With an Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) UN-SPIDER assists a Member State in increasing its capacity to benefit from for risk and disaster management. UN-SPIDER strengthens capacities in institutions which may suffer from a lack of trained personnel, infrastructure for processing space-derived data or access to such data.
With the May 2012 issue of the UN-SPIDER Newsletter, we are introducing a new approach to UN-SPIDER Newsletters. Instead of just summing up recent activities, we present to you in each issue specific thematic areas within the framework of our activities.
Indigenous knowledge should be harnessed to new technologies to help break the cycle of natural calamities in Africa, according to Juliana Rotich, executive director of Ushahidi, a Nairobi-based online open source software developer. A great deal of indigenous knowledge existed on natural disasters, she told SciDev.Net at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi today (14 December). It needed only to be collected, analysed by experts, put in usable format, and made available to people.
Regional Committee for the Western Pacific was established in 1977. In 1989 the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific was transformed into the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).