Technical Advisory Missions

A Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) serves to explore a Member State's capacity to fully take advantage of space-based information. As an inter-institutional fact-finding mission, it is officially requested by the respective national government and is carried out by a team of experts that UN-SPIDER gathers. Typically, TAMs are one-week long missions. The expert team meets with key disaster management and development authorities in the Government, United Nations organizations, regional and international organizations/initiatives and private entrepreneurs to discuss the use of space-based information for risk and disaster management in depth and to subsequently make recommendations on improvements.

2020

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At the request of, and in coordination with the National Civil Protection Office of Tunisia, UN-SPIDER is conducting a Technical Advisory Mission to Tunisia from 4 to 6 March 2020 to identify the needs of the country to fully take advantage of space-based information for disaster management. In order to discuss the use of space-based information for risk and disaster management to subsequently make recommendations on improvements, the expert team meets with key disaster management authorities in the country.

The mission is conducted with the support of experts from the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL); the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA); the United Nations Economic... Read more

Host Institution: National Office for Civil Protection (ONPC), Ministry of the Interior of Tunisia
Mission dates: 04/03/2020 to 06/03/2020

2019

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As part of it advisory support activities, UN-SPIDER is carrying out out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Peru from 1 to 5 April to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all aspects of disaster management. Based on exchanges with a wide range of stakeholders, UN-SPIDER will provide recommendations as to how to strengthen the use of space-based information in disaster risk management and emergency response in the country.

Host Institution: National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) of Peru and National Commission of Aerospace Research and Development of Peru (CONIDA).

Mission dates: 01/04/2019 to 05/04/2019

2017

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At the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and with the technical support of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Nepal to evaluate the current and potential use of space based information in all aspects of disaster management and offering recommendations to strengthen disaster risk management and emergency... Read more

Host Institution: Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA)
Mission dates: 31/07/2017 to 04/08/2017

2015

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Honduras is exposed to a variety of hazards including tropical storms, hurricanes, droughts, floods, landslides, and tsunamis. In recent years Honduras has implemented a series of policies, strategies and activities to incorporate the notions of disaster risk management from the national to the local level. The State has increased the mandate of the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) to implement necessary actions to prevent and eliminate the country’s related to natural hazards. At the request of COPECO, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Honduras... Read more

Host Institution: Permanent Contingencies Commission: (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias, COPECO)


Mission dates: 13/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
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Host Institution: Ministry of Science and Technology
Mission dates: 06/07/2015 to 10/07/2015

2014

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At the request of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Government of Mongolia, UN-SPIDER supported NEMA and stakeholders organisations in strengthening disaster risk management and emergency... Read more

Host Institution: National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Mission dates: 11/08/2014 to 15/08/2014
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At the request of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Home and Civil Affairs (MoHCA), Royal Government of Bhutan, UN-SPIDER organized a Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in Bhutan and to strengthen all aspects of disaster risk management and emergency... Read more

Host Institution: Department of Disaster Management (DDM)
Mission dates: 02/06/2014 to 06/06/2014
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UN-SPIDER and its team of experts carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zambia from 26 to 30 May 2014. The TAM was conducted upon invitation of the Office of the Vice-President, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).

Mission dates: 26/05/2014 to 30/05/2014
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Recognizing the fact that El Salvador is a country exposed to a variety of natural hazards, the UN-SPIDER Programme conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to this country with the aim of promoting the use of satellite technologies in the context of disaster risks and emergencies in April 2014. The mission was carried out upon request of Secretariat for Issues of the Presidency of the Republic of the El Salvador.

Host Institution: Secretariat for Vulnerability Issues of the Presidency of El Salvador and the General Directorate for Civil Protection
Mission dates: 02/04/2014 to 04/04/2014
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Kenya experiences a number of natural hazards, the most common being weather related, including floods, droughts, landslides, lightening/thunderstorms, wild fires, and strong winds. In the recent past these hazards have increased in number, frequency and complexity. UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster and disaster risk... Read more

Host Institution: National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) and National Space Secretariat (NSS)
Mission dates: 01/03/2014 to 08/03/2014

2013

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Ghana is exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. In order to assess the potential to use Space-based information effectively to respond to or to prevent these events, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to this Western African country. The mission was conducted upon invitation of the government of Ghana and follows up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Mission carried out in October 2008.

