ESCAP offers Mongolia technical assistance on information for effective disaster risk management

The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) and the Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (SRO-ENEA) jointly conducted a technical assistance mission to enhance Mongolia's ability to use geo-referenced information for effective disaster risk management.

A Geo-DRM system combines disaster data with critical disaggregated socio-economic data for evidence-based policymaking and effective disaster management, and can be considered a decision support system for disaster managers and national disaster management authorities.

Experts invited by ESCAP delivered training on the Quantum Geographical Information System (QGIS) and more than 25 National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia (NEMA) officials were trained on integrated data uploading into the portal for information sharing towards establishing the prototype Geo-DRM system developed for Mongolia. A portal was installed and customized for Mongolia on the intranet and in-depth training for specialists on the uploading of data was conducted, based on this installation.

As part of work done in Mongolia, NEMA has introduced a newly-established early warning centre and wishes to share the experiences on disaster risk management in the city with other ESCAP member countries. Alongside this ESCAP will continue to provide technical assistance and advanced training and technical assistance for operation of the Geo-DRM portal at NEMA to strengthen the use of geo-referenced information for disaster risk reduction and management, including to support NEMA technicians to be trained for geographic information system applications by the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) training network and other partners in 2014 and 2015.