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The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, held a workshop on Vulnerability Mapping in conjunction with USAID/East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project between August 10 and 14 in Entebbe, Uganda. The participants came from the East African Community (EAC) member states: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

During the training, participants were able to learn how to create regional risk maps, identify each country’s least and most vulnerable zones and infer the factors behind the mapping results. These vulnerability hotspot maps offer information about climate change effects in order to develop and support adaptation plans for communities, governments, and landscapes.

PREPARED has been actively collaborating with the East African Community Climate Change Technical Working Group and RCMRD is an…

Publishing date 18/08/2015

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, conducted a flood forecasting training in Uganda from 7 to 10 July and a technical training to support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in Zambia from 8 to 11 July.

During the flood forecasting training in Uganda, RCMRD collaborated with the Directorate of Water Resource Management from the Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda and other stakeholders to develop and implement CREST (Coupled Routing and Excess Storage) in different areas in Uganda with the support of the SERVIR program.

The workshop addressed issues concerning requirements and implementation of the CREST model and how to empower stakeholders.

The technical training conducted in Zambia to support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), brought together representatives of 12 institutions including government ministries and departments, parastatals and academic…

Publishing date 22/07/2015

This week, more than 250 delegates from East African countries are gathering for a regional conference on broadband and satellite communication for East Africa.

The five-day meeting from 15 to 19 April 2013 is taking place in Kampala, Uganda and has the theme "Strategy for Broadband Access to All in East Africa". It is organised by the Ministry of ICT, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), International Telecommunications Organisation (ITSO), and the East African Communications Organisation (EACO).

The event is the first of its kind for the East African region. The objectives of the conference are to build capacities in the region regarding broadband communication and to highlight the importance of satellite communication for the socio-economic development in East Africa.

Publishing date 17/04/2013

Telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union are jointly developing an early warning system that will provide public alerts to people in case of disaster prediction, detection and mitigation.
According to the UCC executive director Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi, in light of the recent natural and man-made disasters in Uganda, great attention and effort has been directed towards the application of ICTs, hence the need to develop an early warning system. Mutabazi said this last week while handing over 10 satellite phones to the ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees to ease communication as evacuation efforts are still going on in Uganda's Bulambuli district that was affected by mudslide early in the month.
UCC contacted the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the emergency communications equipment to assist in the management of relief services.

Publishing date 12/09/2011

11 November 2009 - UN-SPIDER visited Kenya and Uganda from 21 to 30 October 2009 to attend the GEOSS workshop and the AfricaGIS 2009 conference, as well as to establish a network between UN-SPIDER, UN-agencies and Government offices in Kenya.

UN-SPIDER presented their activities in Africa to the Kenya Humanitarian Forum, which generating greater awareness among the over 45 UN and Government officials who gathered to discuss contingency plans. Further, this meeting strengthened the link with local UN Offices to implement further activities such as Technical Advisory Missions (TAMs) and providing support during crisis response situations. UN-SPIDER visited the Rift valley provincial Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) platform in Nakuru City, in-charge of 68 districts, which is often affected by landslides and draughts. The visit's outcome identified the need for closer…

Publishing date 12/11/2009

We cordially invite you to participate in the 11th AARSE International Conference, which will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 24th to 28th October 2016. The conference is timely and has been designed to harness geospatial technologies to address the post -2015 global development agenda. Therefore, the issues in the AR5 IPCC report, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the expected SDG’s, the envisaged new climate change agreements and how they impinge on Africa’s development pathways and the world at large will be firmly addressed in a broader sense by AARSE2016 conference.

The AARSE2016 conference is expected to bring together about 700 global delegates entailing scientists, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, technology developers/experts and business entities from various interdisciplinary fields of geo-information science, hazard and disaster science, humanitarian assistance,…