Joint UN-SPIDER/ICIMOD International Training Programme on Multi-level Risk Profiling

From 9 to 13 June 2014, UN-SPIDER is conducting an international training programme on multi-level risk profiling jointly with its Regional Support Office ICIMOD. The purpose of the training programme, taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal, is to improve disaster risk management using space based and geospatial information by imparting hands-on training to the officials of member countries supported by the ICIMOD and UN-SPIDER.

Part of the support for this training course comes from “SERVIR-Himalaya”, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The training course also has a focus on methods and approach for landslide hazard mapping, prominent hazard in mountain environment. Participants will be exposed to concepts, and practical exercises using hands-on module.

20 participants from disaster management agencies and stakeholder departments of ICIMOD Member States are participating in the training programme. All but one ICIMOD Member states are attending the programme. The training course is covering hands-on sessions on flood inundation model (held by an expert of ICIMOD), on flood mapping and monitoring (held by an expert of NDRCC) and on landslide hazard mapping (held by an expert of the National Remote Sensing Centre of India). UN-SPIDER delivered lectures on climate change, disaster risk reduction and space technology and on the role of space technology in the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) and HFA2.