Workshop participants at the AFAD emergency operations room.

UN-SPIDER conducted a training programme on Combatting Disaster in Arid Regions Using Space-Based and Geospatial Technologies from 18 to 20 February 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. The event was the first attempt of broadening UN-SPIDER efforts to include countries in a vast swath of arid regions in Asia and North Africa, and to increase awareness of the need for space technology to combat disasters in the context of a changing climate and growing populations. The programme was jointly organised with Delta State University, a Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) provided the local support as the host agency.

A total of 22 participants from 11 countries attended the training. They included participants from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Armenia, Turkey and Egypt and experts from UN-SPIDER, Delta State University, the Iranian Space Agency, the International Centre for... read more

Publishing Date: 24/02/2020
Floods were reported along the Çoruh Nehri river (Image: Evgeny Genkin)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to floods and landslides caused by torrential rains in the Artvin Province of Turkey. The mechanism was activated yesterday, 26 August 2015, at 18:50 (UTC+03:00) by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (... read more

Publishing Date: 27/08/2015
Satellite view of the city of Istanbul (Image: ESA)

Airbus Defence and Space offers data on crop monitoring through SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite imagery to the Agricultural Monitoring and Information System Project (TARBIL), a programme coordinated by the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, and funded by the Ministry of Development. The project, started in 2011, aims to generate up-to-date agricultural maps of Turkey which could support present and future crop yield forecasts for each commodity.

SPOT 6 was launched in 2012 while SPOT 7 was put into orbit in 2014. They form a constellation of Earth observing satellites designed to provide continuity of high-resolution, wide-swath data up to 2024.

Airbus Defence and Space has has been involved in TARBIL since 2012, when it signed an agreement on agricultural monitoring with the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), although the collaboration between both entities dates back to 2002, when ITU started to get SPOT 4 data. The agreement also included the... read more

Publishing Date: 27/07/2015
Satellite image of snow in Turkey (NASA/MODIS)

Ensar Gul, chairman of Turksat Satellite Communications, announced the production and launch of national satellites to occur within a five years time-frame.

“If you have experience, you can build a satellite within three years and launch it within another two years. That means Turkey will have its own satellite within five years,” Gul said.

Turkey has already sent three communication satellites in orbit and has built five satellites in total. Also, the country possesses an earth observation satellite and is currently developing its own space agency.

Publishing Date: 09/12/2014

The UN Secretary-General is organising the first large-scale global humanitarian summit, the World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in Istanbul in 2016.

The goal of this summit is to find new ways to tackle humanitarian needs in our fast-changing world. This three-year initiative is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Among the themes highlighted for the summit are humanitarian effectiveness, transformation through innovation, serving the needs of people in conflict as well as reducing vulnerability and managing risk. Particularly, the last subject-area will explore effective ways to support countries and communities in building resilience as a response to the changing nature of shocks and stresses, such as natural disasters.

A series of Regional Consultations will bring together individuals and groups... read more

Publishing Date: 18/11/2014
The city of Izmir, Turkey, as observed by RASAT in 2011

Turkey has launched Gezgin Geoportal, an online portal making available detailed imagery of the country from the Turkish RASAT satellite, as the newspaper Hurriyet DailyNews reported.

“There is great competition in the field of space industry. At a time when the world is becoming increasingly smaller (...), information, informatics and surveillance have become important in the world,” Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık said at a ceremony launching the Gezgin Geoportal.

The ceremony on 19 August 2014 also marked the third anniversary of the launching of the RASAT satellite, Turkey’s first earth observation satellite.

Publishing Date: 21/08/2014
Ankara, Turkey as seen from the ISS

Following the successful launch of the 4B Satellite earlier in the year, Turkey is set to open a satellite manufacturing and testing center later this month at the Akinci Air Force Base in Ankara. Turkey will then become the twelfth country worldwide capable to produce, test and launch its own satellites.

The Satellite Assembly and Integration Test Center UMET operated by the Turkish Aerospace Industries TAI will open in August with a grand ceremony and begin manufacture and testing of the TÜRKSAT 5A, 5B, and 5C using only national resources with the launches scheduled for 2015.

