On 2 July 2014, UN-SPIDER's Senior Programme Coordinator, Mr Luc St-Pierre, participated in the roundtable “Crisis management and mitigation: anticipating, managing and rebuilding” as part of the 2014 Toulouse Space Show.
Apart from UN-SPIDER, the panel included participants from HITEC Luxembourg S.A., PERILS AG, Asian Disaster Reduction Center, DGSCGC, the German Aerospace Center, and MeteoGroup offshore.
The 90 minutes roundtable was facilitated by Science Editor Paul de Brem. It was attended by over 100 persons and allowed to present the work of UN-SPIDER, highlighting UN-SPIDER's two assumptions of work: 1) developing countries have little or no knowledge on how to access and use Earth observation for disaster risk reduction or emergency response; and 2) that Earth observation techniques are better understood and used for emergency response than they are for preparation, mitigation or early warning.
Questions touched on the cost of data, the type of bilateral collaboration UN-SPIDER is seeking and on success cases of the programme.