Within the project “Providing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technical support for Disaster Risk Reduction programs implemented by DIPECHO partners in the South East African and South West Indian Ocean region”, UN-SPIDER, together with the Italian-based NGO Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) and the Geoinformatic Centre from the University of Salzburg (Z-GIS) carried out a mission to Lilongwe, Malawi in Nov. 2010 to conduct a national seminar.
Sat, 13/11/2010 to Sun, 21/11/2010
Jörg Szarzynski, UN-SPIDER
The mission included a national seminar that provided a general overview regarding space-based information, UN-SPIDER’s role and existing international mechanisms such as the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters. The national seminar focused on practical application of GIS and EO tools to address disaster preparedness and response planning. It brought together representatives from government institutions (the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, the Technical Secretariat for the Ministry of Agriculture, the Geological Survey Department, the Meteorological Department, and the National Statistic Office); as well as representatives from the European Union, WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank, GTZ; and eight NGO’s (COOPI, GOAL, ChristianAid, EAM, MALEZA, OXFAM, Concern Worldwide, and MSH).
The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to become aware of the technical capacity available in Madagascar and the Comores Island in the areas of disaster-risk management and emergency response. Representatives of these ministries, institutions and NGOs were made aware of the UN-SPIDER programme and its activities, of potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role and on the type of support that the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters can provide.
The seminar also allowed participants to discuss ways to improve communications among agencies and NGOs, to coordinate and disseminate space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in Malawi and about what kind of data, technology and training is needed.
Kenya, like other countries in eastern Africa, is exposed to a variety of hazards including droughts, floods, landslides and earthquakes. The December 1999 drought affected 23 million inhabitants. From 21 to 23 October 2009, UN-SPIDER conducted an Expert Mission to Kenya to establish contact with its National Focal point, and to raise awareness concerning its activities and the type of technical advisory support it can provide. The mission also included a visit to Nakuru City to visit the Rift Valley provincial disaster-risk reduction platform.
Wed, 21/10/2009 to Fri, 23/10/2009
Department of Disaster Risk Reduction Kenya
The mission included a meeting with the UN-SPIDER National Focal Point and with representatives of ISDR/Africa and the Kenyan Humanitarian Forum chaired by OCHA, as well as a meeting with the Rift Valley provincial disaster-risk reduction platform.
The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to establish closer links with its National Focal Point, the ISDR Africa Office, the Kenyan Humanitarian Forum and the Rift Valley provincial disaster-risk reduction platform. These efforts allowed these entities to become aware of the mission of UN-SPIDER, the type of Technical Advisory Support that it can provide to countries such as Kenya and on the usefulness of space-based information in case of disaster-risk reduction and emergency response.
The mission also allowed UN-SPIDER to become aware of on-going efforts in Kenya regarding disaster-risk reduction and emergency response, as well as of the special needs in particular geographic regions of the country which are exposed to landslides and drought.
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