Training on disaster mapping using space technology held in Maputo

Dec 2, 2013

Disaster mapping using space technology will greatly assist in disaster prevention, response and mitigation in Mozambique (Photo: UNDP Moz.)

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - UN-SPIDER, conducted from 4 to 8 November 2013 conducted a Disaster mapping using space technology training in Mozambique.

The aim of this training was to further developing the capacity of government staff especially those of the National Disaster Management  Institute (INGC)  to  be able use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle. As the next raining season in approaching, technical expertise in terms of assessing, analysis and providing the relevant information to support decision making will be crucial to deal with the cyclical flooding and cyclones.   

A UN SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) visited Mozambique in October 2012, upon an official request of the Mozambican Government to assess the existing use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency response in the country.

The purpose was to assess the current use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency response, identify potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role and contribute to improving the access to space-based technology and information. Attention was given to making disaster risk reduction activities more effective.

The mission focused also on four main topics: Review current policies, procedures and mechanism related to the use of space based information and make recommendations; Engage key stakeholders who are custodians of geo-spatial data related to disaster management; Develop a capacity building strategy for stakeholder agencies; and Develop a long-term association with UN-SPIDER to take benefits of outreach activities, capacity building programmes and resources available through UN-SPIDER network.

The two UN-SPIDER staff members were supported by seven experts from the Brazilian Space Agency, SADC and consulting firms. While the establishment of the legal framework targeting disaster-risk management and emergency response was found to be quite advanced already, the needs concerning capacity building were highlighted by representatives of several institutions, as well as the need for a plan of action to institutionalize capacity building measures.

This training was in response to the findings and recommendations from the 2012 mission.

UN-SPIDER was established by the UN General Assembly in  2006 to ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle.

UN-SPIDER aims at providing universal access to all types of space-based information and services relevant to disaster management by being a gateway to space-based information for disaster management support; serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management and space communities; and being a facilitator of capacity building and institutional strengthening.

Form more information please contact:

Luis Zaqueu - Communications Specialist

UNDP Mozambique

Kenneth Kaunda  Av. 931Maputo, Mozambique

Tel:  +258 21 481 410 Cell: +258 82 308 247 0 / 84 308 247 0



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