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Participants at the UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission in Ghana, October 2018. , Participants at the UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission in Ghana, October 2018. , Participants at a training session as part of the Institutional Strengthening Mission. , Participants at a training session as part of the Institutional Strengthening Mission.

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) is conducting an institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana from 15 to 19 October. The mission is carried out in cooperation with the Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and upon the invitation of the Government of Ghana. Thirty participants from more than eight different institutions will participate in activities aimed at strengthening the institutional capacities of the country in using space-based information in disaster management.

In recent years Ghana experimented an increased of precipitations that have exposed the country to floods in Accra and the East coast regions, and droughts in the north region of Bolgatanga. Given the importance of the agricultural sector, such hazards have wide-ranging impacts on the population.

The ISM will include a training course…

Publishing date 15/10/2018

Ghana has announced its intention to launch its first Earth observation satellite, the Ghana Satellite One (GHANASAT 1).

The project will be led by the Ghana Space Science and Technology (GSSTI), under the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), and with technical support from MENASAT Gulf Group PLC.

According to the Director-General of GAEC, Benjamin Jabez Nyarko, the satellite will provide Ghana with information to address issues of security, risk management, maritime, forest depletion, water problems as well as other challenges. On the other hand, the Director of GSSTI, Professor Dickson Adomako, mentioned how the data collected by the satellite could be used to enhance the agricultural sector, monitor oil spillage and protect the environment.

GHANASAT 1 will be developed in three phases. The first phase will include the building of a modern space data centre, while the second phase will focus on the development of a Ghanaian direct receiving station for…

Publishing date 06/01/2015

From 25 to 29 November 2013, UN-SPIDER carried out a five-day Technical Advisory Mission to Ghana in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in the country. The Mission was conducted upon the invitation of the Government of Ghana through the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

The mission team comprised ten experts from various institutions including UNOOSA, United Nations University (UNU), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), MetOffice UK, National Disaster Risk Reduction of China (NDRCC), Secure World Foundation and the University of Free State.

The mission was conducted through visits to different national and international institutions and organisations involved in disaster risk management, emergency response and the use of satellite data. These included various governmental departments and…

Publishing date 06/12/2013

At the invitation of the Government of Ghana (National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO) the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Ghana from 25 to 29 November 2013.

UN-SPIDER is currently compiling a list of experts from the space as well as the disaster/disaster-risk management community in order to have the mission team defined by the end of September. UN-SPIDER is looking for professionals from relevant institutions, organizations, companies or universities from the field of space technology and disaster/disaster-risk management who are already collaborating or are willing to collaborate in the future with the authorities or respective institutions in Ghana.

TAMs are part of UN-SPIDER’s Technical Advisory Support, one of the core activities of the Programme. TAM experts meet during the mission with key disaster management authorities in the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations or initiatives…

Publishing date 28/08/2013

Ghana, is mainly exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. The drought in 1983 impacted more than 12 million inhabitants, while the flood in July 1991 impacted two million inhabitants. Taking advantage of the AARSE conference which was organized by UNOOSA in Accra, Ghana, UN-SPIDER conducted a technical meeting with the National Disaster Management Office to promote the use of space-based information in disaster-risk management and emergency response activities.

Ghana is exposed to floods and droughts as well as to forest fires. In order to assess the potential to use Space-based information effectively to respond to or to prevent these events, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to this Western African country. The mission was conducted upon invitation of the government of Ghana and follows up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Mission carried out in October 2008.

The University of Ghana offers two semester-long Post-graduate modules in Disaster Risk Reduction. These comprise:

Concepts and Methods in Advanced Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (IDRR)

This course introduces students to advanced theories and concepts in Integrated IDRR with an emphasis on disaster incidence and management in low- income communities in urban areas in Ghana. The module provides high-level knowledge on the theory and methods for environmental health and disaster risk reduction. The course will provide…


Geospatial Media and Communications is taking another initiative in the region by organising the Ghana Geospatial Forum 2015, the second National Conference and Exhibition, on 3-4 March 2015 in Accra. Apart from reflecting upon the outcomes and achievements of last year’s conference, the 2015 Ghana Geospatial Forum will also delve into several new topics and will feature a celebrated line-up of speakers from around the region.



- Land Administration in Ghana

- Geospatial Technology in Agriculture

- Environment & Natural Resource Management

- Renewable Energy

- Location Based Services

- Mobile GIS


As a follow-up activitity to its 2013 Technical Advisory Mission to the Western African country, UN-SPIDER conducted a week-long Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana. The mission followed an invitation of the Government of Ghana and was hosted by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).

International Training Course on Spatial data management for disaster management and risk reduction

During the four-day training, Members of government agencies and universities of Ghana were trained on how to use two UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on floods and droughts as a way to generate relevant and timely geospatial information that is useful for disaster risk reduction, 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a great pleasure to welcome geospatial users, analyst, and developers to KNUST, Kumasi for the 2nd Geospatial User Conference. A forum to foster the progress in the field of science and technology of location data, through contributions from your expertise to what promises to be an exciting meeting of learning, networking and collaboration. The 2020 Geospatial User Conference is a three-day event which will be held jointly with the International Conference on Geography and Development (INCOGaD-2020) on 29-31 July, 2020 on the theme, “geospatial applications in development”. The meeting will host plenary speakers, keynote speakers, in addition to technical presentations and workshops, thus creating a platform for sharing, exchanging and exploring new avenues of Geospatial Science and Technology, and related research and latest developments. We hope that Geospatial User Conference-2020 serve as an innovative platform for…


United Nations/Ghana/PSIPW - 5th International conference on the use of space technology for water resources management



The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Ghana are jointly organizing a Conference with the support of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) to promote the use of space technology in water management to the benefit of developing countries.

The Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana, from 10- 13 May 2022, hosted by the University of Energy and Natural Resources on behalf of the Government of Ghana.

The Conference is the fifth international event focusing on applications of space technology for water in the series of conferences organised with financial…


GEO Week 2022 will be held from 31 October to 4 November 2022 in Accra, Ghana.

This will be an in-person event with the possibility of remote participation.

More information will follow soon...

GEO Blue Planet will hold its 5th Symposium between 24 and 28 October 2022. For the first time, this signature GEO Blue Planet event will take place in Africa, in Accra, Ghana. This year’s symposium, themed Local Action in Support of Global Traction, is specifically geared towards improving GEO Blue Planet’s engagement with African nations in an effort to expand the EO community of practice, strengthen local capacity and provide access to resources, tools and services.

The symposium will feature Plenary Sessions centered around the GEO Blue Planet Core Action Areas of Stakeholder Engagement, Cooperation and Co-design and Capacity Development. It will also feature Ocean and Coastal Observations Tutorials, Thematic Workshops and a highly Interactive Symposium Forum.

Co-organised by the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat (Mercator Ocean International, NOAA and the University of Maryland) and the AIR Centre, this year’s hosts and local organisers are the University of Ghana…


From 9 to 11 May, UN-SPIDER carried out an institutional strengthening mission to support the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in its planning of the earthquake simulation to take place in June 2022. The simulation is being organized by NADMO with several government agencies and benefits from the support of the North Dakota National Guard of the United States. The simulation exercise will be based on a hypothethical earthquake that impacts the southern part of Ghana, triggering impacts in communities and several sectors of development.  May government agencies will participate in the exercise. 

UN-SPIDER proposed a simulated activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to be included in this exercise to raise awareness regarding the provision of space-based information for disaster response efforts which is provided by this emergency mechanism free of charge to national disaster management agencies.