Host Institution: National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)
Mission dates: 25/11/2013 to 29/11/2013
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Malawi is a country frequently affected by floods, epidemics and droughts. In October 2013, a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission was carried out upon the request of the Government in Malawi in order to assess how the country could improve its disaster risk management and emergency... Read more

Host Institution: Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA)
Mission dates: 14/10/2013 to 18/10/2013
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At the request of the Government of Vietnam, through the Disaster Management Centre, Directorate of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Vietnam to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management in Vietnam and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as... Read more

Host Institution: Disaster Management Center (DMC)
Mission dates: 25/03/2013 to 29/03/2013

2012

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Mozambique is exposed to weather-related hazards such as floods, droughts, and storms, which include tropical cyclones. As much as 25% of the population is at risk from natural hazards. The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and UNDP Mozambique requested UN-SPIDER to carry out a Technical Advisory Mission from 8 to 12 October 2012. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and to evaluate existing disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies and to facilitate access of national institutions to space-based information to support tasks contemplated in the full cycle... Read more

Host Institution: Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) and UNDP Mozambique
Mission dates: 08/10/2012 to 12/10/2012
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At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012. The goal was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of Disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as... Read more

Host Institution: National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)
Mission dates: 24/09/2012 to 28/09/2012
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At the request of the Government of Cape Verde, the UN-SPIDER Programme carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Cape Verde to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the county by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as ... Read more

Host Institution: National Civil Protection Service (SNPC)
Mission dates: 29/07/2012 to 03/08/2012
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Tonga is frequently affected by earthquakes, volcanoes, cyclones and other coastal hazards such as storm surges. As a Small Island Developing State, Tonga is also experiencing the impacts of sea-level rise. The UN-SPIDER Programme supported the Kingdom of Tonga by carrying out a Technical Advisory Mission, at the request of the Tongan Government through the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources.

Host Institution: Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources
Mission dates: 20/03/2012 to 23/03/2012
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The Republic of Myanmar is exposed to multiple natural hazards which include storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and forest fires. In 2008 tropical cyclone Nargis devastated much of the coastal areas of the country. At the request of Ministry for Social Welfare of Myanmar, a Joint Technical Advisory Mission was organized by UNOCHA and led by UN-SPIDER. The aim of the mission was to identify ways and means to integrate high-end technological advances, especially space applications to enhance the disaster-risk management capacity of the Government.

Host Institution: Ministry of Social Welfare of Myanmar
Mission dates: 19/03/2012 to 23/03/2012

2011

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On 26 December 2004, Sri Lanka was impacted by the Indian Ocean-wide tsunami. The impacts of the disaster triggered a national effort to introduce disaster management as a key priority. At the invitation of the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka and its associated Disaster Management Centre (DMC), UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and to evaluate existing disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies.

Host Institution: The Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka
Mission dates: 17/10/2011 to 21/10/2011
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Bangladesh is exposed to floods due to cyclones and monsoons, droughts, landslides and storm surges. To reduce the impacts of these events, Bangladesh has incorporated disaster-risk reduction and... Read more

Host Institution: Department of Relief and Rehabilitation
Mission dates: 19/06/2011 to 23/06/2011
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The Government of Nigeria through its National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA) requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission to assess the use of space-based information in disaster management in Nigeria and to identify areas of improvement in the access to this kind of information and in the capacities of working with it.

Host Institution: National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA)
Mission dates: 13/06/2011 to 17/06/2011
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Cameroon is exposed to floods in the far north, landslides in the western mountainous regions and to carbon dioxide emissions from the bottom of Lake Nyos likely to cause explosions. Between 1980 and 2010, Cameroon witnessed nearly 40 significant disasters which, according to official figures, killed 4,931 people, affected 272,180 others and caused economic damage in the range of millions of dollars. The Government of Cameroon requested a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to assess the potential of space-based information in responding to these hazards.

