This mission was conducted with the Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs as a way to strengthen the link between the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic and UN-SPIDER, particularly noting the effort made by the Dominican Republic to work with other selected Members States to incorporate specific texts on the use of space-based applications and geospatial information in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
This mission to the Dominican Republic included a training course on the use of the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices which have been developed by regional support offices focusing on drought indicators.
It was also used by the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic and UN-SPIDER to conduct the Regional Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Drought Early Warning Systems. This expert meeting was conducted in Santo Domingo on 18 and 19 July 2016.
The mission contributed to the strengthening of the inter-institutional Geospatial Information Team which has been set up by the National Emergency Commission to generate relevant geospatial information to be used in disaster risk reduction efforts as well as in disaster response operations.