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IGAC conducts training course on satellite information for drought early warning systems

The Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute -IGAC, through its Center for Research and Development of Geographic Information (CIAF), conducted a workshop on 27 October 2016 on the use of satellite information in early warning systems to deal with drought phenomena. The workshop was attended by professionals from entities including the National Institute of Innovation and Transfer in Agricultural Technology of Costa Rica  (INTA), and the Agricultural Planning Unit - UPRA of Colombia.

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Drought triggers National Emergency in Bolivia

Bolivia. Image: NASA

On 21 November 2016 president Evo Morales declared a national emergency due to a severe and extended drought intensified by El Nino. The reservoirs providing water to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, are almost dry, provoking water rationing in that city.

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Natural Disasters Information for Latin America and the Caribbean

Drought in Honduras. Courtesy of CIAT

8.2 million people have been affected by natural disasters from January to August 2016 in Latin America and the Caribbean according to the “Humanitarian Bulletin” for the region, a publication of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently.

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EvIDENz project Workshop in South Africa

UN-SPIDER Expert's presentation

The partners of the EvIDENz project conducted the stakeholder workshop entitled “

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EvIDENz project stakholder workshop in South Africa

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AEM conducts teleconference with SEWS-D partners

Dry Corridor of Central America (orange polygons). Courtesy of CAC

As part of its activities as a Regional Support Office, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is conducting monthly teleconferences with the national partners of the SEWS-D project (Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Droughts).   The telecons contribute to plan upcoming activities and to inform all regional and international partners regarding advances in each of the four countries where the project is conducted

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United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region

Image courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA) of a sandstorm over the Persian Gulf in 2008.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Space Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran will organize a workshop focusing on the use of space technology for dust storm and drought monitoring in the Middle East region. 
 
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Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region

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Expert Mission to El Salvador in July 2016

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Mon, 11/07/2016 to Wed, 13/07/2016

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

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Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon, UN-SPIDER

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The mission was conducted as part of the activities of the project entitled "Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Drought" (SEWS-D).   The mission was used to discuss advances regarding the project, and to conduct the first meeting of the technical, inter-institutional team that UN-SPIDER suggested during its Technical Advisory Mission that was conducted in April 2014.   The proposed team is being established by the General Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador.

The opprtunity was used to update members of the Civil Protection Directorate and of the Environmental Observatory of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources regarding updates in the Recommended Practices on the drought indices that have been developed by UN-SPIDER and to provide the updated maps of the SVi and the VCI.

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The mission facilitated:

- The establishment of the technical, interinstitutional team to contribute to disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response efforts through the generation of space-based information;

- The delivery of updated maps of the VCI and the SVI, which now include the procedure to mask out those pixels which are covered by clouds;

- Follow-up efforts in El Salvador regarding the SEWS-D project.

UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat

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UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”

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UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission conduct a training course in Santo Domingo

Training course in Santo Domingo on drought indices

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the National

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EIGEO team trained in Santo Domingo

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Dominican Republic Regional Expert Meeting

Droughts affecting Latin America

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National

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"Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems for Drought" in Dominican Republic, Latin America on 18-19 July 2016

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