International Charter on Space and Major Disasters activated for Bangladesh – Roanu Cyclone

Cyclone Roanu in Bangladesh - Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory, map by Joshua Stevens

Cyclone Roanu reached Bangladesh on 21 May 2016, leaving 26 people and affecting hundreds of thousands others. The storm caused heavy rains which led to floods and landslides across the coast of the country, affecting fifteen districts.


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Tue, 31/05/2016 - 14:22

Cyclone Roanu batters India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Roanu batters India and Bangladesh. Image courtesy of Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured on Friday 20 May 2016 an image of the tropical cyclone Roanu using the Suomi NPP


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Mon, 23/05/2016 - 11:33

International Charter activated for floods in Bangladesh

NASA satellite Image of Bangladesh's physical features

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based 


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Tue, 08/09/2015 - 13:52

First Preparatory Committee meeting for WCDRR concluded

Member States delegations convened in Geneva

On 14 and 15 July 2014, Member States and major groups convened in Geneva, Switzerland for the First Session of the Preparatory Committee of Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to provide clear guidance and inputs to what the post-2015 framework should look like.


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Thu, 17/07/2014 - 10:03

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

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ICIMOD has been inducted as the 14th Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. A 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.

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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 Birendra Bajracharya<br /> GIS Specialist<br /> Mountain Environment Natural Resources’ Information Systems (MENRIS) division<br />International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) <br /> Email: <br /> Phone: +977-1-5003222 Ext 119 <br /> Fax +977-1-5003277</p> <p>International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development <br /> GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal<br /> Tel +977-1-5003222 <br /> Fax +977-1-5003277 <br /> Web: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

Bangladeshi Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CCP)

A massive cyclone with wind velocity 62 m/sec accompanied by a storm surge 6-9 m in height struck Bangladesh in 1970, killing an estimated 500,000 people.


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Survey of Bangladesh (SOB)

The Survey of Bangladesh (SOB) is the national surveying and mapping agency for Bangladesh. The agency functions under the Ministry of Defence and is headed by the Surveyor General of Bangladesh.


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Bangladeshi Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme

The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme is a project led by the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management of Bangladesh.


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Bangladeshi Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO)

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.


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Bangladeshi Meteorological Department

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.


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