As a follow-up to a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka in October 2011, UN-SPIDER and the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka are organizing a Capacity Building event from 14-17 August 2012.
The risk of natural disasters can be reduced by understanding our environment and the fundamental forces that shape it. Earth-observing satellites can provide vital information to mitigate and prepare for disasters.
The Geographic Institute of Burkina Faso is a Public Establishment Administrative in charge of the design, implementation and monitoring of national policy mapping. In July 1974, a meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was held in Cairo. Following this meeting it was recommended to the African countries to work towards the establishment of a base map scaled 1/50000. IGB works to achieve this goal and other purposes, such as the delimitation of its frontiers.
For the first time, about 70 percent of a country has been mapped using an advanced remote sensing technique known as hyperspectral imaging. In order to assist Afghanistan in understanding their abundant natural resources, in particular the development of an economically viable minerals market, the U.S.
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) recently launched “OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools” to provide organisations with map facility to locate interactive activities and information. OneMap Crowd Sourcing Tools is a beta set of map-based tools that community, and organisations or Non-Governmental Organisations can use to facilitate crowd sourcing and create a function on their websites where OneMap will serve a map for users to tag the locations of crowd-sourced information.
At the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Surveyors in Ilorin, Nigeria, Nigeria's Vice President, Muhammad Namadi Sambo said the Nigerian federal government would do everything possible to map its geographical landscape to address disaster management in the country. For this purpose, the vice president said, the office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation has been positioned for the task. Sambo called on state governments to also take up the challenge.
A MapAction team is responding to widespread and repeated flooding in western Paraguay attached to a United Nations’ assistance group. The worst floods for more than a decade began in April. They have left thousands of families in scattered rural communities in urgent need of
Geographic information systems (GIS) become increasingly important to international humanitarian organizations such as the International Red Cross (ICRC), as René Saameli, the ICRC's GIS coordinator, explained in a recent interview.