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Japan funds radar replacement in Pakistan

Satallite image of the city of Karachi (Pakistan) on the Arabian Sea (Image: ESA)

The Japanese Government will support the replacement of the Karachi meteorological radar with 1.95 billion Yen (approximately 14.2 million Euros). This assistance belongs to a wider aid plan called National Multi Hazard Early Warning System Plan which was a part of the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) formulated through Japan’s assistance in 2012. This included the replacement of another weather radar in Islamabad and the installation of a Flood Forecasting System in conjunction with UNESCO.

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Mon, 13/07/2015 - 11:02

SUPARCO: Monitoring floods of Punjab rivers from space

Floods in Pakistan observed by ESA's Envisat satellite in 2010 (Image: ESA)

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan announced that all rivers of Punjab will be monitored by satellites operated by SUPARCO. The aim is to receive updated information of flow of water in rivers and nullahs in order to monitor floods.

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Fri, 26/06/2015 - 08:45

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Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan

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Floods in Pakistan: International Charter activated

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the floods.

Following heavy floods and landslides in Pakistan's Punjab and Kashmir provinces, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to provide satellite-based disaster maps. The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA.

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Mon, 15/09/2014 - 13:44

Pakistan: SUPARCO supports city planning using satellites

Islamabad, Pakistan seen from Space in 2003

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), which hosts one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices, will support the Pakistani Capital Development Authority (CDA) in preventing encroachments in Islamabad and improve urban planning and monitoring in Pakistan's capital. This was reported by the website The News.

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Tue, 24/12/2013 - 10:52

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SUPARCO and ISA hold joint workshop on space applications for disasters

UN-SPIDER RSO coordinators from Iran and Pakistan at the closing ceremony.
Workshop participants during cultural visit in Tehran.

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices in Iran (ISA) and Pakistan (SUPARCO) through Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET) jointly held a two week Workshop on Space Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management during 7-19 September 2013 at Iranian Space Agency (ISA) in Tehran, Iran. The workshop was attended by 28 scientists and researchers from ISNET member states who work in matters related to applications of space technology for disaster risk reduction and management particularly on early warning, prevention, response and mitigation.

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Mon, 30/09/2013 - 09:17

Pakistan: International Charter provides maps for strong earthquake

Damage created by the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 24 September 2013 to support emergency responders with satellite-based maps and products. A large and powerful earthquake struck the province of Balochistan, a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan, on the evening of 24 September 2013. The region is Pakistan's largest, but least populated province. Officials in the area report that major damage and loss of life has been averted due to the earthquake's location in a remote area.

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Wed, 25/09/2013 - 10:33

Pakistan: International Charter activated for widespread flooding

 Flooding in the Punjab and Sindh Province's of Pakistan

On 22 August 2013, UNITAR/UNOSAT requested the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters to support Pakistan in its emergency response to the widespread flooding that is affecting the country. Monsoon rains that started in early August have lead to flooding in the Punjab and Sindh Province's of Pakistan, affecting over 1 million people and causing the death of about 130.

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Thu, 22/08/2013 - 14:36

Pakistan: First National Disaster Management Plan approved

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Pakistan Floods

Earlier this year, Pakistan has approved its first National Disaster Management Plan. The highly disaster-prone country seeks to improve and build on existing infrastructure in order to support emergency assistance. An earlier flood risk management program in the Lai Nullah Basin had become a great success, reducing flood damage in this region dramatically. With this accomplishment in mind, Ahmed Kamal, a Pakistani official and co-formulator of the plan, was convinced that these efforts could be expanded to the whole country.

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Thu, 04/04/2013 - 07:48

UNOOSA/Pakistan Workshop on Space Technologies for Food and Water Security

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) jointly organized the United Nations/Pakistan International Workshop on Integrated Use of Space Technologies for Food and Water Security. The Workshop took place from 11 to 16 March 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Workshop participants discussed how space tools could contribute to sustainable economic and social development programmes supporting food security and water management, primarily in developing countries, with the following objectives:

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Tue, 19/03/2013 - 09:05

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