Sri Lanka


OCHA is the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and one of its multiple mandates is the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy. To accomplish this mission OCHA produces, prints and distributes a wide range of geographic and thematic maps.
Nowadays, OCHA works in cooperation with the Urban Development Authority and the Survey Department of Sri Lanka to provide accurate maps of the country. An important achievement of this cooperation is the OCHA SRI LANKA MAP ATLAS, which is a collection of all the main public map products created by OCHA Sri Lanka since 2005. MAP ATLAS offers users both interactive and static maps with the possibility to browse through a full catalogue of all available products. Additional links to web based resources are also provided.

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Publishing Date: 07/12/2009

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Training workshop on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal and the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on floods and droughts.

The three-day training workshop covered different sections of the Portal and included an in-depth training on the Recommended Practices developed for floods and droughts.

Date of training: 26/04/2017 to 28/04/2017
Earth observation technologies for flood risk mapping, modelling and management

The event consisted of a workshop and training programme. The activity was jointly realised by UN-SPIDER, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM), and Postgraduate Institution of Science, University of Peradeniya.

The event included a one-day workshop for decision makers, followed by a four-...

Date of training: 17/11/2014 to 21/11/2014
Space Technology for Improving Hazard Mapping in Sri Lanka

The course was jointly organized by the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC) and UN-SPIDER, with support from Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, UNDP in Sri Lanka and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC). The broad objective of the training was to strengthen the capacity of the national agencies to use geo-spatial technologies for hazard mapping, hazard...

Date of training: 15/08/2012 to 18/08/2012

Advisory Support

Mission dates: 01/11/2020
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At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, through the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM), UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutonial Strenghtening Mission follow-up activity to Sri Lanka to understand long-term capacity building needs and discuss joint activities in next three to five years.

Mission dates: 22/03/2018 to 28/03/2018

UN-SPIDER conducted a Institutional Strengthening Mission in Sri Lanka from 24 to 28 April 2017. Th ISM was a follow-up to the technical advisory mission to Sri Lanka in 2011. Both the original mission and the follow-up activity were hosted by the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka and its associated Disaster Management Centre.

Mission dates: 24/04/2017 to 28/04/2017

As a follow-up to the technical advisory mission to Sri Lanka, UN-SPIDER conducted a training event, which was held from 17 to 21 November 2014.

Mission dates: 17/11/2014 to 21/11/2014

Following a technical advisory mission in 2011, UN-SPIDER organized training in space technology for improving hazard mapping in Sri Lanka from 15 to 18 August 2012 in cooperation with the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka and with the support of the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka and NDRCC.

Mission dates: 15/08/2012 to 18/08/2012

On 26 December 2004, Sri Lanka was impacted by the Indian Ocean-wide tsunami. The impacts of the disaster triggered a national effort to introduce disaster management as a key priority. At the invitation of the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka and its associated Disaster Management Centre (DMC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and to evaluate existing disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies.

Mission dates: 17/10/2011 to 21/10/2011


This programme addresses the challenges of assessing hazards, vulnerability and resilience and maximizing community engagement to transform information gathered into a professional plan aligned with Government and other agencies.

Course objectives

The training will be conducted using a mixture of theory and practical applications, introducing a range of interactive training methods such as group discussions, presentations and practical exercises.


Target audience

  • Staff of development organisations involved in the design, execution and coordination of project and programmes;
  • (Future) project managers/coordinators, portfolio managers, desk officers and programme officers from development related organizations, including donors, government departments, civil society groups, (I)NGO’s and charities

Regional Support Office


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