In July 2014, the Turkish Under secretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) had signed a contract with Rokestan, the country’s national manufacturer of missiles, to develop the Turkish Satellite Launch System (UFS).

Publishing Date: 05/08/2014
RASAT satellite was launched into space on 17 August 2011

The state scientific research institute of Turkey, TÜBITAK, has stated that the imagery received by Turkey’s RASAT satellite will be opened to the public through an online portal this year. This online portal is part of a project started by TÜBITAK’s Space Technologies Research Institute, TÜBITAK UZAY, which also participated in the design of the satellite itself.

RASAT satellite is Turkey’s first earth observation satellite, which was launched into space on 17 August 2011 from the Yasny Launch Base in southwestern Russia, bordering Kazakhstan. RASAT satellite has shot images of an area coming around 3.8 million kilometers to the date, that are already being used by several public institutions including the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

In this context, RASAT has already met the demands from public institutions, private firms and universities in 2013.

Publishing Date: 27/08/2013

The launch of Turkey's Earth Observation Satellite Göktürk-2 is scheduled for 19 December 2012, 18:13 Turkey time. Turkey’s first domestic observation satellite, Rasat, was successfully launched into space in August 2011. The second satellite Göktürk-2 has three times as high a resolution as the first one and is of a mass four times that of Rasat. It will be launched from the Jiuquan base in China, which is located in the Gobi desert near the border with Mongolia. Güktürk-2 was created by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The Göktürk-2 satellite aims to be used for the image requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces and as other institutions that require satellite images for agriculture, transportation and urban development with 2.5 meters of resolution.

Publishing Date: 12/12/2012

A total of 17 satellite programs are expected to come into orbit from 2012 to 2020. Over the next five years satellite contracts could amount to $2 billion, according to a space industry expert based in Turkey.

The Turkish government has devised an ambitious road map for the country’s multiple satellite programs through 2020. According to the road map, a total of 17 Turkish satellites will come into orbit from 2012 to 2020. A space industry expert based in Turkey said the next five years’ satellite contracts would amount to $2 billion. “This is a niche market with strong prospects due to Turkey’s genuine ambitions in space technology,” he said.

According to the road map, Turkey will this year launch the Göktürk II, an electro optical reconnaissance and observation satellite. Göktürk I as well as Türksat 4A, a communications satellite, will be launched in 2013. Türksat 4B will be launched in 2014 and Türksat 4R in 2015 along with the Göktürk III, a synthetic aperture... read more

Publishing Date: 31/01/2012

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Combatting Disaster in Arid Regions Using Space-Based and Geospatial Technologies

The objectives of the training were to explain the role of technology in disaster management; match data requirements to potential data sources; list major space agency partners and the platforms available for disaster management support; identify free resources for creating map products; identify stakeholders involved in disaster management and describe the customization of map products to...

Date of training: 18/02/2020 to 20/02/2020
Regional Support Offices mentioned:

Advisory Support

Taking advantage of the United Nations/ Turkey/ European Space Agency Workshop on “Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits” which was conducted in Istanbul, UN-SPIDER carried out an Expert Mission to Ankara to discuss additional activities and efforts including the potential establishment of a Regional Support Office (RSO) by Turksat and the conduction of a UN-SPIDER regional workshop for Western Asia.

Mission dates: 13/09/2010 to 18/09/2010


The 2017 EFDRR Open Forum will be hosted by the Government of Turkey from 26 to 28 March 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. As a requirement of the Sendai Framework, one of the intended outcomes of this Open Forum will be to compile experiences; lessons learnt and gap analyses to be presented during the 2017 Global Platform in Cancun, Mexico in May 2017. The Open Forum will be a unique opportunity to shape the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in Europe.

The main objectives of the EFDRR will be to contribution to transforming the commitment of governments and stakeholders made in Sendai during the WCDRR into national and local action; and to set the direction to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework.

To register, please go to: http://www.efdrrturkey.org/Registration

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.

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