APSCO-UNOOSA Conducted Short Training on Space Technology for Building Disaster Resilience

2021-10-29  15:49:37

The Secretariat of APSCO conducted Short Training Course on “Space Technology for Building Disaster Resilience to Water Scarcity”, co-organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) during 11-15 October and 18-22 October, 2021 through teleconference. APSCO livestreamed the training in two time-schedules providing convenience to participants from different time zone. 

Ms. Yu Qi, Secretary-General of APSCO, addressed the opening session, expressing her sincere greetings and appreciation for the great efforts and support from all the lecturers, organizers, and Member States. Dr. Shirish Ravan, head of UN-SPIDER BEIJING office, welcomed all participants and presented an overview of the training and lecturer’s team. 

The team of the international lecturers included Dr. Shirish Ravan; Dr. Yogita Shukla from Wo-Men Geospatial Coterie; Dr. Giriraj Amarnath, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka; Dr. Shimrit Maman, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel; Ms. Nina Kickinger and Ms. Alice Bourdet, UNOOSA; Dr. Talbot Brooks, Delta State University, USA; Dr. Li Suju and Dr. Liu Ming, NDRCC. 

The lecturers contributed to a 30-hour training course. Around 72 participants from 11 countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand, and Turkey, participated in the training.

The courses were well-designed around the following topics: Disaster risk resilience and space technologies for disaster management, Overview of Earth Observation and Geographic Information System, Drought risk assessment and early warning with hands-on sessions, Desertification monitoring, Space4Water Portal of UNOOSA, Practicing use of open source for drought and water resources management, China Satellites and the application for emergency management and so on.

In the last part of the training sessions, participants from Member States volunteered to present their experiences and initiatives on utilizing RS/GIS technologies in managing disasters related to water scarcity.

At the end of the training, which was successfully accomplished, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General of Education and Training Department of APSCO, delivered closing remarks. He appreciated the partner, lecturer team, and participants for their great contribution and close cooperation, and looked forward for more collaboration for future training.

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