UN-SPIDER organizes interactive training session for NDRCC

From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office will organize an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) to effectively embed Space technologies in their activities. The training focused on disaster risk assessment (especially flood and drought), relief needs assessment, situation analysis, early warning systems, and international standards related to disaster prevention. Experts from the Delta University (United States), UN OCHA Thailand, University of Twente (Netherlands), International Water Management Institute (Sri Lanka) and Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) of UNDP shared their experience and best practices in using space technology and geospatial information in disaster management.

The NDRCC was established to serve the China’s needs in the field of disaster prevention and reduction. A comprehensive operational system is now working efficiently at the national level through reasonable deployment of resources, space-ground integration and coordination between departments. The HJ-1-A and HJ-1-B of NDRCC satellites have proved a great success in environment and disaster monitoring and forecasting.

The training course was organized back-to-back with the United Nations International Conference on Disaster Risk Identification, Assessment and Monitoring, which took place from 23 to 25 October 2013 in Beijing.