Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
  AGSE – Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment- was initiated in 2009 by Prof. Franz-Josef Behr. Taking place on a yearly basis, the conference is being held in different places all over the world. The overall scope of this conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the science and application of Geoinformatics with focus on developing countries.   AGSE 2018 THEME is Mother Earth: Geoscience for Crisis Management ,Disaster Management, Human Food Security, Land Management, Contribution of Geospatial Science and Technologies.  





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12/11/2018 to 16/11/2018

Registration Deadline: 

Mon, 12/11/2018


Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Windhoek, Namibia

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Venue Country: 

  • Namibia

Event Organisers: 

Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE)

UN-SPIDER present at the First African Drought Conference in Namibia

First African Drought Conference in Namibia
The First African Drought Conference conducted in Windhoek, Namibia, from 14 to 18 August 2016 shed the spotlight on the necessity for Africa to incorporate high on its development agenda a “Strategic Framework for Drought Risk Management and Enhancing Resilience in Africa”. Such a framework would allow this continent to enhance its drought resilience and to be better prepared to confront such droughts.


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Thu, 25/08/2016 - 22:09

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 Desertification (UNCCD) are conducting in Windhoek, Namibia, the conference entitled “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”.  The conference is being conducted from 15 to 19 August 2016 and was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Honorable Ms. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.


Publishing Date: 

Tue, 16/08/2016 - 00:32

Namibia - Institutional Strengthening Mission

As a follow-up to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in 2009 and in the context of the Namibian SensorWeb Pilot Project, this mission was carried out by UN-SPIDER in coordination with the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The goal of the mission was to promote access and use of space-based technologies and solutions for disaster management and emergency response within relevant communities. The mission included a visit to the Northern regions Caprivi and Oshana that were affected by the flood in 2009 and a technical meeting with stakeholders.


Tue, 19/01/2010 to Tue, 02/02/2010

Host Institution: 

Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry


Mission Team: 

The mission included experts from JRC, DLR, GTZ, ITC, NASA, NOAA, USRI, UNESCO, WMO and was coordinated by UN-SPIDER.

Mission Profile: 

The mission included:  

  • A field trip to the Northeastern Caprivi region and the central Cuvelai-Drainage System in Northern Namibia close to the border of Angola, which were affected by floods. The field trip included comprehensive photo documentation and GPS measurements of roads and particular geographic locations; as well as discussions with stakeholders from regional councils and relief organisations (police, fire brigade, national defense forces) to document measures and mechanism of emergency and crisis management and other relevant experiences.
  • A technical workshop organized by the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry. The goal of the workshop was to identify and discuss lessons-learned from the Namibian disaster management institutions and national and regional relief practitioners and to provide technical expert knowledge regarding the use of space technology to better facilitate international collaboration in the future.  
  • A high-level debriefing to high-level authorities including the Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the Under Secretary of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia, and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia.

Mission Outcome: 

The mission allowed experts to increase their awareness regarding the floods that have impacted Namibia in recent years and ways in which emergency response efforts are carried out at the national and local levels.

The mission took note of the existing basic capacity in several institutions in Namibia to work with space-based information and technology such as GPS and imagery. The mission team also identified that the flow of disaster-relevant information among different government institutions is still insufficient or even non-existing. This actually hinders the effective use of existing spatial and space-based information, especially as disaster relevant applications typically require information from different sectors of the administration.

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

GIZ logo. Image: GIZ.

The German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries. As a federal enterprise, they support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.


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Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

The mission of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is to realize the potential of the agricultural, water and forestry sectors towards the promotion of an efficient and sustainable socio-economic development for a prosperous Namibia.


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Namibian Disaster Risk Management of the Office of the Prime Minister

The Directorate exists to develop a functional national disaster risk reduction system that minimizes community vulnerability to hazards and effectively manages the impact of disasters within the context of sustainable development for Namibia by 2015. Its main objective is to apply innovative approaches and technologies to enhance community resilience to disaster risks through effective coordination and facilitation of all disaster risk reduction initiatives in Namibia.



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March 2011


 Guido Van Langenhove. Experiences with space technology in management of 2009 floods in northern Namibia, - the user perspective. Hydrological Services Namibia


Joachim Post. Contribution to the Disaster Management SensorWeb Pilot Project – a longer-term perspective.German Aerospace Center



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