The German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ is currently conducting research to better assess the evolution of the largest and most damaging eruption on the archipelago of the Cabo Verde Islands of the last 60 years, which started on 23 November 2014.
At the request of the Government of Cape Verde, the UN-SPIDER Programme carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Cape Verde to evaluate the current and potential use of in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the county by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.
Sun, 29/07/2012 to Fri, 03/08/2012
National Civil Protection Service (SNPC)
The UN-SPIDER Mission was carried with 12 experts: Stefan Kienberger (University of Salzburg), Pedro Cabral (University of Lisbon), Artur Gil (University of the Azores), Jen Ziemke (Crisis Mappers Network), Oludoton Babeyemi (Crisis Mappers Network Nigeria), Ivan Barbosa (INPE), Isi Ikhuoria (RECTAS), Godstime James (RSO Nigeria / NASRDA), Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (Secure World Foundation), Frederic Bastide (Space Generation Advisory Council), David Stevens (UNOOSA), Markus Woltran (UNOOSA).
The mission started off with an institutional visit to the hosting National Civil Protection Service, including a lecture from the weather institute in Cape Verde. Further visits during the course of the mission were made to UNDP Cape Verde, the University of Cape Verde, the National Institute for Agricultural Development (INIDA) and other institutions involved in Cape Verde’s disaster and disaster risk management efforts. A national workshop was organized bringing together nearly 50 experts of the Cape Verdean disaster management community, communication institutes, cartography institution, and military. The mission was wrapped up with a debriefing with the UN Country Coordinator of Cape Verde and the director of SNPC representing the government of Cape Verde.
In general, the Mission team recommended that Cape Verde raise awareness of geospatial technologies and in the context of disaster and risk management and enhance capacity building efforts for the effective use of this information. Furthermore, data sharing among institutions should be enhanced. More specifically, the following recommendations were made:
Strengthen the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, specifically with regard to the incorporation of space-based technologies
In the May 2012 Updates, UN-SPIDER called for experts for its Technical Advisory Mission from 30 July to 3 August to Cape Verde. UN-SPIDER received numerous interesting applications for this opportunity and is still in the process of reviewing them. We will disclose the decision to the selected participants as soon as possible. We would like to ask those experts whom UN-SPIDER unfortunately cannot invite this time to stay alert as many other possibilities to participate in UN-SPIDER missions will come up in the near future.