Technical Assistance Mission to enhance the capacity of Mongolia on the use of Geo-DRM

20 Mar 2014 to 22 Mar 2014
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The meeting to 'Enhance the capacity of National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia (NEMA) on the use of geo-referenced information system for disaster risk management (Geo-DRM)' was held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 20-22 March 2013.

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 NEMA's ability to use the geo-reference information for effective disaster risk management towards establishing the prototype Geo-DRM portal developed for Mongolia.

Experts invited by ESCAP delivered training on Quantum Geographical Information System (QGIS). More than 25 NEMA officials were trained on integrated data uploading into the portal for information sharing. A Geo-DRM portal was installed and customized for Mongolia on NEMA's intranet. In-depth training for specialists on the uploading of data was conducted based on this installation. 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.

NEMA introduced a newly established early warning center and wishes to share the experiences on disaster risk management in the city with other ESCAP member countries. ESCAP will continue to provide technical assistance and advanced training and technical assistance for the operation of the Geo-DRM portal at NEMA, to strengthen the use of geo-referenced information for disaster risk reduction and management. This includes supporting NEMA technicians to be trained for GIS applications by RESAP training network and other partners in 2014 and 2015.