UN SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Sri Lanka International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in association with Sentinel Asia System (SAS) and JAXA activated the charter on October 1 to generate satellite images covering the Southern Provinces in Sri Lanka.
IWMI has been inducted as the 16th Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. An Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on the sidelines of the 6th RSO Meeting in Vienna, Austria on 5 and 6 February 2015. The UN-SPIDER RSO will be housed in IWMI’s Water Availability, Risk and Resilience (WR) Theme, which promotes the use of spaced-based information and GIS on water-related disaster risk management to promote innovative solutions to address the challenge of disaster risk in Asia and Africa.
IWMI employs nearly 330 staff. IWMI’s research focuses on the key water challenges poor communities face-issues that affect people’s livelihoods and health, as well as the integrity of the environmental services on which they depend. Research thus examines the “water-food-environment nexus”, adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and balancing efficiency and productivity objectives with equity and sustainability concerns. Seven key Research Themes help IWMI to more effectively produce impact for the benefit of poor farmers, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and for whom access to water for productive purposes is a key constraint. IWMI recognizes the scope for a more proactive role in knowledge application to increase impact-particularly by interacting closely with other research institutes, policymakers, donors, partners and user communities. IWMI’s scientist cover wide-range of disciplines – water management specialist, hydrologist, economist, water resource engineer, irrigation specialist, GIS and RS Specialist, Software developer, Geospatial Programmer, information management specialist, communication specialist, monitoring and evaluation specialist and Uptake coordinator.
Available databases and space-based information:
The GIS, Remote Sensing and Data Management Unit is responsible for development of geospatial databases for research themes including Water-related disaster risk management and are served using Water Data Portal. The portal provides information of satellite images, maps and information products.
About the host institution:
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
Through research, policy development, capacity building and knowledge sharing, IWMI:
provides an insight into water and land management from field to basin scales;
analyzes biophysical and socioeconomic processes;
assesses trade-offs of alternative development scenarios, taking a nexus perspective;
incorporates ecosystem approaches into agricultural systems;
assesses performance and identify solutions for agricultural water management – large- and small-scale;
UN-SPIDER's network of Regional Support Offices (RSOs) met in Vienna on 5 and 6 February 2015 for the 6th annual meeting of the network.
UN-SPIDER's network of Regional Support Offices (RSOs) met in Vienna on 5 and 6 February 2015 for the 6th annual meeting of the network. Eleven of the sixteen members of the network participated in the meeting, among them the RSOs based in Romania, Colombia, Hungary, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Kenya, Japan, Indonesia, and Algeria.
6th meeting of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices concluded
Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) revealed extraordinary flooding in Sri Lanka caused by unusually strong monsoonal rainfall over the period 31 May - 4 June 2014, as research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) shows.
In 2003, 2007 and 2013, Sudan was particularly harshly affected by flash floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people. In order to better prepare and warn farmers of flood events, they need access to real-time information and they need to be able to exchange and apply the information.