Using space data, the United Nations (UN) will send delegates from its UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to the country for Disaster Preparedness and Management (DRRM) and Adaptation to climate change.
According to a statement from the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) on Friday, September 23, the UN-SPIDER will be in the Philippines for the September 26-30 advisory mission.
Established in 2006 by the UN General Assembly, UN-SPIDER aims to ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access and capacity to use all types of space-based intelligence to support the entire disaster management cycle. UN-SPIDER manages TAM activities to provide assessments and recommendations and develop guidelines for fulfilling its mission.
The implementation of UN-SPIDER TAM in the Philippines is part of the framework agreement signed in June 2021 between PhilSA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). increased cooperation on the use of space-based intelligence in disaster management and emergency response.
The activity is also consistent with PhilSA’s core development areas, hazard management and climate studies, and international collaboration.
On September 26-28, the TAM team, along with PhilSA, will meet with authorities from agencies involved in DRRM-related activities to gather information and conduct consultations on how space data is being used for DRRM operations in the country .
On September 29, PhilSA and UN-SPIDER are hosting an in-person public workshop in Quezon City designed for high-level policymakers, data providers, disaster response agencies, DRR practitioners, and academic institutions. The workshop aims to raise awareness and serve as a venue for sharing technical know-how on current DRRM practices.
Representatives from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will present their DRRM operations and activities. Engr. Roel Dela Cruz of PhilSA’s Space Data Mobilization and Applications Division will speak about PhilSA’s Disaster, Hazard and Risk Mapping or DHARMA project.
dr Shirish Kumar Ravan, Head of the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, will deliver a keynote presentation, while PhilSA Director-General Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., and PhilSA Deputy Director-General for Space Science and Technology, Dr. Gay Jane P. Perez will deliver the opening and closing remarks.
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