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SERVIR programme in Kenya provides EO data to help financial aid reach farmers more efficiently

Crops in Kenya. Image: RCMRD.

A variety of environmental and man-made factors can have a detrimental effect on the yield of farmers worldwide. A programme launched in Kenya, funded by SERVIR in collaboration with NASA Harvest and the Swiss Re Foundation, uses Earth observation (EO) data to assess crop damage and prioritise the mobilisation of financial aid to farmers.

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Virtual technical advisory support to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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Mon, 19/10/2020

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The UN-SPIDER mission was scheduled to take place in Savannakhet Province from 11 to 15 May 2020. The purpose of the mission was to offer technical advisory support with a view to improving disaster risk management, early warning systems, emergency response and institutional capacity. However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission has been postponed and a virtual format through which to deliver the mission’s objectives is being sought. 

A high-level technical advisory meeting was conducted on 19 October 2020 and was attended by the Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the Economic, Technology and Environment Committee of National Assembly, the Vice-Governor of Savannakhet Province and other senior officials. Representatives of two 

UN-SPIDER regional support offices, the International Water Management Institute and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre also attended the meeting.

As a follow up, a joint project proposal between UN-SPIDER regional support offices and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic will be prepared for flood and drought monitoring, early warning for disaster preparedness and the building of resilience among smallholder farmers.

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Introduction to UN-SPIDER resources for flood and drought mapping

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The Federal University of Santa Maria of Brazil (UFSM), in its role as a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO), and UN-SPIDER joined forces to conduct a virtual seminar on the use of the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices to process satellite imagery to map the geographic extent of floods, and to elaborate a series of maps that allow government agencies, as well as regional and international organizations, to assess the severity of droughts in particular years in comparison to droughts in other years.

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04/08/2020

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UN-SPIDER, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) of Brazil

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Innovative tools and measures for robust drought risk management in the context of pandemic crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic is compounding the impact of drought, which is already affecting more lives than ever with serious impact on health, the economy and the environment.

Droughts cannot be avoided but their impact can be mitigated by adopting a pro-active approach to drought risk management. In this webinar, a special focus will be given to innovative tools and measures, including monitoring and early warning systems, vulnerability assessment and risk mitigation measures, in the context of the current pandemic.

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23/09/2020

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UNEP-DHI Centre on Water and Environment

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UNCCD, FAO

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UN-SPIDER Updates August 2020

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Tue, 01/09/2020
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Drought and flood in Mozambique

2008 drought and 2019 flood in Central Mozambique

Prepared by S. Pardi Lacruz and M. de Araujo Sousa Jr. 

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UNESCAP publishes report on protecting the most vulnerable from climate extremes and COVID-19 in South Asia

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a policy study concerning the impending climate risk scenarios in South Asia and their intersection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this report is to facilitate policy actions that could protect communities at risk as well as to lay the foundations of resilient recovery of the most vulnerable in South Asia. 

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'Is this drought normal? How EO data can help you understand drought hazard and benchmark your risk' Webinar

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The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Climate Resilience Cluster is hosting a free webinar to provide insight about the potential of Earth Observation (EO) to support climate-resilient decision making at the regional and national scale.

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09/07/2020

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The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Climate Resilience Cluster 

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Ethiopia - Institutional Strengthening Mission

Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutional Strengthening Mission to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August 2019 to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, met a wide range of stakeholders in the country to identify how space-based information is currently used in the context of disaster management and drought monitoring in particular, and to make recommendations as to how to further strengthen the use of space technologies in these areas.

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Mon, 26/08/2019 to Fri, 30/08/2019

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Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI)

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A team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office

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As part of the week-long mission, UN-SPIDER and the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) convened a national workshop on “Drought Monitoring, Forecasting and Prediction in Ethiopia Using Satellite-driven and In-situ-based Measured Products”. The goal of the workshop was to discuss the establishment of a drought monitoring and prediction center in Ethiopia in order to develop integrated meteorological, hydrological and agricultural drought forecasting services. It also seeked to strengthen scientific networking in the research areas of drought and capitalize on Ethiopia’s effort to utilize space products for combating recurrent drought of the country. The workshop brought together nearly 40 participants from a wide range of national and international institutions addressing questions related to monitoring of natural hazards; space and geospatial information; risk and disaster management; and agriculture and food security.

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Introductory Webinar: Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications

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This four-part introductory webinar will focus on data products, data access, and case-studies demonstrating how remote sensing data can be used for decision-making among the agriculture and food security communities.

This training will address how to use remote sensing data for agriculture monitoring, specifically drought and crop monitoring. The webinar will also provide end-users the ability to evaluate which regions of the world agricultural productivity is above or below long-term trends. This informs decisions pertaining to market stability and humanitarian relief.

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14/04/2020 to 05/05/2020

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Sun, 24/05/2020

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NASA ARSET

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