The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) exists to provide efficient and reliable meteorological information by collecting, processing, archiving Analysing and dissemination of findings/meteorological information to end users.
The Forestry Commission of Ghana is responsible for the regulation of utilization of forest and wildlife resources, the conservation and management of those resources and the coordination of policies related to them. The Commission embodies the various public bodies and agencies that were individually implementing the functions of protection, management, the regulation of forest and wildlife resources.
The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) was established in 1945 and charged with the responsibility of planning and management of growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the country. It therefore seeks to promote sustainable human settlements development based on principles of efficiency, orderliness, safety and healthy growth of communities.
The Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services started as a Remote Sensing Laboratory set up in 1990 by the University of Ghana and located in the Department of Geography and Resource Development to teach and to conduct research.
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 other support services to farmers, processors and traders for improved livelihood.
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.
Mon, 25/11/2013 to Fri, 29/11/2013
National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)
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.
The mission was conducted through visits to different national and international institutions and organisations involved in disaster risk management, emergencyresponse and the use of satellitedata. 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.
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
National SpatialData Infrastructure (NSDI) is already on the agernda of relevant authorities and organisations in Ghana
There is a need for an permanent operational Geographic Information unit for disaster response, with 24/7 alertness capacity
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.
Prioritize the potential of space based information and geospatial data at policy making level
Establish a centrally organised National Spatial Data Infrastructure to support the work of NADMO
Raise awareness of the availability of satellite imagery, e.g. through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters
From 25 to 29 November 2013, UN-SPIDER carried out a five-day Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana in order to assess the current state and the potential of using
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UN-SPIDER carried out a five-day Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana, in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in the country from 25 to 29 November 2013.
Ghana, is mainly exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. The drought in 1983 impacted more than 12 million inhabitants, while the flood in July 1991 impacted two million inhabitants. Taking advantage of the AARSE conference which was organized by UNOOSA in Accra, Ghana, UN-SPIDER conducted a technical meeting with the National Disaster Management Office to promote the use of space-based information in disaster-risk management and emergencyresponse activities.
Sun, 26/10/2008 to Wed, 29/10/2008
Martin Raitelhuber, UN-SPIDER
The mission included a meeting with the National Disaster Management Office (NADMO) and was attended by representatives from NASRDA’s (UN-SPIDER RSO in Nigeria), RECTAS, and the OCHA Regional Office for West Africa. At the meeting, the current status of use of space-based information at NADMO was discussed and possible next steps discussed, among them a visit of NADMO staff to NEMA/NASRDA or vice-versa, a technical advisory mission to Ghana, and a sub-regional workshop.
The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to establish contact with NADMO and to discuss potential ways to support this institution in the future. NADMO also benefitted from becoming aware of the UN-SPIDER programme, the activities it conducts and the type of technical advisory support that it can provide.