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Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana's Mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and thriving agribusiness through research and technology development, effective extension and othe

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Ghana - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 25/11/2013 - Fri, 29/11/2013
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Mission details
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 Team: 
The mission team comprised ten experts from various institutions including UNOOSA, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), MetOffice UK, National Disaster Risk Reduction of China (NDRCC), Secure World Foundation and the University of Free State.
Mission Profile: 
The mission was conducted through visits to different national and international institutions and organisations involved in disaster risk management, emergency response and the use of satellite data. These included various governmental departments and ministries. Additionally, UN-SPIDER organised a national workshop on 28 November 2014. More than 40 stakeholders from academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations were introduced to applications of remote sensing for disaster risk management including flood mapping. They were also informed about existing international mechanisms such as the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" that make available satellite information for support emergency response as well as on NADMO's role in the coordination of disaster management in Ghana. Various group discussions allowed participants to exchange on the current and potential use of space-based technology and the role for disaster management in each organisation. The mission was wrapped up with a debriefing of NADMO staff and its national coordinator presenting main observations and recommendations made by the mission team.
Mission Findings: 
<ul><li>Disaster Management Plan and Contingency Plans are in place but the crucial role of geospatial information needs to be enhanced. The National Disaster Management Authority recently started to build capacity for working with geospatial information </li> <li>National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is already on the agernda of relevant authorities and organisations in Ghana</li> <li>There is a need for an permanent operational Geographic Information unit for disaster response, with 24/7 alertness capacity</li> <li>Ghana already has a great national as well as regional capacity on Space technologies and geospatial information. This support should be used for improvements in the use of space-based information for disaster management.</li></ul>
Mission Recommendations: 
<ul><li>Prioritize the potential of space based information and geospatial data at policy making level</li> <li>Establish a centrally organised National Spatial Data Infrastructure to support the work of NADMO </li> <li>Raise awareness of the availability of satellite imagery, e.g. through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters</li> <li>Explore the use of open source Geographic Information System/Remote Sensing software </li> <li>Make use of existing international partners: ITC, FEMA, Universities, UN-SPIDER</li></ul>

Satellites show effects of long-term drought on the Congo rainforest

The studies analyzed the "greenness" of the Congo rainforest

A new analysis of data derived from various satellite sensors shows that Congo's rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has suffered from long-term drought over the past t

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Publishing Date: 
Tue, 29/04/2014 - 10:04
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1.44175
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Kenya: Call for Experts for UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission

Flooded Galana River in southeastern Kenya in May 2012

At the invitation of the Government of Kenya, the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a

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Thu, 12/12/2013 - 08:23
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-1.29207
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36.8219

National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO)

In the 1980's, it was observed that the number of disasters and their impacts were increasing world - wide.

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7.94653
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Somalia affected by unusual tropical cyclone

Tropical Cyclone 3A is just the fifth storm to strike the country since 1966

Somalia experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history when on November 10–11, 2013, Tropical Cyclone 3A moved over Puntland causing flash floods that according to news reports l

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Thu, 14/11/2013 - 13:14
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5.15215
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46.1996

Mozambique - Training Course

In 2012, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Mozambique in order to assess existing disaster and risk reduction activities as well as policies and plans with regard to the use of

Date: 
04/11/2013 - 08/11/2013
Title of Training: 
Disaster Mapping using Space Technologies
Trainers: 
Experts from the University of Cologne and the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne (both in Germany), National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) and from UN-SPIDER (Vienna and Beijing).
Target Group: 
Eight organizations in Mozambique that are involved in data management of disasters, under which National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the national Centre of Cartography and Remote Sensing (CENACARTA), National Institute of Meteorology (IIAM) and two Universities (Mozambique Technical University and Eduardo Mondlane University).
Training Profile: 
<p>Topics covered in the training course included the use of remote sensing techniques for flood forecasting and flood detection, drought monitoring, rapid mapping of disasters and GIS techniques to evaluate the impact of disasters on the population.</p> <p>The participants were actively involved in the processing of digital elevation models, rainfall data, satellite imagery and geographic data on infrastructure, utilities and population. The training took place at a computer laboratory of the Eduardo Mondlane University, one year after the mission team of a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission in 2012 had evaluated the current and potential use of space-based information for disaster management in Mozambique.</p>
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Eduardo Mondlane University

The Eduardo Mondlane University (Portuguese: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) is the oldest and largest university in Mozambique. The UEM is located in Maputo and has about 27,000 students.

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Mozambique: UN-SPIDER/UNDP organize Workshop on Disaster Mapping

Participants of the UN-SPIDER training course "Disaster Mapping"

From 4 to 8 November 2013, eight organizations in Mozambique were trained on “Disaster mapping using space technology”.

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Fri, 08/11/2013 - 10:26
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-25.9667
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Official launch of AfriGEOSS at AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14

During the AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14, held this week in Addis Abeba, AfriGEOSS was launched on 5 November 2013.

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Wed, 06/11/2013 - 09:59
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