DA7: Sub-regional Training on Development of Geo-referenced Information System for Disaster Risk Management for SAARC countries
Sub-regional Training on Development of Geo-referenced Information System for Disaster Risk Management for SAARC countries was held on 26 to 29 August 2013, in the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), Dehradun, India.
The key objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of the South Asia Disaster Knowledge network (SADKN) focal points to effectively incorporate Geo-reference information into the SADKN information portal. The SADKN promotes knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels. The SADKN portal serves as a tool to all the South Asian Association for regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries providing information and knowledge requirements on disaster risk reduction and disaster management. Thus, the training programme aims to provide technical support to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of the participants through the establishment and use of the customized Geo-referenced information system for Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM).
The training programme comprised comprehensive training for development, operation and management of Geo-reference information system for SAARC sub-regional countries. Two officials from each SAARC country were invited for the training. One of these officials was designated to be the South Asia Disaster Knowledge Network (SADKN) focal points. The other official was from the space agency or meteorological department/agency or national statistical agency with at least five year working experience in ICT, GIS and related areas. All eight member countries of the SAARC sub-region participated in the training programme.
The training covered in-house theoretical lectures and hands on practical experience on using Geo-reference information for disaster preparedness and risk management. The training also discussed the importance of standardized Geo-referenced information, and the necessity of having a strong institutional mechanism and coordination for data/information sharing among the relevant national agencies, networking and developing a Community of Practices for an effective disaster risk management and other relevant topics of interest.