Training in Nampula (Mozambique)

After the training series in December in Malawi and Madagascar, another training was conducted in Nampula, Mozambique. Members of different NGOs (CARE, Oikos, German-Agro Action, CAFOD) and INGC participated in this 5 day training. Again the focus of the training was on the following topics:

  • Concepts of GIS/Remote Sensing (Geoinformation) in the domain of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Concepts of vulnerability, hazard and risk
  • Introduction to GPS and GIS software
  • Methodology on participatory vulnerability community mapping (with hands on exercise)

 

The training took place in Nampula between April 18 and April 22, 2011. The community exercise took place in Cabaceira pequena, which is often affected by floods and cyclones.

Training in Sambava (Madagascar) successfully conducted

After the training in Malawi we moved to Sambava in the North-East of Madagascar. 26 participants of the NGOs (MedAir, CARE and Médecins du Monde) have been trained on the the following issues:

  • Concepts of GIS/Remote Sensing (Geoinformation) in the domain of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Concepts of vulnerability, hazard and risk
  • Introduction to GPS and GIS software
  • Methodology on participatory vulnerability community mapping (with hands on exercise)

The training took place in Sambava between the December 13 and December 17, 2010. The community exercise took place in Bamanevika, which is often affected by floods and cyclones.

The powerpoints and further documents will be made available soon.

Training in Salima (Malawi) successfully conducted

14 participants from four different NGOs (Coopi, Christian Aid, EAM, GOAL) and governmental institutions (DoDMA, Ministry of the Environment) and international organisations (WFP) have been trained in Salima (Senga Bay, 30.11-4.12.2010) on

  • Concepts of GIS/Remote Sensing (Geoinformation) in the domain of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Concepts of vulnerability, hazard and risk
  • Introduction to GPS and GIS software
  • Methodology on participatory vulnerability community mapping (with hands on exercise)

The exercise conducted has been jointly reflected and pilot studies have been identified and developed for the four NGOs involved.

Updates on powerpoint slides will follow, as we are now moving on for another training in Madagascar next week…

News update from UN-SPIDER

This news update has been taken from the UN-SPIDER website

In the framework of the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), UN-SPIDER is contributing to the project “Providing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technical support for Disaster Risk Reduction programmes implemented by DIPECHO partners in the South East African and South West Indian Ocean region (Malawi, Madagascar, Comoros, and Mozambique)”. This project is lead by the Italian NGO Cooperazione Internazionale, headquartered in Milano, and partnered with the Centre for GeoInformatics (Z_GIS), University Salzburg, and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER.

Prior to technical trainings with stakeholders in the different regions all the DIPECHO partners and their local national and sub-national counterparts have been invited to participate in regional seminars, in part co-organised by CARE Madagascar and FAO. Main goal of these meetings were three-folded, namely to

1.) provide an overview and general introduction to GIS and space-based information for risk and disaster management and emergency response,

2.) to describe existing international mechanisms such as the International Charter Space and Major Disasters and further mechanisms such as the Services and Applications For Emergency Response (SAFER) in the framework of the European Initiative: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), and

3.) to explain the role of UN-SPIDER and its cooperation and coordination with these mechanisms

The first national seminar took place on 12 November in Antananarivo, Madagascar, bringing together delegations from Madagascar and the Comoros. The second meeting took place on 16 November in Lilongwe, Malawi. During both seminars the participants attended to present and to gather information on the technical capacity available in the respective country and they expressed their willingness to cooperate both at the national and international levels. On behalf of the project consortium UN-SPIDER senior expert Dr. Joerg Szarzynski presented a sequence of presentations and lectures in order to help identify potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role, and to propose recommendations on how to improve the countries access to and use of space-based technology and information. During both seminars a specific presentation was given on behalf of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters directly provided by the Charter secretariat. The cooperation with other existing mechanisms or projects such as SAFER or GARNET-E (GMES for Africa: Regional Network for Information Exchange and Training in Emergencies) in the framework of the European GMES programme was presented as well.

Training in Malawi and Madagascar

A training is currently on the way for Malawi (Salima, 30.11 – 4.12.) and Madagascar (Sambava, 13.12 – 17.12.).

Topics include:

  • Concepts of risk and vulnerability
  • Community mapping and vulnerability assessment (with training exercise in communities)
  • Use of GIS and GPS in the context of DRR

Updates will follow as soon as photos and comments are available!

Seminar in Malawi – 17.11.2010

The second meeting in frame of this DIPECHO programme took place on 16 November 2010 in Lilongwe, Malawi. A group of 55 persons from the following organisations attended:

  • 2 ministries (Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), Technical Secretariat for the Ministry of Agriculture)
  • 3 national institutions from Malawi (Geological Survey Department, Meteorological Department, National Statistic Office)
  • The European Union as major donor and the GTZ
  • 8 NGO’s (COOPI, GOAL, ChristianAid, EAM, MALEZA, OXFAM, ConcernWorldwide, MSH)
  • 4 UN organisations (WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank)

The participants attended to present and to gather information on the technical capacity available particularly in Malawi and they expressed their willingness to cooperate both at the national and international levels. On behalf of the project consortium the country director of COOPI, Mr. Alexandre Castellano, and UN-SPIDER Senior Expert, Dr. Joerg Szarzynski, presented a sequence of presentations and lectures in order to help identify potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role, and to propose recommendations on how to improve the countries access to and use of space-based technology and information. A specific presentation was given on behalf of the International Charter directly provided by the Charter secretariat.

Seminar in Madagascar – 12.11.2010

The first DIPECHO regional workshop, co-organised by CARE Madagascar, FAO and with the collaboration of COOPI took place from 9-11 November in Antananarivo, Madagascar, bringing together delegations from each country involved in the project, which are Madagascar, Mozambique, Comoros Island and Malawi. About 60 delegates attended and Mr. Alexandre Castellano gave a presentation to this group about the activities of UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER.

The first national seminar organized by COOPI, in collaboration with UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS, Univserity of Salzburg), as part of the GIS regional project took place immediately after in the same venue on 12 November in Antananarivo, Madagascar, bringing together delegations from Madagascar and the Comores Island. A group of 54 persons from the following organisations attended:

  • 3 ministries (Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC), Cellule de Prevention et Gestion Urgence a la Primature (CPGU), Centre des Operations de Secours et de la Protection Civile (COSEP)
  • 3 national institutions from Madagascar (Institut Geographique et Hydrographique National (FTM), Meteorologie Madagascar,
  • The European Union as major donor and the GTZ
  • 6 NGO’s (COOPI, CARE, MDM, Medair, ICCO, RTM)
  • 6 UN organisations (UN-OCHA, WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, FAO

Updates (Photos) and reports will follow!

Homepage Online

The project homepage has gone online and is currently under development.

Future Feature will include

  • Blog
  • Project Description
  • Google Earth visualisation tool for the region
  • Internal Discussion Forums

Please stay updated!