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Madagascar - Expert Mission

Dates: 
Tue, 09/11/2010 - Thu, 11/11/2010
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Epidemic
Main Hazards: 
Severe Storm
Mission details
<p>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 Antananarivo, Madagascar in November 2010 with the aim of conducting a national seminar.</p>
Host Institution: 
Various
Mission Expert: 
Jörg Szarzynski, UN-SPIDER
Mission Profile: 
<p>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 seminar focused on practical application of GIS and EO tools to address disaster preparedness and response planning. The national seminar brought together delegations from Madagascar and the Comores Island. Participants represented government institutions (National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), Bureau for Prevention and Emergency Response (CPGU), The Emergency Operations Center of the Civil Protection (COSEP), the Geographic and Hydrographic National Institute (FTM), and the National Meteorology Department of Madagascar), NGOs (COOPI, CARE, MDM, Medair, ICCO, RTM), the European Union, GTZ and various organizations of the United Nations.</p>
Mission Outcome: 
<p>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.</p>

Guatemala - Expert Mission (2011)

Dates: 
Mon, 31/10/2011 - Sun, 06/11/2011
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Earthquake
Main Hazards: 
Forest Fire
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Mass Movement
Main Hazards: 
Volcanic Eruption
Mission details
<p>In recent years Guatemala has been impacted by disasters of various kinds including volcanic eruptions, floods and droughts. In November 2010, UN-SPIDER had conducted a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Guatemala. As a follow-up, this expert mission was carried out to support government institutions in the institutionalization of a technical group focusing on remote sensing applications for disaster risk reduction and emergency response.</p>
Host Institution: 
SEGEPLAN
Mission Expert: 
Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, UN-SPIDER
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission aimed at raising awareness of the Directors of various institutions on the benefits of using space-based information on disaster risk and disaster response management. It also addressed the recommendations made during a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) one year earlier, which included the establishment of an inter-agency group of professionals working in various state institutions on the use of GIS and remote sensing.</p> <p>The mission included visits to SEGEPLAN, to the National Geographic Institute (IGN), to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) and to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).</p>
Mission Outcome: 
The mission was able to move forward the establishment of an inter-institutional group of professionals from a variety of Government agencies and universities, which will focus its attention on the use of satellite imagery and remote-sensing applications. The Directors of SEGEPLAN and IGN will institutionalize the technical group through a Memorandum of Understanding. The mission also allowed UN-SPIDER to take note of the comments made by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, who highlighted the importance of remote sensing applications and raised the question concerning how to improve access to space-based information to track vulnerability and to identify ways regarding adaptation to climate change. In addition, the Minister requested UN-SPIDER to explore how the Ministry could interact more effectively with UNOOSA on the topics of environmental management and climate change.

Kenya - Expert Mission

Dates: 
Wed, 21/10/2009 - Fri, 23/10/2009
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Earthquake
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Mass Movement
Mission details
<p>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.</p>
Host Institution: 
Department of Disaster Risk Reduction Kenya
Mission Expert: 
Shirish Ravan, UN-SPIDER
Mission Profile: 
<p>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. </p>
Mission Outcome: 
<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>

Turkey - Expert Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 13/09/2010 - Sat, 18/09/2010
Advisory Mission Facts
Institutions visited: 
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Earthquake
Mission details
<p>Taking advantage of the United Nations/ Turkey/ European Space Agency Workshop on &ldquo;Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits&rdquo; which was conducted in Istanbul, UN-SPIDER carried out an Expert Mission to Ankara to discuss additional activities and efforts including the potential establishment of a Regional Support Office (RSO) by Turksat and the conduction of a UN-SPIDER regional workshop for Western Asia.</p>
Host Institution: 
Turksat
Mission Expert: 
Yusuf S. Hascicek, UN-SPIDER.
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission included several meetings with high ranking officers from Turksat to discuss issues related to the potential RSO, with the Rector of Akdeniz University and with the Director General of Antalya TecknoPark regarding the organization of a Western-Asia Cooperation Meeting together with Akdeniz University.
Mission Outcome: 
<p>The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to strengthen its links with Turksat, with Akdeniz University and with Antalya TecknoPark. The mission also allowed UN-SPIDER to continue discussions on the proposal for Turksat to establish a Regional Support Office and for Turksat and Akdeniz University to co-organize with UN-SPIDER the tentative Western-Asia Cooperation Meeting.</p>

Ghana - Expert Mission

Dates: 
Sun, 26/10/2008 - Wed, 29/10/2008
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Forest Fire
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Mission details
<p>Ghana, is mainly exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. The drought in 1983 impacted more than 12 million inhabitants, while the flood in July 1991 impacted two million inhabitants. Taking advantage of the AARSE conference which was organized by UNOOSA in Accra, Ghana, UN-SPIDER conducted a technical meeting with the National Disaster Management Office to promote the use of space-based information in disaster-risk management and emergency response activities.</p>
Host Institution: 
NADMO
Mission Expert: 
Martin Raitelhuber, UN-SPIDER
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission included a meeting with the National Disaster Management Office (NADMO) and was attended by representatives from NASRDA&rsquo;s (UN-SPIDER RSO in Nigeria), RECTAS, and the OCHA Regional Office for West Africa. At the meeting, the current status of use of space-based information at NADMO was discussed and possible next steps discussed, among them a visit of NADMO staff to NEMA/NASRDA or vice-versa, a technical advisory mission to Ghana, and a sub-regional workshop.</p>
Mission Outcome: 
<p>The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to establish contact with NADMO and to discuss potential ways to support this institution in the future. NADMO also benefitted from becoming aware of the UN-SPIDER programme, the activities it conducts and the type of technical advisory support that it can provide.</p>

Colombia - Expert Mission

Dates: 
Wed, 14/04/2010 - Sat, 17/04/2010
Advisory Mission Facts
Main Hazards: 
Drought
Main Hazards: 
Earthquake
Main Hazards: 
Flood
Main Hazards: 
Mass Movement
Main Hazards: 
Volcanic Eruption
Mission details
<p>Colombia is exposed to a variety of hazards including earthquakes, landslides, debris flows, volcanic eruptions, floods and droughts. This Expert Mission was conducted with the aim of visiting several Government agencies, to hold discussions with the Colombian Space Commission on the establishment of a regional support office in Colombia and to establish better links with the Risk Management Secretariat.</p>
Host Institution: 
IGAC, INGEOMINAS, DPAE
Mission Expert: 
Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, UN-SPIDER
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission included visits to the Risk Management Secretariat, the Colombian Space Commission, the Agust&iacute;n Codazzi Geographical Institute (IGAC), the Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environment Studies (IDEAM), the seismological and volcanological Observatory of the National Research Institute of Geological Mining (INGEOMINAS - today Colombian Geological Service) and the Department of Prevention and Emergency of the District of Bogotá (DPAE - today FOPAE).</p>
Mission Outcome: 
<p>To mission allowed UN-SPIDER to advance discussions with IGAC, which is serving as Executive Secretariat to the Colombian Space Commission, regarding the establishment of a Regional Support Office to be operated by IGAC. The mission was also used to establish contact with other government agencies in Colombia that focus their efforts on disaster-risk management and emergency response, as well as to make them aware of the UN-SPIDER programme, its activities and the type of technical advisory support it provides.</p>