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NASA supplies high-resolution topographical data to the African continent

Topographic image of the Swartberg Mountains in South Africa

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach and US Ambassador to the African Union (AU) Reuben Brigety convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to debate over the means

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NASA: High-resolution topographic data soon available globally

Initially, topographic data for Africa will be published

The United States has announced that it will make high-resolution topographic data available globally in 2015.

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jue, 25/09/2014 - 09:23

Call for Experts: Gabon Technical Advisory Mission

Gabon captured by ESA's Envisat radar sensor in 2005

At the invitation of the Government of Gabon, and in connection with the upcoming GEO-XI Plenary in Gabon, UNOOSA (through

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Nigeria National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is a research institutions that is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology of Nigeria.


Nigeria - Technical Advisory Mission

lun, 13/06/2011 - vie, 17/06/2011
Advisory Mission Facts
Mission details
The Government of Nigeria through its National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA) requested UN-SPIDER to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission to assess the use of space-based information in disaster management in Nigeria and to identify areas of improvement in the access to this kind of information and in the capacities of working with it.
Institución Anfitriona: 
National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA)
Equipo de la Misión: 
The mission team consisted of seven experts representing the Regional Center for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Country Team Nigeria and UN-SPIDER, as well as staff from the two hosting institutions, namely the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). The latter hosts the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Nigeria.
Perfil de la Misión: 
After a mission team meeting, the experts visited NEMA and NASRDA, including visits to the COSPAS-SARSAT mission control center and the satellite ground control facilities of the Nigerian Space Agency. In the course of the TAM, a stakeholder workshop was organized that brought together more than 100 experts of the Nigerian disaster management community. The workshop was also covered by national television and print media. Furthermore, a technical workshop took place at the premises of NEMA, focusing on the 2010 floods in Sokoto state as a case study with the aim of analyzing the institutional capacities and cooperation of the stakeholders. The setting helped identify strengths and available opportunities in the country and also spurred discussions on perceived limitations and challenges. Visits to individual institutions gave insight into their access to and use of space-based information. The institutional visits were followed by a debriefing to the Director General and other high-ranking staff of NEMA, which was the requesting government agency of the UN-SPIDER mission.
Conclusiones de la Misión: 
In the follow-up to this TAM, the Nigerian UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office will be of particular importance and play a leading role in shaping new developments. A standard outcome of such a mission is a report that summarizes the observations and recommendations from the TAM and that is submitted to the national Government. These reports serve as a base for national authorities to develop policies and an action plan to improve the use of space-based information and of geo-databases for disaster management in the country. UN-SPIDER is committed to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations through its partners and the network of Regional Support Offices.

Burkinabe Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

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Burkina Faso - Regional Training course

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Since 2008, the UN‐SPIDER programme has provided expert support and conducted Technical Advisory Missions (TAMs) to Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroon and Nigeria, upon request of the respective governme

26/09/2011 - 30/09/2011
Title of Training: 
Training Seminar on space-based information
UN-SPIDER staff and trainers from the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS)
Target Group: 
Decision‐makers and high‐level stakeholders from national, regional and international institutions for the awareness‐raising segment, as well as 20 experts in the field of disaster risk management and emergency response from the West and Central African region for the specialized training seminar.
Training Profile: 
<p>The French-language Seminar was divided into a one‐day high‐level awareness‐raising segment and a specialized training seminar for experts. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and institutionalize the use of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in the region through training a network of professionals from different institutions and countries. Another goal was to establish an inter-institutional technical group as a way of further institutionalizing the use of space-based information for disaster risk management. Furthermore, a specialized segment focused on technical training on flood risk management.</p> <a href="/sites/default/files/Announcement-Training-Seminar-in-Burkina-Faso.pdf">More information</a>

RCMRD installs MODIS satellite data receiving station

Representatives of RCMRD during the launch of the MODIS receiving station

RCMRD, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, and

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mar, 15/07/2014 - 10:08


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Technical Advisory Mission to Zambia successfully concluded

The Zambia Technical Advisory Mission Team
The experts met with 15 key stakeholder agencies in the country

UN-SPIDER and its team of experts carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zambia from 26 to 30 May 2014.

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