Bangladesh: ICIMOD trains youth in Earth Observation

UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies finished yesterday a SERVIR-Himalaya training event in Earth Observation called “Empowering youth with Earth Observation for Climate Actions”.

Forty young people participated in the training that took place from 5 to 8 May 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). The main goal of the event was to inform youth in Bangladesh about climate change and the possibilities that Earth Observation and related technologies offer in monitoring and fighting its impacts.

The SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative, a joint project of USAID and ICIMOD, serves as a capacity building measure to make young people aware of climate change and geospatial tools, and as a forum to exchange information and ideas. This particular training event aimed to give the participants information about geospatial science, earth observation, by introducing them to remote sensing programmes, but it also asserted the potential that social media has in sharing information, maps and solutions.