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UNDRR and UNCCD launch the Special Report on Drought 2021

Special Report on Drought 2021

Droughts have extensive and profound repercussions on populations, livelihoods, ecosystems, and economies. The most vulnerable people are unduly affected by their financial consequences. Although droughts affect millions, lead to food shortages, poverty, and inequality, their immense and widespread effects are often underreported.

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Fri, 18/06/2021 - 10:27

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UN/ISA Workshop on Space Technologies for Drought, Flood, and Water Resource Management

UN/ISA workshop on space technologies for drought, flood and water resource management

Space-based applications related to Earth Observation and geospatial data play an important role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts through providing accurate and timely information for decision-makers. Monitoring floods, drought conditions and water resource environments using satellite remote sensing (RS) technologies have become more essential recently, in particular for developing countries.

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Mon, 14/06/2021 - 08:53

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ASIS tool by FAO helps monitor agricultural droughts and manage their risks at country level using EO data

Agricultural drought in Ethiopia. Image: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud

In recent years, droughts have been impacting several regions of the world on a more frequent and severe basis. The long-lasting effects of such droughts are taking a toll on farmers and their livelihoods, forcing some of them to seek alternate sources of income through migration to cities in their countries and in other countries in extreme cases. The World Meteorological Organization identifies droughts as the most damaging natural hazard due to their long-term socio-economic impact.

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Mon, 22/03/2021 - 14:37

SERVIR programme in Kenya provides EO data to help financial aid reach farmers more efficiently

Crops in Kenya. Image: RCMRD.

A variety of environmental and man-made factors can have a detrimental effect on the yield of farmers worldwide. A programme launched in Kenya, funded by SERVIR in collaboration with NASA Harvest and the Swiss Re Foundation, uses Earth observation (EO) data to assess crop damage and prioritise the mobilisation of financial aid to farmers.

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Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:46

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Virtual technical advisory support to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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Mon, 19/10/2020

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The UN-SPIDER mission was scheduled to take place in Savannakhet Province from 11 to 15 May 2020. The purpose of the mission was to offer technical advisory support with a view to improving disaster risk management, early warning systems, emergency response and institutional capacity. However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission has been postponed and a virtual format through which to deliver the mission’s objectives is being sought. 

A high-level technical advisory meeting was conducted on 19 October 2020 and was attended by the Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the Economic, Technology and Environment Committee of National Assembly, the Vice-Governor of Savannakhet Province and other senior officials. Representatives of two 

UN-SPIDER regional support offices, the International Water Management Institute and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre also attended the meeting.

As a follow up, a joint project proposal between UN-SPIDER regional support offices and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic will be prepared for flood and drought monitoring, early warning for disaster preparedness and the building of resilience among smallholder farmers.

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Introduction to UN-SPIDER resources for flood and drought mapping

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The Federal University of Santa Maria of Brazil (UFSM), in its role as a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO), and UN-SPIDER joined forces to conduct a virtual seminar on the use of the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices to process satellite imagery to map the geographic extent of floods, and to elaborate a series of maps that allow government agencies, as well as regional and international organizations, to assess the severity of droughts in particular years in comparison to droughts in other years.

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04/08/2020

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UN-SPIDER, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) of Brazil

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Innovative tools and measures for robust drought risk management in the context of pandemic crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic is compounding the impact of drought, which is already affecting more lives than ever with serious impact on health, the economy and the environment.

Droughts cannot be avoided but their impact can be mitigated by adopting a pro-active approach to drought risk management. In this webinar, a special focus will be given to innovative tools and measures, including monitoring and early warning systems, vulnerability assessment and risk mitigation measures, in the context of the current pandemic.

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23/09/2020

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UNEP-DHI Centre on Water and Environment

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UNCCD, FAO

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UN-SPIDER Updates August 2020

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Tue, 01/09/2020
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Drought and flood in Mozambique

2008 drought and 2019 flood in Central Mozambique

Prepared by S. Pardi Lacruz and M. de Araujo Sousa Jr. 

UFSM  RSO,   Brazil

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