Hazard map and exposed elements
Hazard map depicting exposed elements
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Hazard map depicting exposed elements
To continue strengthening the capacity of the General Directorate for Civil Protection of the Niger to use space-based information to respond to floods in the country, and at the request of the Director of the National Civil Protection Directorate of the Niger, UN-SPIDER carried out a second online training course on flood mapping with Sentinel-1 radar imagery in Google Earth Engine. A total of 36 participants from the Directorate, the National Civil Protection Academy and other government agencies, as well as from the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, took part in the training course, which was held on 11 and 12 August.
Training participants were introduced to the basic principles of radar remote sensing, learned to use the relevant recommended practices, explored the process with selected case studies and presented the results in geographic information systems as flood maps.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) presents all non-state actors with the possibility to engage in the follow-up and implementation of the Sendai Framework. The conference will be on the next 27th of March 2023 at Ge
An introductory meeting to support Afghanistan was carried out on 26 January 2021 under the auspices of the Office of the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs. The meeting focused on understanding policy, institutional coordination, current capacity and supportive legislation related to the use of geospatial information for disaster preparedness, early warning, response and recovery. The information captured during the meeting was used for identifying priorities that resulted in offering advocacy on drought monitoring in Afghanistan in the period from January to May.
On 21 May 2021, the Office of the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs and UN-SPIDER conducted a virtual thematic meeting with key stakeholder agencies on the theme “Assessing drought and water resource conservation using Earth observation”. The meeting was conducted in collaboration with two regional support offices of UN-SPIDER, namely, Delta State University and the International Water Management Institute.
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.
UN-SPIDER has been a supporting Mongolia since it undertook a technical advisory mission in 2014. Following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN-SPIDER offered the National Emergency Management Agency the services of a national consultant in order to facilitate the use of space-based information in disaster management. Such support was offered for five months in 2020 and for four months in 2021.
During the period, three capacity-building programmes were carried out with officials from various stakeholder agencies and provincial offices of the National Emergency Management Agency. The national consultant supported the strengthening of the Platform for Real-time Impact and Situation Monitoring, which was developed by the World Food Programme and the Agency. The consultant also assisted the Agency in undertaking the training programme that was a prerequisite for becoming an authorized user of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.
In 2021 Paraguay has been experiencing severe agricultural and hydrological droughts, which have contributed to severe forest fires. At the request of the Paraguayan Space Agency, in October ZFL prepared more than 490 maps of the standard vegetation index covering the period from April 2000 to June 2021. These maps were provided to the Agency for subsequent use.
In Malawi, in order to raise awareness regarding the use of UN-SPIDER recommended practices, more than 490 maps of the standard vegetation index were created in July, covering the period from April 2000 to June 2021. Those maps were created by ZFL. In addition, a map of areas flooded in March 2019 was developed. The maps were presented to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi and to the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi.