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UN-SPIDER April 2012 Updates Please forward this issue of UN-SPIDER Updates to colleagues who might benefit from receiving the information. If you would like to subscribe to our Updates please visit the following website: UN-SPIDER at a glance ----------------------------------------------UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop successfully concluded From 24 to 26 April, the UN-SPIDER Programme carried out its Fifth United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology. The workshop focused on strengthening global synergies through knowledge management, portals and networks bringing together more than fifty experts from Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. It provided the forum for UN-SPIDER to gather elements to update its knowledge management strategy, particularly regarding the UNSPIDER Knowledge Portal. The workshop allowed participants to exchange experiences and discuss synergies among online portals dealing with disaster and risk management or space issues. By working closer together, portals can be tailored more tightly around user needs. To that end, the participants not only discussed issues focusing on the structure and content of such portals and networks, but also talked about e-learning environments and the use of social media tools for a more user-driven content compilation. Learn more: UN-SPIDER Portal UN-SPIDER supports space applications workshop in India UN-SPIDER supported a training workshop on “Space technology applications in disaster management and emergency response” in New Delhi India organized and hosted by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM). The event provided a platform to the state-level disaster management authorities and providers of space based information to discuss the latest systems, tools, technologies, products and best practices. UN-SPIDER designed the programme with the help of NIDM and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). It brought together 25 key participants and experts. These experts provided information on latest trends in disaster risk reduction and space technology interventions. The participants shared best practices and also conducted brainstorm sessions to discuss the existing gap between the end-users and technology providers. The UN-SPIDER and NIDM have hosted such events since 2010. This was the third such workshop in the series based on the recommendations of previous workshops organized by UNSPIDER and NIDM since 2010. UN-SPIDER inaugurates international training course in India On 9 April 2012 UN-SPIDER inaugurated the four-week long international training course “Space technology applications in Disaster Risk Reduction” organised at the Centre for Space Science Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), the UN affiliated regional centre based in Dehradun, India. The overall objective of this course is to strengthen the knowledge of participants regarding how space-based information, services and solutions can be used to reduce disaster risks and losses. During the first two days of the course, UN-SPIDER provided a brief overview on the relevance of space technology in the context of the Hyogo Framework for Action and addressed the effective use of space technology for disaster-risk reduction. UN-SPIDER also conducted interactive sessions with participants to understand the current situations in the countries represented by participants and provided insights about possible support from UN-SPIDER. The course was jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing of ISRO, UN-SPIDER, UNESCAP and UNU. UN-SPIDER sponsored 5 officials from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Solomon Island. This course is one of the follow-up actions carried out by UN-SPIDER after the recent technical advisory missions to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. A total of 27 participants from 17 countries benefited from the course. Learn more: UN-SPIDER Portal UN-SPIDER facilitates support for locust outbreak in Northern Africa UN-SPIDER is facilitating support to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to a locust outbreak that is taking place in southwest Libya along the border of Algeria and rapidly spread into adjacent areas of southeast Algeria. The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya (RCMRD) tasked and downloaded imagery from the US satellite EO-1 and is working together with the Regional Support Office in Algeria (ASAL) to generate useful information. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also tasked Landsat7 acquisitions of the affected area over the next two months. Other options are also being reviewed. Learn more: UN-SPIDER Portal Follow us on: 1

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