United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs / UN-SPIDER and Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China

China National Space Administration, Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific, and World Bank

Mon, 23 Oct - Wed, 25 Oct 2017

The Office for Outer Space Affairs hosted the 7th United Nations International Conference on "Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – Building Resilience through Integrated Applications Risk” in Beijing from 23 to 25 October 2017. The conference was organized by the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office and followed six conferences held since 2011.

Previous conferences covered the themes of “Best practices for risk reduction and rapid response mapping” in 2011, “Risk assessment in the context of global climate change” in 2012, “Disaster risk identification, assessment and monitoring” in 2013, “Multi-hazard disaster risk assessment” in 2014, “A consolidating role in the implementation of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” in 2015 and “Understanding disaster risks” in 2016.

The conference was held on the premises of Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel Beijing, China, from 23 to 25 October 2017.

This event offered a forum for disaster management communities and experts to strengthen their capabilities in using to identify, assess, monitor and respond to disaster risks and integrate space technology into long-term disaster risk management efforts. Furthermore, the conference provided thoughts, ideas and help formulate programmes to achieve the following:

  1. Combined and complementary use of space-based technologies and in-situ information in disaster risk reduction applications; to increase the understanding of disaster risk and its drivers;
  2. Improved partnerships in the efforts to integrate use of space technologies in single and multi-hazard early warning systems, including those focusing on climate-influenced disasters such as floods and droughts;
  3. Development of integrated applications of Earth observation, global navigation satellite system and telecommunication constellations for disaster risk reduction and climate change monitoring and mitigation/adaptation, promoting integrated development where relevant; and
  4. Contribution in preparation of UNISPACE+50 which will contribute to the global frameworks namely, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Paris Agreement stemming from COP21.

Due to funding constraints, the organizers were able to offer support to a limited number of participants from Member States and organizations engaged in developing or intend to develop a partnership with UN-SPIDER. For additional information on the conference regarding its sessions, expected outcomes, and other logistical issues please see the Information Note below.

An international training course on "Integration of Multisource Earth Observation Data for Disaster Damage Assessment” was organized for 25 participants of the conference with the support of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation, the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China and the Beihang University.


