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Ghana Town and Country Planning Department

The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) was established in 1945 and charged with the responsibility of planning and management of growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the country. It therefore seeks to promote sustainable human settlements development based on principles of efficiency, orderliness, safety and healthy growth of communities.

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Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (Ghana)

The Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services started as a Remote Sensing Laboratory set up in 1990 by the University of Ghana and located in the Department of Geography and Resource Development to teach and to conduct research.

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Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana's Mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and thriving agribusiness through research and technology development, effective extension and other support services to farmers, processors and traders for improved livelihood.

More information and contact data: http://mofa.gov.gh/

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Ghana - Technical Advisory Mission

Ghana is exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. In order to assess the potential to use Space-based information effectively to respond to or to prevent these events, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to this Western African country. The mission was conducted upon invitation of the government of Ghana and follows up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Mission carried out in October 2008.

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Mon, 25/11/2013 to Fri, 29/11/2013

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National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)

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The mission team comprised ten experts from various institutions including UNOOSA, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), MetOffice UK, National Disaster Risk Reduction of China (NDRCC), Secure World Foundation and the University of Free State.

Mission Profile: 

The mission was conducted through visits to different national and international institutions and organisations involved in disaster risk management, emergency response and the use of satellite data. These included various governmental departments and ministries. Additionally, UN-SPIDER organised a national workshop on 28 November 2014. More than 40 stakeholders from academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations were introduced to applications of remote sensing for disaster risk management including flood mapping. They were also informed about existing international mechanisms such as the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" that make available satellite information for support emergency response as well as on NADMO's role in the coordination of disaster management in Ghana. Various group discussions allowed participants to exchange on the current and potential use of space-based technology and the role for disaster management in each organisation. The mission was wrapped up with a debriefing of NADMO staff and its national coordinator presenting main observations and recommendations made by the mission team.

Mission Findings: 

  • Disaster Management Plan and Contingency Plans are in place but the crucial role of geospatial information needs to be enhanced. The National Disaster Management Authority recently started to build capacity for working with geospatial information
  • National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is already on the agernda of relevant authorities and organisations in Ghana
  • There is a need for an permanent operational Geographic Information unit for disaster response, with 24/7 alertness capacity
  • Ghana already has a great national as well as regional capacity on Space technologies and geospatial information. This support should be used for improvements in the use of space-based information for disaster management.

Mission Recommendations: 

  • Prioritize the potential of space based information and geospatial data at policy making level
  • Establish a centrally organised National Spatial Data Infrastructure to support the work of NADMO
  • Raise awareness of the availability of satellite imagery, e.g. through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters
  • Explore the use of open source Geographic Information System/Remote Sensing software
  • Make use of existing international partners: ITC, FEMA, Universities, UN-SPIDER

Ghana: UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission

Participants of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana

From 25 to 29 November 2013, UN-SPIDER carried out a five-day Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana in order to assess the current state and the potential of using

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UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana

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Call for experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana

Ghana’s Songor Lagoon seen from space (2000)

At the invitation of the Government of Ghana (National

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