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Nepal raises awareness to fight fires through satellite imagery

Participants at the awareness meeting in Kanchanpur districtNepal: The SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, in collaboration with the Department of Forests (DoF) of Nepal, has conducted an awareness campaign at field level in the most fire prone districts of Nepal.

The awareness campaign took place in six different districts of the Terai region. More than 290 participants including forest range officers, Nepal Army, local fire fighters, and media learned the working process of the Forest Fire Monitoring and Detection System, developed by ICIMOD under the SERVIR-Himalaya framework. “The Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring System developed by ICIMOD under the SERVIR-Himalaya framework uses satellite imagery to detect and locate forest fires. The system generates and disseminates three products: short message system (SMS) alerts, email notifications, and a web application for visualising the latest fire data as well as historical data. The web application can also be exported to a PDF fire map. Currently, the system sends SMS alert to District Forest Officers and focal person of different community forest user groups,” said a spokesperson from ICIMOD.

Source: ICIMOD