Throughout their history, societies around the world have suffered the impacts of disasters triggered by natural hazards. And while disasters continue to occur in this century, the knowledge gained over hundreds of years has been essential to identify ways to minimize the effects of such natural hazards. Ancient communities in floodplains and deltas developed the knowledge to identify areas less exposed to floods, as well as precursors to such floods.
Through its network of Regional Support Offices, National Focal Points and its partners, UN-SPIDER is working with national governments and relevant stakeholders to find strategies to enhance the use of both indigenous or traditional knowledge and the knowledge derived with the aid of space technologies as a way to contribute to disaster risk reduction efforts, to strengthen the resilience of communities at risk, and to contribute sustainable development worldwide.
On 13 October UN-SPIDER celebrates the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction