Advanced training on the use of geospatial information for drought risk management

2 Apr 2018 to 6 Apr 2018
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This advanced training course is a follow-up activity to the last “Introductory Training on the use of Geospatial Information Technology for Drought Risk Management” held in Phnom Penh in November 2017.

Countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia continues to experience frequent drought events.These disasters have led to severe economic and livelihood losses, which in turn greatly influences food insecurity. Therefore, monitoring and understanding the consequences of drought to prepare, plan and mitigate its impacts is of paramount importance. Geographic information systems (GIS) combined with Remote Sensing (RS) has proved to be a very useful tool for drought risk management process that starts from monitoring to mitigation and response.

ESCAP is providing technical support to the Government of Cambodia as part of its capacity building initiative under the Regional Drought Mechanism to build the capacity of government stakeholders to understand the use of GIS and Remote Sensing technology as well as earth observation data for drought monitoring and early warning. A number of tools are being customized to support evidence-based decision making in Cambodia, including DroughtWatch System, being developed and customized for Cambodia by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the DataCube being developed by the Geoscience Australia.