Space-based information

Wenbo Zhao (CHEOS)China high-resolution earth observationDownload
Shirish Ravan (UNOOSA)Building resilience through integrated applications – contribution from spaceDownload
Session 1: Policy and institutional arrangements for integrating space in DRR decision making
Fabio Giulio Tonolo (ITHACA)Integrating ‘space’ in DRR decision making at regional and international level: the EU Copernicus Emergency Management ServiceDownload
Chuanrong Li (Chinese Academy of Science)Landslide disaster monitor using space-based technologiesDownload
Luc St-Pierre (UNOOSA)How UN-SPIDER technical advisory missions contribute to policy and institutional arrangements – Few success storiesDownload
Suju Li (NDRCC)Space-based information for DRR in China: from policy to practiceDownload
Session 1.1: Policy integration and institutional arrangements at national level for leveraging potential of ‘space’ in DRR decision making
Mr.Ulziibayar Luvsansharav (NEMA)Cooperation of institutions in reformulated disaster protection legal environment of MongoliaDownload
Leonard Chan (Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council)Role of Fiji Business Disaster Resilience CouncilDownload
Huy Quang Bui (Disaster Management Policy and Technical Center, Vietnam)National Disaster Management Framework in VietnamDownload
Session 1.2: ‘Space’ in national, regional and international institutions and frameworks contributing to DRR decision making
Komal Aryal (THINKlab, University of Salford)Participatory challenge mapping exercise on use of technology for multi- agency collaboration to strengthen community resilience in developing countriesDownload
Zhigang Wang (International Charter)International charter space and major disaster - 2016 Annual ReportDownload
Rifaat Abdalla (Sultan Qaboos University, OmanPolicy framework for maximizing the integration of spatial information for disaster management in diverse operational environmentsDownload
Session 2: Integration of space and in-situ data for disaster risk reduction
Mingsen Lin (National Satellite Ocean Application)Chinese Ocean Satellites and its application in disaster monitoringDownload
Bipin Mallick (Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India)National database for emergency management (NDEM)Download
Muhammad Farooq (SUPARCO, Pakistan)Geo-spatial Technologies for flood management in Pakistan - SUPARCO's ContributionDownload
Keiko Saito (World Bank)Geospatial data for disaster risk reduction and response -how far have we come?Download
Cristiano Giovando (World Bank)UAV and satellite imagery in OpenAerialMap for crowdsourced exposure mappingDownload
Yootthapoom Potiracha (GISTDA, Thailand)Geo-informatics map online service for water management and risk reductionDownload
Fabio Giulio Tonolo (ITHACA)Access and availability of in-situ data: the EU Copernicus In Situ componentDownload
Bingfang Wu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)Application of remote sensing on agricultureDownload
Session 2.1: Trends in access and availability of space and in-situ data
Edoh Yao Kiatchey (National Disaster Management Organization, Ghana)Building resilience using space technology – Ghana as a case studyDownload
Charles Mwangi (Kenya Space Agency)Low-cost Automatic Weather Stations for Developing CountriesDownload
Xiang Fang (China Meteorological Administration)Chinese Fengyun meteorological satellite programDownload
Shahidul Islam (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)Status of using of space based and in-situ information in DRR in BangladeshDownload
Session 2.2: Best practices in data integration for disaster risk reduction
Kadiri James Godstime (National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria)Assessment of Environmental Sensitivity to Desertification in Katsina State, NigeriaDownload
Joseph Muhlhausen (World Bank)Integration of UAV/Space based data and DRM/developmentDownload
Miaole Hou (Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture)Multi-resource data management and sustainable indicators related to the monitoring heritageDownload
Xavier Junior Gulele (INGC, Mozambique)Enhancing disaster preparedness for resilience through climate information managementDownload
Session 3: Technology integration for disaster risk assessment and emergency response
Siemon Hollema (United Nations World Food Program)72-hours emergency rapid assessment: Transformed impact assessment that empowers decision-makingDownload
Weihua Fang (Beijing Normal University)Nepal Earthquake 2015 loos assessment: on the perspective of ChinaDownload
Venu Madhav Maroju (Continuum Planning and Development Trust, India)Real time participatory risk profiling, mapping and assessment with integrated emergency lifecycle management system in precise 3D environment interconnected with mobile applicationsDownload
Bipin Mallick (Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India)National emergency operations centre on SATCOM platformDownload
Session 3.1: Advances in risk assessment methods, tools and systems
Lei Bin (Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)Information extraction and object recognition based on SAR imageryDownload
Siemon Hollema (United Nations World Food Program)PRISM: A real-world example of desired technical integration for drought monitoringDownload
Mohit Mohanty (Indian Institute of Technology)Impacts of different sources of topographic data and uncertainty assessment on 1-D 2-D coupled flood inundation modelingDownload
Session 3.2: Integrated emergency response tools/systems
Meimei Leung (World Vision International)Using information management for preparedness and response, making timely and critical decisionsDownload
Olivia Chibgwe (Civil Protection, Zimbabwe)The application of geographical information systems to determine extent of the flood hazard in ZimbabweDownload
Udhi Catur Nugroho (Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space)Post-disaster analysis of Banjarnegara landslide using remote sensing and in-situ dataDownload
Session 4: Integrated applications of Earth observation, global navigation satellite system and telecommunication constellations for disaster risk reduction and climate change related extreme hazards
Qiming Zeng (Peking University)Mapping collapsed building in earthquake by using polarmetric SARDownload
Zhenhong Li (Center for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquake, Newcastle University)Satellite radar observations in support of landslide disaster risk reductionDownload
Talbot Brooks (Delta State University)Mapping Crisis: a standards approach using the United States national gridDownload
Session 5: Networking and engagement with the UN-SPIDER network
Silap Boupha (Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR)GEO space application in support to the disaster management in the Lao People’s Democratic RepublicDownload
Srimal Samansiri (Disaster Management Center, Sri Lanka)Setting up national emergency mapping mechanism for disaster responseDownload
Deo Raj Gurung (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Research, Nepal)Nepal technical advisory missionDownload
Jingnong Weng (Beihang University)UN affiliated regional centre for space science technology education: ChinaDownload
Kazuhito UEDA (Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)ADRC Annual Report on RSO ActivityDownload


Disaster managers, policy makers, providers of space technology solutions/tools/applications from governments, academia, research, NGO and corporate sector.
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