Second EvIDENz project workshop successfully concluded in Ukraine

The partners of the EvIDENz project conducted the second stakeholder workshop entitled “Earth observation-based information products for drought risk on a national basis”.  The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 6, 2016. Partners involved in the organization of the workshop included the Space Research Institute (NASU-SSAU) of the Ukraine, the Remote Sensing Center (ZFL) of the University of Bonn, UNU-EHS, and UN-SPIDER. The workshop was attended by 15 key stakeholders of Ukraine involved in disaster risk reduction including the State Emergency Service, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Centre, the Institute of Agro-ecology and Environmental Management, the  Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the Institute of Agro-ecology and Natural Management, the National Centre of Management and Testing of Space Facilities, the State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

By bringing together a small and effective group, the workshop promoted the discussion concerning the contribution of EvIDENz project to drought monitoring, vulnerability and impact assessment as well as to the Sendai framework. Participants agreed to work together to contribute to develop a drought risk assessment procedure as a way to provide drought risk information to improve preparedness and prevention efforts in Ukraine. Furthermore it was agreed to seek ways to share with other countries the results achieved in this project.

The workshop agenda included presentations, discussions and an overview of the work plan and details of the EvIDENz project, drought risk management, international conventions like the Sendai framework and Earth observation.

The EvIDENz project targets drought, which is a frequent natural disaster in the Ukraine. Droughts affect hundreds of people and trigger considerable economical losses every year, especially in the agricultural sector.