ICIMOD has been inducted as the 14th 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 4th RSO Meeting in Vienna, Austria on 11 and 12 February 2013. The UN-SPIDER RSO will be housed in ICIMOD’s Geospatial Solutions Theme (formerly MENRIS), which promotes the use of spaced-based information and GIS for sustainable development to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
ICIMOD employs nearly 170 staff. Within the main thematic disciplines – Livelihoods, Geospatial Solutions, Ecosystem Services, and Water and Air – are housed specialists with range of mountain-relevant expertise including economists, sociologists, anthropologists, statisticians, high value product specialists, gender specialists, governance specialists, climate change specialists, disaster risk reduction specialists, hydrologists, glaciologists, water resources specialists, watershed management specialists, atmospheric scientists, rangeland specialists, ecologists, biodiversity specialists, natural resource management specialists, forestry specialists, GIS and RS specialists, highly specialized software developers, knowledge management and communication specialists, and monitoring and evaluation specialists.
Available databases and space-based information:
The Geospatial Solutions Theme is a repository for geospatial databases relevant to a wide range of applications including disasters and served through the GeoNetwork. The database includes satellite images, maps, and feature datasets – a total of 4,852 to date.
About the host institution:
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mountains are important global ecosystems facing especially rapid socioeconomic and environmental changes, particularly the impacts of climate change. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet the associated challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this we bring together top researchers from the region and around the globe to generate and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the physical and social sciences, including traditional knowledge, for evidence-based decision making; and we provide a neutral meeting point for transboundary research, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Working to deliver impacts in five Regional Programmes across four Thematic Areas – Water and Air; Ecosystem Management; Livelihoods; and Geospatial Solutions – and supported by integrated knowledge management, we seek to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.
<p>Mr Deo Raj Gurung <br />
Remote Sensing Specialist<br />
Geospatial Solutions Theme International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) <br />
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<p>International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development <br />
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SPARRSO was established in 1980 as an autonomous organisation of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. It keeps close collaboration with national, regional and international organizations, institutions and agencies.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department is the authorised Government organisation for all meteorological activities in the country. It maintains a network of surface and upper air observatories, radar and satellite stations, agro-meteorological observatories, geomagnetic and seismological observatories and meteorological telecommunication system. The Department has its Headquarters in Dhaka with two regional centres i.e.
Bangladesh is exposed to floods due to cyclones and monsoons, droughts, landslides and storm surges. To reduce the impacts of these events, Bangladesh has incorporated disaster-risk reduction and preparedness into all national policies, planning and programmes. At the invitation from the Disaster Management and Relief Division of the Government of Bangladesh, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to evaluate the strengths and challenges related to the access and use of space technologies and space-based information for effective disaster management.
Sun, 19/06/2011 to Thu, 23/06/2011
Department of Relief and Rehabilitation
The mission was led by two experts from UN-SPIDER with the support of experts from the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (OCHA), the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission of Pakistan (SUPARCO) and the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO).
The mission included meetings with representatives from 11 governmental institutions as well as from United Nations agencies and a workshop jointly organised by UN-SPIDER, the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme. It was attended by over 60 representatives from various Government and United Nations agencies to discuss cross-cutting issues related to the use of geographic and space-based information for disaster risk reduction and emergencyresponse.
The disaster risk management structure is well established in Bangladesh and it covers all phases of the disaster cycle;
Many governmental institutions possess an excellent capacity to use space technology, among them the Bangladesh Metrological Department, the Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization, the Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, the Survey of Bangladesh, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre and the Institute of Water Modeling);
Key decision makers are well aware of the potential of space-based information;
There is a deficiency in the coordination among government institutions in the area of disaster-risk reduction.
The coordination between departments of the Ministry of Defence (technology providers) and the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management (technology users) should be enhanced in order to ensure cooperation at the working level with the aim of incorporating space-based information as a common resource for the purpose of disaster management and ensuring that space technology providers make their services accessible to end-users.
There is a need to raise the awareness of decision makers regarding the usefulness of using space-based information to support disaster management.
All stakeholders should have access to the national spatialdata infrastructure templates, baseline data and operational disaster-related databases. Such access should ensure the timely availability of appropriate satellite and geospatial data and a strong data policy should be in place to conform with the data standards and formats.
Early warning efforts (flood and cyclone predictions) can be further strengthened by providing better access to the space-based information and related technologies.
Data- and information-sharing policies, standards and coordination mechanisms need to be developed to support disaster risk reduction at the national level, based on the principle that data are a national property and need to be shared openly, in particular in the event of a disaster. To facilitate data-sharing, the data catalogue and sharing platform should be created based on existing resources. Information products should cater to the precise requirement of end-users.