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UN agencies promote use of GIS in disaster management

Thailand: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is working together with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in helping public sector organisations in the Asia Pacific region leverage geospatial information, GIS and satellite derived imagery in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergency response.

According to an official statement, while there has been an increase in uptake in the use of GIS and other space applications, the said technologies are not fully maximised due to a lack of capacity in terms of human, scientific, technological and institutional resources.

Under the Memorandum of Agreement, both UN agencies will focus their joint collaboration efforts on the priority areas of capacity development in space applications and ensuring optimal provision and dissemination of UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) products and services.

By taking advantage of ESCAP’s leading role in capacity building for applications of space and geographic information system, as well as the role of UNOSAT as the Centre of Excellence of the United Nations in satellite imagery derived analysis, member states would have an opportunity to fully maximise and tap the potential of satellite derived information improve their disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Source: Future Gov