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.