15-day streamflow... read more

Publishing Date: 19/08/2020
The new agreement is aimed to provide assistance to all Saarc member states affected by disasters (Image: Krish Dulal)

An agreement signed by all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and India) is underway to promote a rapid response to natural disasters.

A Saarc monitoring system including tools for early warning system and risk mitigation could ease the humanitarian and technical assistance in member states when affected by natural disasters, facilitating for instance disaster relief or information on potential risks.

India is taking a leading role in setting up the system and is committed to provide technical assistance to all member states, besides manpower and financial support, as The Times of India informed.

"New Delhi was signatory to an agreement in Jakarta this January to develop a standard operating procedure for the region," said Santosh Kumar, director of Saarc Disaster Management Centre and executive director of the National Institute of Disaster Management.

Publishing Date: 29/04/2015
The training course will strengthen the capacities of Bhutan to use satellite information for disasters

On 13 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan kicked off a training course for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery preparedness". The course will be held until 17 April at the Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) in Dehradun, India.

The course is following up on a recommendation of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan in November 2014. Its goal is to strengthen Bhutan's capacities to use satellite imagery for disaster management. The course will enhance the capacity of Bhutanese officials on disaster preparedness, response and recovery at national and local levels and mitigating the impacts on people’s life and livelihoods when they are hit by disasters, thereby contributing to long-term disaster risk reduction in the country.

The training programme includes topics such as setting up a... read more

Publishing Date: 14/04/2015
The two training programmes aim to strengthen the capacities of Bangladesh and Bhutan to effectively use satellite-based information for disaster risk reduction (Image: NASA)

UN-SPIDER is planning to conduct two training programmes in April. 

From 5 to 9 April 2015, the programme is jointly organizing the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment" in Dhaka, Bangladesh with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in Bangladesh.

It aims to strengthen damage and loss assessment by teaching the use of satellites images to contribute to damage and loss assessment. It will allow DDM and important stakeholder departments with easy, rapid and accurate ways of assessing damage and loss during disasters using satellite remote sensing. It more specifically aims to impart skills on using satellite remote sensing for multi-hazard risk assessment, damage assessment of important sectors like agriculture, housing, road infrastructure and demography. Experts from the following organisations are contributing to the training by conducting lectures and hands-on sessions: National Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 01/04/2015
Bhutan is prone to various hazards, including earthquakes.

<p>In an effort to enhance disaster preparedness and recovery in Bhutan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bhutan Country Office, in close collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and UN-SPIDER developed the project &ldquo;Disaster Response and Recovery Preparedness (2014 &ndash; 2016).&rdquo;</p><p>This joint effort will receive USD 200,000 (Nu. 12,104,000) from the United Nations Development Programme/Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The programme implementation will be led by the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with other sectors such as Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, National Land Commission Secretariat and other stakeholder agencies in the government.</p><p>UN-SPIDER is a formal partner for the project. During the recent <a href="... read more

Publishing Date: 08/10/2014
Participants of the workshop carried out during the Technical Advisory Mission

UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan from 2 to 6 June 2014. The TAM was conducted upon invitation of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

The team visited key stakeholder agencies of DDM to take account of issues such as current policy and gaps, availability of geospatial information, the current use of space-based information, data sharing practices, applications of geospatial information, challenges and constraints, existing capacity and needs, institutional linkages and coordination and applications to strengthen disaster risk reduction and emergency response. The team visited over ten governmental departments within Ministries such as the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlements, the Ministry of Economic Affairs or the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest. The mission also included a one day workshop on 5 June 2014, organized jointly with the United... read more

Publishing Date: 16/06/2014
Bhutan seen from Space by NASA

UN-SPIDER is set to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan from 2 to 6 June 2014. The TAM is organised at the request of the Royal Government of Bhutan to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country.

Mr. Shirish Ravan of UN-SPIDER is leading the TAM with a team of 7 experts representing the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC), the University of Salzburg in Austria, the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Himachal Manav Seva (NGO in India), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) Brazil and the Brazilian Energy Planning Agency.

The TAM team will meet with key disaster management authorities in the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations, initiatives and private companies to discuss in depth the use of space... read more

Publishing Date: 26/02/2014

Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck inspired some secondary high school children from in and around Thimphu to learn about and understand climate change issues through interactive and fun-filled exercises using space technologies for practical day-to-day uses at a special youth event organised on 16 November 2011. Her Royal Highness has shown keen interest in this topic and was present throughout the morning’s session.

The event was part of the SERVIR-Himalaya Youth Forum ‘Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Action in the Himalayas’ which is being held from 14 to 19 November. SERVIR Himalaya is a joint initiative of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for regional monitoring and visualisation of key environmental and natural resources in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The event also marked the celebration of geography awareness week and... read more

Publishing Date: 17/11/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Response and recovery preparedness

The course is following up on a recommendation of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan in November 2014. Its goal is to strengthen Bhutan's capacities to use satellite imagery for disaster management. The course will enhance the capacity of Bhutanese officials on disaster preparedness, response and recovery at national and local levels and mitigating the impacts on people’s life...

Date of training: 13/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

Advisory Support

From 17 to 21 August, 2015 UN-SPIDER, UNDP and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) (Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs) conducted follow-up activities and a training workshop after the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan, offered in June 2014. The workshop was on the role of space based information in landslide hazard mapping and risk and assessment.

Mission dates: 17/08/2015 to 21/08/2015

This Institutional Strengthening Mission was a follow-up activity of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan in November 2014 and included a training course that took place from 13 to 17 April 2015. The training course was organised by UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery preparedness" and was held at the Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) in Dehradun, India.

Mission dates: 13/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

At the request of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Home and Civil Affairs (MoHCA), Royal Government of Bhutan, UN-SPIDER organized a Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in Bhutan and to strengthen all aspects of disaster risk management and emergency response through better access to space-based information.

Mission dates: 02/06/2014 to 06/06/2014
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