Capacity Building Training on Applications of GIS and Geospatial Data Management for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines
Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD), in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines (DOST) of the Philippines and the Operational Satellite Applications Programme of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR/UNOSAT), conducted this training in Quezon city, Philippines, as a follow-up activity after ESCAP mobilized regional support of satellite imagery to the Philippines during the disaster caused by supertyphoon Haiyan, in November 2013.
The training contributed to enhancing awareness and capacity of provincial government, in using geospatial data management for disaster risk analysis, monitoring and impact assessment in the overall scenario of supertyphoon Haiyan's impact. The training also provided a good opportunity for participants to communicate and understand the reality and emerging challenges at the provincial and community levels, for using space technology and GIS for disaster risk management. 25 participants from related agencies and provincial governments attended this training and expressed their commitments in promoting space technologies and geospatial data management for disaster risk analysis and impact assessment.
At the same time, participants emphasized the need to enhance the awareness of high-level policy makers of provincial governments, for the potential and benefits of space technology applications for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, through the organizations of high level forums.