East Africa

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya

UNDP operates projects under the umbrella of five priority areas namely: Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Energy and Environment and

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Kenya National Drought Management Authority

Kenya's National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is mandated to provide leadership and coordination of Kenya’s effort in the management of drought risks and enhancing adaptation to climate change. The Legal Notice gives the NDMA the mandate to establish mechanisms which ensure that drought does not result in emergencies and that the impacts of climate change are sufficiently mitigated.

More information: NDMA

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Kenya RedCross

Kenya RedCross is one of the international Red Cross societies that exist around the world. Established in 1961, the Kenya Red Cross supports and runs a number of projects and aims to raising awareness to the Kenyan public about current issues or problems. The Kenya Red Cross is involved in areas such as famine, blood services, first aid projects,

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Kenya Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS)

The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) formerly known as Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit (KREMU) was established in 1976 with funding from the Government of Kenya and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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Kenya Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA)

Kenya's Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Water and Irrigation established under the Water Act 2002 and charged with being the lead agency in water resources management in the country.

More information: WRMA

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Kenya - Technical Advisory Mission

Kenya experiences a number of natural hazards, the most common being weather related, including floods, droughts, landslides, lightening/thunderstorms, wild fires, and strong winds. In the recent past these hazards have increased in number, frequency and complexity. UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster and disaster risk management.

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Sat, 01/03/2014 to Sat, 08/03/2014

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National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) and National Space Secretariat (NSS)

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The mission team was comprised of nine international experts:

 

Mr. Coen Bussink (UN-SPIDER, Vienna), Ms. Longfei Liu (UN-SPIDER, Beijing), Ms. Leslie Armstrong (U.S. Geological Survey), Mr.Ned Dwyer (Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork, Ireland), Mr. Gabriel Yesuf (Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys, Nigeria), Mr. Andries Jordaan (University of the Free State, South Africa), Mr. Franck Ranera (Airbus Defence and Space, France), Mr. Michael Hagenlocher (University of Salzburg’s Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, Austria), Mr. Wu Wei (National Disaster reduction Centre of China, China).

 

Mission Profile: 

The mission team met with 19 national and international institutions based in Kenya. These meetings provided insight in the role of each organisation in disaster management and in the use of space-based and geospatial information in the country. In addition, the team organized a one-day workshop on the premises of UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office RCMRD, which was attended by over 50 participants from the academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations.

The workshop included presentations by NDOC, NSS, RCMRD and by all experts of the TAM team. Group discussions were held inviting the participants to think about the current and potential use of space technologies in disaster management. The workshop was effective in generating awareness about possible applications of space-based technology and the potential for cooperation between different agencies.

On the last day of the mission, the TAM team provided a briefing on the findings of the mission to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of Kenya.

The observations and recommendations will be compiled in the form of the report that will be presented to the Government and could be used for the drafting of the National Policy for Disaster Risk Management.

Mission Findings: 

  • There is a good basis for a Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • There is a number of strong early warning systems using geospatial data, especially drought and floods in specific areas
  • Excellent capacity in using up to date earth observation data and geographic data within several institutions
  • Kenya has strong capacity for working with geospatial information, but the use could be optimized
  • There is a need for capacity building
  • Not all agencies use satellite-based communication/navigation technology

Mission Recommendations: 

  • Disaster management and contingency plans can benefit from the incorporation of space-based and geospatial information
  • Cooperation and sharing of data and information between institutions could be strengthened
  • A National Spatial Data Infrastructure is an important step to increase the generation and use of spatial data
  • Focal points and role of institutions in the use of international mechanisms (International Charter, Copernicus GIO Emergency Management Service) for acquiring Earth Observation data/products should be clarified in order to access these resources
  • Simulation exercises or drills provide an opportunity to identify current strengths and shortcomings
  • Awareness raising at decision-making level could be useful
  • Ensure adequate management of data and metadata within relevant institutions
  • Institutions that need to strengthen their capacities could take advantage of knowledge in local universities and public institutions
  • Conduct training courses to strengthen the skills of staff in GIS Units, including courses focusing on applications of remote sensing for disaster-risk assessment and emergency response

RCMRD: East African Global Land Cover Workshop

Vegetation map of Eastern Africa during the severe drought of 2011

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Kenya, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), hosted the East African Global Land Cover Workshop from 10 to 14 March 2014. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Interior International Technical Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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MEA: multi-product data exploitation system with global data coverage since 1978

The Multi-sensor Evolution Analysis (MEA) platform supports Earth Observation communities in loading, visualizing and analysing multi-dimensional datasets.

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More Complete Satellite Coverage in Africa

NSS-12 East Africa beam

CET Teleport GmbH is expanding its cooperation with the satellite company SES in order to satisfy the increasing demand for satellite services in Africa. Thanks to the NSS-12 sat, linking Europe and East-Africa, the Eastern part of the African continent will be covered with Ku- and C-band.

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East African Community backs Hyogo Framework

The East African Community backs the Hyogo Framework

The East African Community (EAC) today announced that it is renewing its commitment to implement the global

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