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UN-SPIDER presents its annual report of activities to the STSC

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Every February, Member States and observers of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) meet at the United Nations Office at Vienna to carry out the annual session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of COPUOS.  This year, the STSC conducted its 53rd session from 15 to 26 February 2016.  As in previous years, the UN-SPIDER programme reported to the STSC on its annual activities.  In this session, Mr.

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New recommeneded practice on drought monitoring published

UN-SPIDER published a new recommended practice in its Knowledge Portal outlining detailed step-by-step procedures to support drought monitoring. The practice was developed by researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (UFSM).  The procedure has been used to elaborate drought-related maps for Brazil in recent years.

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New recommended practice on drought monitoring published

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MGAP of Uruguay tests the use of the NDVI in drought insurance

Uruguay's NDVI-based drought insurance pilot project. Map produced by GRAS or INIA

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Uruguay (MGAP) launched in December 2015 a three-year long pilot project to test the viability of a drought insurance scheme based on the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI).   The pilot project will benefit individual cattle farmers and is being implemented by the Agriculture Policy and Planning Office (OPYPA) of MGAP.   The pilot project is one of the efforts carried out by MGAP in the context of adaptation to

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New Recommended Practice provided by Colombian Regional Support Office

Contraction and expansion of water bodies during La Niña event in Colombia

The Colombian Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER (IGAC) has provided a new Recommended Practice with detailed step-by-step procedures on how to derive useful information from satellite imagery.

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Recommended practices on water body changes

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This year El Niño under the three strongest reported in 65 years

This year El Niño is the strongest since 15 years (Image: NASA).
During a news conference in Geneva on 16 November 2015, the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Michel Jarraud, commented that the “Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this
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Natural disasters affect 13 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015

Drought is a major disaster in Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting roughly 6.6 million people 2015 (Image: CIAT).
According to the September – October 2015 edition of the “Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and Caribbean” which is published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.2 million people have been affected by disasters from January to October 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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ISA: Lessons learnt from drought in Iran

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ISA: Lessons learnt from drought in Iran
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Effective use of Space-based information to monitor disasters and its impacts: Lessons Learnt from Drought in Iran

Fifth UN-SPIDER Beijing conference

The United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - "A consolidating role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for

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Fifth UN-SPIDER Beijing Conference

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LAPAN predicts the worst drought in five years in Indonesia

Satellite image of the Kalimantan region, which will not suffer drought in 2015 (Image: ESA)

The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, has stated that Indonesia would face in 2015 the worst drought in the past five years, which would affect 80 per cent of the country’s territory, except for Kalimantan and Sumatra. 

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