Host Institution: Department of Civil Protection (DPC) of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization
Mission dates: 06/06/2011 to 10/06/2011
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Sudan is exposed to droughts, some of them triggering famines and displacements. Sudan is also exposed to floods along the Nile river, sand storms and heat stress. At the invitation of the Government of Sudan and taking into consideration an ever-increasing potential for natural disasters and the effects of climate change, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Sudan. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and evaluate disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies.

Host Institution: The Sudanese Remote Sensing Authority
Mission dates: 22/05/2011 to 26/05/2011

2010

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Guatemala is exposed to a variety of hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts, landslides forest fires. In the context of space-based information, Guatemala requested the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters during tropical storm Agatha and the eruption of Pacaya volcano in June 2010 through UN-SPIDER, CONAE and USGS. At the request of the National Secretariat for... Read more

Host Institution: The National Secretariat for Planning and Programming of the Presidency (SEGEPLAN)
Mission dates: 22/11/2010 to 26/11/2010
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The Republic of Maldives consists of a chain of coral atolls. The extremely low level of these islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise. They are exposed to multiple natural hazards such as storms, heavy rains and sea level rise associated hazards. The National Disaster Management Centre was established after a devastating tsunami in December 2004. At the invitation from the Government of the Republic of Maldives, UN-SPIDER experts assessed national capacities and evaluated disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to space-based... Read more

Host Institution: The State Minister and Chief Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Centre
Mission dates: 18/04/2010 to 22/04/2010
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The Dominican Republic is exposed to tropical storms and hurricanes that may trigger floods and storm surges. In addition, it is exposed to earthquakes that can trigger tsunamis. In 2002 the Dominican Republic enacted the Law 147-02, which incorporates the establishment of an inter-institutional System for... Read more

Host Institution: The National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the National Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (SEREX)
Mission dates: 26/01/2010 to 29/01/2010

2009

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Due to its geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is particularly susceptible to multiple hazards such as floods, storm surges, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. This has encouraged the country to adopt the “Vision 2030 Jamaica” which clearly indicates Jamaica’s desire to become more risk-resilient. It is along these lines that the Office of Disaster... Read more

Host Institution: Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)
Mission dates: 02/12/2009 to 04/12/2009
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The Republic of the Fiji Islands is made up of approximately 330 tiny islands - of which roughly 100 are inhabited - encompassing about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is exposed to a variety of hazards including tropical cyclones which trigger both floods and storm surges, as well as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, drought, and other coastal hazards. In the aftermath of the cyclone and floods in December and January 2009, the Government of Fiji requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission.

Host Institution: National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)
Mission dates: 30/11/2009 to 03/12/2009
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Ecuador is exposed to a variety of geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards, including many active volcanoes. In addition, it is exposed to climatic events such as El Niño and La Niña. At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Integration (MRECI), UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Ecuador. The mission aimed to identify strengths and weaknesses regarding the access to and subsequent use of space-based information in activities carried out in all phases of the... Read more

Host Institution: National Secretariat for Risk Management (SNGR) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Integration of Ecuador (MRECI)
Mission dates: 03/10/2009 to 08/10/2009
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The Republic of Togo is prone to frequent floods and droughts. Locust plagues contribute to endangering the food security of the local population. In addition, vector borne diseases and epidemics of weather- and climate-sensitive infectious diseases cause massive disruption to societies. At the invitation of the Government of Togo, a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission was requested to identify potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role, and propose recommendations how to improve Togo's access to these resources.

Host Institution: Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources
Mission dates: 14/07/2009 to 17/07/2009
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Namibia is characterized by recurrent droughts. However, in January 2009 some of the worst floods ever recorded affected northern Namibia, to the extent that the Namibian government declared a state of emergency. UN-SPIDER facilitated the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" as well as the access to data. Following this event, the Government of Namibia requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission and to... Read more

Host Institution: The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry under Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF)
Mission dates: 27/01/2009 to 02/02/2009

2008

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Burkina Faso is exposed to a variety of hydro meteorological hazards including floods and droughts. Global climate change, vector-borne diseases and locust plagues aggravate this situation. Taking this into consideration, the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development of Burkina Faso requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to assess and advice on the use of space-based technology and information to support efforts targeting... Read more

Host Institution: National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development
Mission dates: 17/11/2008 to 21/11/2008
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