In early 2013 the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR’s) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) began the implementation of a regional project aimed at strengthening the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) capacity in geospatial technology for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The main aim of the project was to improve geospatial capacities for DRR in the Horn of Africa region, within the overall framework of sustainable development.
Since the project's inception, UNOSAT has implemented the following project activities:
- Three technical trainings in support to IGAD on the use of geo-information technology (GIT) for DRR, with beneficiaries coming from the IGAD Secretariat, ICPAC, ICPALD, CEWARN and IGAD-Somalia;
- Development of a geo-database that acts as a common central data storage and management framework for GIS;
- Awareness raising activities targeting senior decision-makers on the use and benefits of geospatial technologies for DRR.
The first objective of the project (improved technical knowledge and skills in geospatial technologies for DRR) was achieved through the delivery of three technical trainings on the use of geospatial information technology for DRR. The trainings included:
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for DRR
- Introduction to Remote Sensing (RS) and Field Data Collection techniques for DRR
- Advanced training based on IGAD institution’s workflow.
This is Phase II of the project during which UNOSAT will extend the capacity development of IGAD, including to its Member States. Some planned activities include training of Member State focal points in the use and benefits of GIS and RS technologies as well as thematic trainings based on the various IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) pillars. Other activities will also include awareness raising events for senior policy-makers within IGAD, technical backstopping as well as the establishment and use of a Geoportal for data sharing. In 2014, UNOSAT will undertake two technical trainings in particular:
- Refresher training on GIS and RS applications for previously trained IGAD representatives from the IGAD Specialized Centres (ICPAC, ICPALD, CEWARN, IGAD-Somalia and the IGAD Secretariat.
- Training on ‘Introduction to GIS and RS’ for IGAD Member State focal points.
The aim of the course is to recall the advanced GIS and RS workflow methodologies learnt through the different trainings offered during IGAD – Phase I.
At the end of the course participants should be able to:
- Review basic concepts and terminology related to geospatial information technology
- Undertake a GIS assignment using different spatial analysis methods
- Produce good quality thematic maps
- Undertake multi-temporal remote sensing analysis using different satellite images
- Review operation application of GIS/RS methodologies relevant to IGAD programs
This course is composed of 5 modules covering the below topics that will be delivered in 1 week:
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
- GIS Analysis & Mapping
- Remote Sensing analysis
- Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
- SWOT/training evaluation (Application of GIS/RS for DRR in IGAD
The course is divided into 5 modules. Each module is structured into 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each. The number of estimated hours required to complete the course is 30 hours, which means a workload of 6 hours on average per day.
This is a full time face-to-face course comprising of lectures, GIS lab exercises, live demonstrations and round table discussions (80% lab exercises, 20% lectures and discussions). The training methodology focuses on active knowledge sharing and learning by doing through interactive computer assisted GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios drawn from past disasters, hazards and risk assessments relevant to the IGAD region.
The course starts by providing a review of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) concepts, methodologies and applications related to IGAD’s operational workflow learnt through the different trainings offered during Phase I of the project (2013). Participants will then, through selected case studies, undertake individual GIS assignments to produce good quality thematic maps using different spatial analysis methods and; perform a multi-temporal remote sensing analysis using different satellite images.
Relevant reading material (hand-out presentations and lab exercises tutorials) is shared in flash-disks prior to the start of the course and the training material containing GIS datasets is stored on each participant’s PC.
To enhance the learning process and ensure quality learning takes place, full support is accorded to each participant by the training experts. At the end of each module, the course trainers conduct an interactive wrap up session to assess the learning progress of the group.
Participants are technical professionals working at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat, IGAD’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), IGAD's Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) IGAD’s Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), and other IGAD’s programmes with sound knowledge of GIS and RS concepts and applications.
Important Note: This course has been designed by UNITAR/UNOSAT to address specific operational needs of the different IGAD programmes. We highly recommend that participants attending the course have successfully completed the three training courses already delivered within the framework of UNOSAT-IGAD capacity development project:
Intro to GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction”, “Intro to Remote Sensing and Field Data collection Techniques for Disaster Risk Reduction”, and “Advanced Training on GIS And Remote Sensing Applications for IGAD”.
This course has been designed by UNITAR/UNOSAT to address specific operational needs of the different IGAD programmes. We highly recommend that participants attending the course have successfully completed the three training courses already delivered within the framework of UNOSAT-IGAD capacity development project:
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for DRR
- Introduction to Remote Sensing (RS) and Field Data collection Techniques for DRR
- Advance training based on IGAD institution's flow
This course will be delivered by UNOSAT, the operational satellite applications programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
UNOSAT is a technology intensive programme active in all aspects of applied research relating to satellite solutions, from earth observation to telecommunications, positioning and navigation. UNOSAT delivers satellite solutions , geographic information to organizations within and outside the UN system to make a difference in the lives of communities exposed to poverty, hazards, and conflict, or affected by humanitarian and other crises.
Participants will be given a UN training participation certificate from UNITAR.
ESRI ArcGIS version 10.2.1 with extensions (spatial analyst). Google Earth, Access to Internet.
The number of participants is limited to 12.
Mr. Luca Dell’Oro, Specialist, UNITAR/UNOSAT (firstname.lastname@example.org)