The Kick-off Meeting of “Establishment of a Framework for Researches on Application of Space Technology for Disaster Monitoring in the APSCO Member States-Phase II” Project was organized during 19-20 April, 2021. Delegates from Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey and Project Management Team from APSCO Secretariat participated in the virtual meeting.
At the opening session, Ms. Yu Qi, Secretary-General of APSCO, welcomed participants from all Member States. She highlighted the importance of space application in the field of disaster monitoring and suggested that mechanism for APSCO Charter and hotline service need to be established to help Member States to receive quick response, quick data interpretation and solution consultant in case of disaster.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, the Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO. The Main objective of the meeting was to discuss Project Implementation and Management Plan. Also, project tasks were allocated to all parties. The first phase of the project will mainly focus on flood, landslide/avalanches and drought. Multi-hazards will also be studied in this second phase of the project.
It was recognized by all participants that the Framework for Researches on Application of Space Technology for Disaster Monitoring Project Phase II has been successfully kicked-off. The detailed discussion on potential joint research projects will be elaborated in the subsequent technical session, in which cooperation tasks among the framework cells in all Member States will be assigned.