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University of Nairobi (UON) - Department of Geology

The Department of Geology of the University of Nairobi offers B.Sc., B.Ed. Science (Geology option), B.Sc. & B.Ed. (Science) by Open and Distance Learning, B.Sc.

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-1.29973
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36.7616

Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS)

The main functions of the Kenya Meteorological Service include:

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-1.29973
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36.7616

Kenya Defence Force (KDF)

The mission of the Kenya Defence Forces is to defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic, assist and cooperate with other authorities in situations of emergency or

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-1.28835
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36.8138

Kenya National Space Secretariat (NSS)

The National Space Secretariat, under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary, coordinates all space related activities in the Country.

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-1.28835
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36.8138

Kenya National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC)

The National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) of Kenya was established in January 1998 by an act of Parliament to act as the focal point for co-ordinating response to emergencies and disasters in

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-1.28835
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36.8138

Kenya - Technical Advisory Mission

Dates: 
Sat, 01/03/2014 - Sat, 08/03/2014
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Forest Fire
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Mission details
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 management.
Host Institution: 
National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) and National Space Secretariat (NSS)
Mission Team: 
<p>The mission team was comprised of nine international experts:<p> <p>Mr. Coen Bussink (UN-SPIDER, Vienna), Ms. Longfei Liu (UN-SPIDER, Beijing), Ms. Leslie Armstrong (U.S. Geological Survey), Mr.Ned Dwyer (Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork, Ireland), Mr. Gabriel Yesuf (Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys, Nigeria), Mr. Andries Jordaan (University of the Free State, South Africa), Mr. Franck Ranera (Airbus Defence and Space, France), Mr. Michael Hagenlocher (University of Salzburg’s Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, Austria), Mr. Wu Wei (National Disaster reduction Centre of China, China).<p>
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission team met with 19 national and international institutions based in Kenya. These meetings provided insight in the role of each organisation in disaster management and in the use of space-based and geospatial information in the country. In addition, the team organized a one-day workshop on the premises of UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office RCMRD, which was attended by over 50 participants from the academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations. </p> <p>The workshop included presentations by NDOC, NSS, RCMRD and by all experts of the TAM team. Group discussions were held inviting the participants to think about the current and potential use of space technologies in disaster management. The workshop was effective in generating awareness about possible applications of space-based technology and the potential for cooperation between different agencies.</p> <p>On the last day of the mission, the TAM team provided a briefing on the findings of the mission to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of Kenya. </p> <p>The observations and recommendations will be compiled in the form of the report that will be presented to the Government and could be used for the drafting of the National Policy for Disaster Risk Management.</p>
Mission Findings: 
<ul><li>There is a good basis for a Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure</li> <li>There is a number of strong early warning systems using geospatial data, especially drought and floods in specific areas</li> <li>Excellent capacity in using up to date earth observation data and geographic data within several institutions</li> <li>Kenya has strong capacity for working with geospatial information, but the use could be optimized</li> <li>There is a need for capacity building</li> <li>Not all agencies use satellite-based communication/navigation technology</li></ul>
Mission Recommendations: 
<ul><li>Disaster management and contingency plans can benefit from the incorporation of space-based and geospatial information</li> <li>Cooperation and sharing of data and information between institutions could be strengthened</li> <li>A National Spatial Data Infrastructure is an important step to increase the generation and use of spatial data</li> <li>Focal points and role of institutions in the use of international mechanisms (International Charter, Copernicus GIO Emergency Management Service) for acquiring Earth Observation data/products should be clarified in order to access these resources</li> <li>Simulation exercises or drills provide an opportunity to identify current strengths and shortcomings</li> <li>Awareness raising at decision-making level could be useful</li> <li>Ensure adequate management of data and metadata within relevant institutions </li> <li>Institutions that need to strengthen their capacities could take advantage of knowledge in local universities and public institutions</li><li>Conduct training courses to strengthen the skills of staff in GIS Units, including courses focusing on applications of remote sensing for disaster-risk assessment and emergency response</li></ul>

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kenya

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

RCMRD: East African Global Land Cover Workshop

Vegetation map of Eastern Africa during the severe drought of 2011

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Kenya, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), hosted the East African Global Land Cover Workshop from 10 to 14 March 2014.

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Publishing Date: 
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 10:44
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-1.29207
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36.8219

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya

Mission team of the Kenya Technical Advisory Mission

From 3 to 7 March 2014, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Kenya in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk m

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Publishing Date: 
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:11
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-1.29207
longitude: 
36.8219

Recommended Practices: Using Space Technologies for Disaster and Risk Management

4th Meeting of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices on 11 February 2013
Example of a Flood Map

UN-SPIDER's network of Regional Support Offices is currently developing Recommended Practices on the use of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response.

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Publishing Date: 
Mon, 03/02/2014 - 09:00
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48.2348
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16.4169