The Secretariat of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is working with selected institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Uruguay and other countries in Latin America to engage them as Authorised Users so that in the future, these institutions may request the activation of the Charter in case of large disasters. This effort has been facilitated by the National Commission for Space Activities of Argentina (CONAE) and UN-SPIDER, and has benefitted from the support provided by the German
A destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Northern Alberta region, destroying neighborhoods in Fort McMurray and displacing nearly 90,000 people. The fire began on the 1st of May and the exact cause is still unknown. High temperatures and strong winds pushed it north-east two days later. Despite the work of more than 500 firefighters, by the 8th of May the fire had burnt 1,610 square kilometers of forest. By the 24th, the fire was still not extinguished but it had not grown either.
The Argentinean Space Agency (CONAE), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, has provided satellitedata to monitor major flooding caused by the overflow of the Areco and Luján rivers in the province of Buenos Aires.
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Wednesday, 5 August, due to floods caused by torrential monsoon rains in 12 of the 14 states of Myanmar, particularly in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine areas. UNITAR-UNOSAT sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of UNDP Myanmar.