UNDP Builds Regional Capacities for geographical information systems & Remote Sensing for Disaster Risk Reduction and Development

The United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), through its Regional Risk Reductive Initiative (R3I) held a three-day capacity building workshop to train participants in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) for disaster management, land use planning and development.

This fourth regional workshop introduced officials from Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Sint Maarten to the field of remote sensing and digital image processing and its importance to disaster risk management, and to demonstrate approaches, tools and methodologies for extracting and analysing remotely sense data. It’s hoped with this training, these countries will have better national capacity to:

  • Understand electromagnetic spectrum, and how it applies to remote sensing;
  • Interpret the basic features and characteristics of earth surfaces on satellite imagery; and
  • Know how to extract and interpret information from remotely sensed data.

{FILE IMAGE - UNDP/Hilton Barbados} UNDP Barbados and the OECS has been working with the 11 British and Dutch overseas territories since 2009, to reduce the risk and exposure of these small islands through intra-regional learning and sharing of tools, knowledge and best practices to enhance their individual and collective capacities to predict and prepare for natural hazards, with the financial support of the European Union. The European Union is providing €4.932 million over four years to achieve project objectives.

Participants benefitted from shared experiences on the initiatives undertaken to improve their disaster preparedness and response, when they experienced a knowledge sharing event at the Grand Cayman Marriot Beach Resort.

The presentations looked at results achieved so far through the UNDP R3I project and good practices that can be built on. International development partner organisations and experts will also participate, bringing together their knowledge and expertise on disaster management issues.

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