Virtual technical advisory support to Sri Lanka

UN-SPIDER has been supporting Sri Lanka since its technical advisory mission in 2011. In 2020, UN-SPIDER offered the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka the services of a national consultant for five months, and those services were continued in 2021, from September to December. The consultant organized the data collected from various stakeholders to demonstrate its utility in the monitoring of targets under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. Support was also offered to establish approaches for monitoring forest fires and burn severity mapping and drought monitoring. The systems were developed using open-source satellite images and software tools. UN-SPIDER facilitated the nomination of two officers from the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka to undertake a nine-month postgraduate diploma course in remote sensing and geographic information systems at the Centre for Space, Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific.