Strengthening capacity in the Asia-Pacific: Geospatial Information Technology for Disaster Risk Resilience

The United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) has been implementing training and capacity development activities to strengthen the capacities of regional and national authorities for Disaster Risk Reduction for over 15 years. Thanks to the support from the regional liaison office in Bangkok hosted at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the training teams have been able to develop and deliver tailored trainings in the Asia Pacific, a region prone to seasonal floods and tropical cyclones. Since 2012, UNOSAT has held 39 learning events, from workshops to weeks long trainings, in 15 countries in the region, with 882 participants of 39 different nationalities.

Geospatial information technology (GIT) including satellite imagery analysis and data visualization plays a vital role in understanding the geographic extent and severity of disaster events. Nevertheless, the ability of national and regional authorities as well as disaster management experts to seamlessly collect, integrate, analyse geospatial information in a comprehensible and easy to use format for remains a challenge that needs to be addressed with ad-hoc training and capacity development programmes.

To meet these challenges, UNOSAT offers both introductory and advanced technical training courses in the use of Geo-Spatial Information Technology to support authorities in strengthening disaster risk management, climate resilience, and operational planning and decision making for emergency response and post disaster recovery.

With a stronger experience and the wider range of application of Geospatial Information Technology, UNOSAT has been diversifying both the topics and the beneficiaries when developing and delivering learning solutions. UNOSAT’s capacity development experts are tailoring each content to the beneficiaries, and providing continuous support both online and in-country to ensure a sustainable knowledge transfer.