UN-SPIDER organised a a Capacity Building Programme in Bangladesh from 12 to 16 May 2013 on topic “Space Technology for Flood Hazard Mapping, Flood Forecast and Rapid Mapping in Bangladesh”. The programme was jointly organised with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) and Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARSO) of Bangladesh. The training was inaugurated by the Secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and is a follow-up activity of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bangladesh in June 2011. A total of 20 officials from 17 government departments participated in the programme.
The training covered a wide range of topics such as an overview of the role of Earth Observation in disaster management, the regional plan of action on promoting Space and GIS applications for disaster risk management and sustainable development, global and regional flood hotspot assessment, flood hazard/risk mapping, multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment, flood inundation mapping using multi-resolution satellite data, flood response rapid mapping etc. Participants were also offered hands-on sessions to develop skills in mapping and modelling floods.