India – Institutional Strengthening Mission

In spite of India’s prominence in the domain of space technology and applications, it was still deemed necessary to assess the use and implementation of the latter in disaster management. In January 2010 a first workshop organized by UN-SPIDER and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) took place. To continue these efforts and follow up with the recommendations proposed in 2010, a second workshop was organized.


Experts from UN-SPIDER and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)

The second NIDM/UN-SPIDER workshop on ‘Space Technology Application in Disaster Management and Emergency Response’ took place at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, from 28 to 30 March 2011. The aim of the workshop was to make available knowledge on applications of space technology for disaster management to disaster managers and to help in bridging the gap between the geospatial and disaster management functionaries at various levels, both within States of India and of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

During the Workshop, the participants shared their experiences of using of space-based information in their respective countries and Indian states. The workshop included panel discussions and deliberations by participants. As an outcome of the workshop, participants provided recommendations, based on the discussions and exercises on the following topics: • Lessons learned from recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, • Self assessment of geographic information preparedness for disaster management