Workshop on GIS applications for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 11-12 February 2014
Upon request from the National Disaster Management Agency (NEMA) and with support from the government of Korea, ESCAP organized a training workshop on GIS applications for disaster risk reduction in the overall framework of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, 2012-2017 (Asia-Pacific Plan of Action). The main objectives were to enhance the awareness and capacity of Mongolia in using space technology and geographical information system (GIS) applications for disaster monitoring and damage impact assessment, and to discuss how to improve the geospatial data management in an integrated way to promote the operation of geo-portal for disaster risk management (Geo-DRM), which was established in NEMA, in May 2013 with support of ESCAP.
Good practices of space technology and GIS applications for disaster risk management in the Asia region, including introduction of new trends and technologies for disaster monitoring and impact assessment, were introduced by ESCAP experts. NEMA made presentations on the progress and challenges in operating status of Early Warning Center, the progress and persistent gaps of Geo-DRM and the need for integrated data management in Mongolia. In particular, geospatial data development and management was emphasized as key challenges in promoting the benefits of Geo-DRM in Mongolia. In this regard, the in-depth training was requested by NEMA for training GIS specialists to produce high-quality geospatial data. Around 30 government officials who attended the workshop committed to working together to promote integrated geospatial data management in Mongolia for an effective Geo-DRM.