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Report of the User Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & new satellite EO methods

On 27th November 2015 ESA hosted a User Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction using new satellite EO methods jointly organised by e-GEOS and ALTAMIRA INFORMATION in the framework of the General Studies Programme (GSP) led by the European Space Agency. These studies are looking at new Earth Observation (EO) methods & new ICT technologies to improve the understanding and management of natural hazards.

The primary objectives of the event were to better understand geo-information requirements about Disaster Risk Reduction, share ideas about new methods and new underlying technologies to exploit satellite EO for hazard and risk mapping and identify issues for which innovative techniques could be tried in the themes: landslides, earthquakes, flooding & volcanoes.

A total number of more than 40 participants belonging to more than 20 different public or private organizations from 10 different countries and staff from international organisations such as the United Nations joined the event and actively contributed to the working sessions.

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New hazard mapping to demonstrate the contribution of satellite data to DRM in Bhutan and Nepal.

ESA has originated a pilot project in the framework of eoworld2, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the World Bank, to demonstrate the benefit of satellite EO to support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Nepal and Bhutan.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Mountains are the source of 10 major river systems and provide vital ecosystem goods and services to more than 1.4 billion people spanning a range of countries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal to Pakistan.

The World Bank has numerous on-going projects in the Himalayan mountain region, ranging from agriculture, rural roads, climate change, watershed management. In Nepal and Bhutan it is actively involved since several years in projects related to hydroelectricity and infrastructure planning (roads, dams, agriculture) and makes use of existing national data provided by the involved agencies from both countries.

The pilot is conducted by a Swiss team comprising of MFB-GeoConsulting GmbH, Gamma Remote Sensing AG and SUPSI-IST. Project users include World Bank staff and local users involved with risk management and sustainable development.

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