Apply now: United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information for flood and drought risk reduction

This year’s Expert Meeting in Bonn will focus on droughts and floods.
This year’s Expert Meeting in Bonn will focus on droughts and floods. (Here: Floods in Mozambique in 2013)
Image Credits: NASA

UN-SPIDER is pleased to announce its United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information for flood and drought risk reduction scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, on 5 and 6 June 2014. The application form for participation is now available. The deadline for application is 22 April 2014

This year’s United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information for flood and drought risk reduction will focus on the use of space technologies to improve Disaster risk reduction. Floods and droughts will serve as examples for hazard types that have recently affected countries around the globe.

The main objective of the expert meeting is to promote the use of space-based applications to assess and to manage flood and drought risks.

Expected outcomes include:

  • Recommendations for the improvement of flood and drought risk management through the use of space based information;
  • Elements to contribute to the Post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) and to sustainable development;
  • Elements to contribute to the upcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to take place in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.

These outcomes will feed into UN-SPIDER’s outreach activities, capacity building, Knowledge Portal, and Technical Advisory Support.

Taking into consideration the limited financial resources available for this expert meeting, a number of qualified applicants from developing countries, who have expressed the need for financial support, will be offered financial support to attend the expert meeting. This may include the provision of a round-trip air ticket between Bonn and the applicant’s international airport of departure or daily subsistence allowances to cover board and lodging for the duration of the Expert meeting.