Satellite image of volcano eruption

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated in Indonesia on 13 February by one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center, in order to provide satellite-based emergency maps for a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. The mechanism was activated on behalf of the... read more

Publishing Date: 17/02/2014
natural-color image of an ash plume from Sinabung on January 16, 2014

The Sinabung volcano was seen as non-active, with no historical records of eruptions, until 2010. A brief eruption back then caused the evacuation of about 30,000 nearby residents and other eruptions have followed since.

The Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite captured the natural colored image of the recent volcano eruptions on 16 January 2014. Frequent collapses from the unstable lava dome... read more

Publishing Date: 23/01/2014
NASA's MODIS on Terra satellite shows changes in coastal line of Sumatra Island

In line with Indonesia's One Map Initiative (OMI) launched in 2012, indigenous communities are using GPS technology to demarcate the boundaries of their ancestral lands including forests, reported The Guardian yesterday.

A spokesperson of the Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (Aman), a Jakarta-based secretariat representing more than 2,000 communities, says that community map making proved useful to the communities in their pursuit to protect their lands and forests.

Additionally, the 2D and 3D maps could help mitigate the impact of... read more

Publishing Date: 10/01/2014
NASA Earth Observatory image shows the Sinabung Volcano in Indonesia

On 7 January 2014 the International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated due to the numerous eruption of the Mount Sinabung in Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano... read more

Publishing Date: 08/01/2014
Activation of the International Charter

On 03 November 2013, the Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra erupted for the third time in three months, causing an ash plume 7 km high. This event led to the evacuation of the area and the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters on November 5, as requested by USGS on behalf of Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to support with the assessment of the situation. To fulfill this purpose the Project Management lies upon Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Although 1500 people have already been evacuated in four villages near the... read more

Publishing Date: 06/11/2013
Representatives of DLR and LAPAN during the meeting.

In parallel to the United Nations/Indonesia International Conference on Integrated Space Technology Applications to Climate Change facilitated by UNOOSA, UN-SPIDER organized a one-day stakeholder meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3 September 2013. The meeting was organized jointly with LAPAN, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Indonesia.

The stakeholders meeting, which was part of UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Support (TAS) efforts, focused on the utilization of space-based information for disaster risk management. This meeting was attended by over 25 key stakeholders of the disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 11/09/2013
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On 4 September 2013, UNOOSA and LAPAN, the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, successfully concluded a three-day conference focusing on integrated Space technology applications to climate change. The Conference brought together around 150 Indonesian and international experts from the space, the environment, academia and the climate change community as well as decision makers from Member States and from national, regional, and international organizations. The goals of the conference included to discuss... read more

Publishing Date: 04/09/2013
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Syamsul Maarif, tried to encouraged to jointly give steps further

During the 7th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF) celebrated in Kuta, Indonesia, on  22 August 2013, the chairman of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Syamsul Maarif, encouraged the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to jointly take steps further on the implementation of more sophisticated technologies for disaster risk reduction in order to reduce their common towards disasters. According to studies released in 2012, the Asia-Pacific region has been categorized as the most disaster-prone area in the world with around 2 million deaths due... read more

Publishing Date: 29/08/2013
Fishermen in the Philippines

The website Futuregov Asia reported that the Philippines are planning to improve their disaster mitigation efforts by adopting an Indonesian mapping and planning tool: "The Department of Science and Technology revealed plans to adopt InaSAFE, a disaster mitigation technology from Indonesia, to its Nationwide Operational Assessment of... read more

Publishing Date: 27/05/2013
Signing ceremony between UNOOSA and ICIMOD on 12 February 2013.

On the sidelines of the fiftieth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which took place in Vienna, Austria from 11 - 22 February 2013, UN-SPIDER signed agreements with two new partners to establish Regional Support Offices (RSO).

On 12 February 2013, during the 4th annual UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices meeting, the official signing ceremony for the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was held making ICIMOD the fourteenth RSO. ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The... read more

Publishing Date: 25/02/2013

Heavy seasonal rain swept across Indonesia during the days between 17 and 19 January 2013. Subsequently, Indonesia's capital Jakarta has been affected by heavy floods.

On 30 January, 2013 the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated for inundations in the city. The mechanism was triggered by USGS on behalf of BPPT Indonesia to provide space data of the affected areas.

An estimated 50% of the city has been inundated, with flood waters almost rising as high as four meters in some areas. Thousands of people have been evacuated. At least 15 people were reported killed, and a state of... read more

Publishing Date: 01/02/2013

More than 1,200 participants including 49 Government Ministers and high level delegates from Asia will meet on Tuesday, 23th of October in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, at the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). The Conference is the first gathering of Asian Government Ministers to consider a successor to the world's first comprehensive agreement on disaster risk reduction, the "Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the... read more

Publishing Date: 22/10/2012

UN-SPIDER is organizing a side event at the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) scheduled to take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 22 to 26 of October 2012. The side event "Improve DRR Practices based on the Lessons Learned from Major Disasters in Asia - A Space Technology Intervention" will mainly look at three recent disasters in Asia: Japan Tsunami in 2011, Pakistan Floods and China Yusu Earthquake 2010. During these disaster events the importance of space-based information for managing the situation became apparent. The session will bring out lessons learned and provide inputs to prepare for such disasters. Thus, the session will focus... read more

Publishing Date: 11/10/2012

The Indonesian government will host the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in October as the region counts the cost of record-breaking disaster losses over the last year. More than 1,000 participants, including government Ministers and high-level representatives from 60 countries will gather in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, at the Conference, October 22-25, to discuss how local policies and practices can make their communities safer against disasters.

Indonesia made disaster risk reduction a national priority following the 2004 Asian tsunami. “As a country which has experienced so many natural hazards, Indonesia is proud to host this important event and to share with other countries its experience in disaster risk reduction because we know that... read more

Publishing Date: 03/07/2012

South-East Asian countries have unveiled a regional centre to coordinate disaster management, with an emphasis on amassing and improving knowledge on disaster science.

The ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) last month (27 January).

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, the centre will connect all disaster management agencies in the region and provide warning of disasters by linking up early warning systems.

The centre will also gather natural disaster data — such as disaster maps — scattered across the region,... read more

Publishing Date: 14/02/2011

On October 25th 2010, an earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami struck the Mentawai Islands, a group of four large islands – Siberut, Sipora, Pagai Utara and Pagai Seletan - situated off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.

A TSF team was immediately deployed to Indonesia from its regional base in Bangkok, Thailand, at the request of the Office of the President of Indonesia and in coordination with the Indonesian government’s disaster management agency (BNPB). TSF deployment was facilitated by ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

In addition to the immediate assistance provided after the disaster, TSF worked in partnership with the European Commission (ECHO) to reinforce the islands’ disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 03/02/2011

Since its latest series of deadly eruptions, Java’s Mt Merapi has been spewing volcanic ash clouds into the air. Satellite data are crucial for assessing the eruption’s danger to air traffic and public safety.

Mt Merapi began erupting on 26 October and has killed more than 200 people. Numerous international flights in and out of the Indonesia area have been cancelled due to ash clouds.

Satellites help VAACs by providing information on ash and the trace gases, such as sulphur dioxide, erupting into the... read more

Publishing Date: 18/01/2011

UN-SPIDER was invited recently to participate and contribute to two major meetings in the Asia Pacific region: The first meeting was the 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia Step 2 which brought together over 100 participants from 44 organisations from 18 countries, including new members from Central Asia and which was held in Bali, Indonesia from 15th to 17th July.

Then the following week UN-SPIDER participated in the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific which was organised by ESCAP and which was attended by participants from the region as well as from International Organizations. The conclusions and recommendations included the need for a regional disaster management... read more

Publishing Date: 15/09/2009


The Asia and Oceania regions are frequently affected by severe natural phenomena such as tropical cyclones, torrential monsoons, volcanic eruptions, yellow sandstorms, floods, sea ice, and wildfires. The importance of monitoring the climate and the environment is also increasing, which has prompted enhanced global interest in the field.

In this area, the new generation of meteorological and earth observation satellites provide frequent and extensive... read more

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