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On 7 November 2022 Zimbabwe and Uganda launched their first satellites. Zimbabwe’s ZimSat-1 and Uganda’s PearlAfricaSat-1 are part of the BIRDS-5 constellation, which is now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). The satellites are scheduled to be released from the Japanese Kibo module on 21 November 2022.

The launch of these satellites can be seen as a milestone for the efforts in space activities for Zimbabwe and Uganda, supporting mineral exploration, monitoring of environmental hazards and droughts, human settlement and disease outbreak mapping, and other potential fields of applications.

BIRDS-5 is a constellation of CubeSats, and a project led by the Graduate school of Engineering of the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. 

Image Source: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Publishing date 08/11/2022

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, held a workshop on Vulnerability Mapping in conjunction with USAID/East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project between August 10 and 14 in Entebbe, Uganda. The participants came from the East African Community (EAC) member states: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

During the training, participants were able to learn how to create regional risk maps, identify each country’s least and most vulnerable zones and infer the factors behind the mapping results. These vulnerability hotspot maps offer information about climate change effects in order to develop and support adaptation plans for communities, governments, and landscapes.

PREPARED has been actively collaborating with the East African Community Climate Change Technical Working Group and RCMRD is…

Publishing date 18/08/2015

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, conducted a flood forecasting training in Uganda from 7 to 10 July and a technical training to support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in Zambia from 8 to 11 July.

During the flood forecasting training in Uganda, RCMRD collaborated with the Directorate of Water Resource Management from the Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda and other stakeholders to develop and implement CREST (Coupled Routing and Excess Storage) in different areas in Uganda with the support of the SERVIR program.

The workshop addressed issues concerning requirements and implementation of the CREST model and how to empower stakeholders.

The technical training conducted in Zambia to support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), brought together representatives of 12 institutions including government ministries and departments, parastatals and academic…

Publishing date 22/07/2015

This week, more than 250 delegates from East African countries are gathering for a regional conference on broadband and satellite communication for East Africa.

The five-day meeting from 15 to 19 April 2013 is taking place in Kampala, Uganda and has the theme "Strategy for Broadband Access to All in East Africa". It is organised by the Ministry of ICT, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), International Telecommunications Organisation (ITSO), and the East African Communications Organisation (EACO).

The event is the first of its kind for the East African region. The objectives of the conference are to build capacities in the region regarding broadband communication and to highlight the importance of satellite communication for the socio-economic development in East Africa.

Publishing date 17/04/2013

Telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union are jointly developing an early warning system that will provide public alerts to people in case of disaster prediction, detection and mitigation.
According to the UCC executive director Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi, in light of the recent natural and man-made disasters in Uganda, great attention and effort has been directed towards the application of ICTs, hence the need to develop an early warning system. Mutabazi said this last week while handing over 10 satellite phones to the ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees to ease communication as evacuation efforts are still going on in Uganda's Bulambuli district that was affected by mudslide early in the month.
UCC contacted the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the emergency communications equipment to assist in the management of relief services.

Publishing date 12/09/2011

We cordially invite you to participate in the 11th AARSE International Conference, which will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 24th to 28th October 2016. The conference is timely and has been designed to harness geospatial technologies to address the post -2015 global development agenda. Therefore, the issues in the AR5 IPCC report, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the expected SDG’s, the envisaged new climate change agreements and how they impinge on Africa’s development pathways and the world at large will be firmly addressed in a broader sense by AARSE2016 conference.

The AARSE2016 conference is expected to bring together about 700 global delegates entailing scientists, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, technology developers/experts and business entities from various interdisciplinary fields of geo-information science, hazard and disaster science, humanitarian assistance,…