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18 October 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 UTC +7 | Open meeting

Stats Cafe no. 49
The Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series on "Geospatial Techniques for Mapping Population Exposure to Hazard – Launch of the QGIS Guide" was held on Monday, 18 October 2021, 12:00 -13:00 hrs. (Bangkok time, GMT+7). 

Mapping population exposure to flood hazards

Link to QGIS Guide

About the session

This Stats Café was launched the recently completed ESCAP guide on how to map a population’s exposure to flood hazard. The Café was organized in collaboration with APDIM and IDD who was participated as session moderators and discussants.

The session included a presentation from a National Statistics Office on their own disaster statistics work and discussed the functionality of the tool in that regard.

This Stats Café highlighted how geospatial data and techniques can be used by National Statistics Offices to produce maps, visualizations and statistical tables in their disaster statistics work. Further, the session discussed possible uses of the tool for phases of the Disaster Risk Management Cycle and reporting to and monitoring of the Sendai Monitoring Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Session highlighted the following:

  1. ESCAP-SD’s recently completed tool “Mapping Population Exposure to Hazard”.
  • This guide is aimed at getting users familiar with downloading and using geospatial data and programs to produce maps which show the percentage of the population exposed to flood hazard.
  • The ESCAP-SD presentation was underscored how geospatial techniques included in the tool can be applied to generate information that would be helpful to National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in their Disaster Statistics work
  1. Discussion from Bangladesh NSO on the usefulness of the tool and how similar GIS work and methodology can be applied to the Disaster Statistics Work the institution is doing
  2. Discussion from ESCAP-IDD on the functionality of the tool and geospatial techniques regarding Disaster Risk Management and reporting for SDGs.

Welcome Remarks

Rikke Munk Hansen
Rikke Munk Hansen
Chief of Economic and Environment Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Rikke Munk Hansen is the Chief of Economic and Environment Statistics Section and the officer-in-charge of Statistics Division, ESCAP. She has worked with sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific during the past 21 years, including on statistics, the energy sector, and programme management and evaluation. Rikke manages ESCAP’s work on economic and environment statistics, including its efforts to develop guidance on disaster-related statistics. Rikke holds a Master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Aalborg University, Denmark and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Opening Remarks and Moderator

Letizia Rossano
Letizia Rossano
Director, the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, ESCAP
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Ms Letizia Rossano is the Director of the Asia and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, APDIM, in ESCAP.  In her role she feels strongly about the importance of bringing information management and data to the service of improving disaster risk understanding and management. Ms Rossano is a permanent staff member of the United Nations Secretariat with over 24 years of experience in headquarters and field positions in disaster risk reduction, humanitarian action and peacekeeping.  She holds a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a degree in Political Science from the University of Bari.


Aahlaad Musunuru
Aahlaad Musunuru
GIS Consultant, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Aahlaad Musunuru is working as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert in ESCAP-Statistics with skills and research interest in remote sensing and GIS applications for monitoring land cover change, ocean accounts, tourism satellite account and disaster risk assessment.

Md. Rafiqul Islam
Md. Rafiqul Islam
Joint Director, National Accounts Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS)
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Mr. Md. Rafiqul Islam is a Joint Director, National Accounts, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) as well he is a Member of Bangladesh Civil Service (Statistical). In addition, He serves as a Project Director (PD), Strengthening Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Statistics (ECDS) Project, BBS. He did his Graduation (Hon’s) and Master’s Degree from Social Science, University of Dhaka. He was born on 20 December 1978 in Naogaon District of Bangladesh.

Now he is a member of 'the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics (IAEG)' under UNDRR and 'Expert Group of Disaster-related Statistics' under UNESCAP. He was directly involved in the preparation of the 'Disaster-related Statistics Framework (DRSF)' by UNESCAP.

He was responsible for collecting, compiling and reporting National Accounts Statistics and Price & Wage-related Statistics (CPI and Inflation Rate, WRI, CMPI, HRI etc.) as a Deputy Director, National Accounting Wing, BBS. He was also responsible for preparing and publishing such as a) Bangladesh Environmental Statistics Framework (BESF) 2016-2030, b) Bangladesh Disaster-related Statistics 2015: Climate Change and Natural Disaster Perspectives, c) Compilation of Bangladesh Environment Statistics 2020 c) Integrating Gender and Social Inclusion in Environment, Climate Change and Disaster-related Statistics 2020 d) National Accounts-related Statistics of Bangladesh.

He participated to the Training Course on Enhancing Knowledge and Skills of Government Statisticians in Analysis, Interpretation and Use of Social Statistics, UNSIAP, Japan in 2012 He also participated to the various statistical Trainings/ Workshops/ Seminar/ Expert Group Meetings in the following countries like Thailand (12 times), Japan (4 times), India (3 times), Malaysia (3 times), South Korea (3 times), Singapore, Philippines (2 times), Kenya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), USA, Switzerland].

Sanjay Srivastava
Sanjay Srivastava
Sanjay Srivastava, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP
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Sanjay K Srivastava, Ph D (Applied Physics), is presently Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction at UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He was ESCAP Regional Adviser on Disaster Risk Reduction from Oct 2009 to June 2014; Head of SAAARC Disaster Management Centre – New Delhi from 2007-2008; Deputy Project Director of Disaster Management Support Programme at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); Scientist/Engineer at ISRO HQ Bangalore since 1991. He is the recipient of ISRO’s Team excellence award in 2008-09 for his contributions towards harnessing space technology applications for the benefits of rural poor. He has been a lead author of ESCAP’s flagship publication – Asia-Pacific Disaster Report since its inception in 2010.

Title Speaker/Presenter PPT
Risk analysis: Tool to Estimating and Illustrating human exposure to flood hazards Aahlaad Musunuru, GIS Consultant, Statistics Division, ESCAP PPT
Bangladesh Disaster-related Statistics (BDRS) 2020 Md. Rafiqul Islam, Joint Director, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning PPT

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