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Event The Second United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop: “Disaster Management and Space Technology - Bridging the Gap”

Topics of the second workshop will include:
• Relevant space-based solutions and information for risk and disaster management support and emergency response including on-going and planned initiatives, case studies and best practices, available geospatial data for disaster studies and capacity building opportunities.
• Presentations and discussion of the contribution of space-based technologies to existing Early Warning Systems as well to the development of Risk Modelling and Vulnerability Assessments.
• Presentation of the prototype of the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal (communication and information platform).
• Presentations and discussion of the contribution of space-based solutions in the field of Emergency and Disaster Medicine.
• GEO Tasks DI-06-09 (Use of Satellites for Risk Management) and CB-07-02 (Knowledge Sharing for Improved Disaster Management and Emergency Response).
• Harmonisation of the various existing initiatives that are contributing to helping developing countries access and use space-based technologies for disaster management and risk reduction.

The workshop will provide a platform for brainstorming and in-depth discussion, as well as thematic presentations. It will bring together a total of 100 decision-makers and senior experts from the following groups:
• National and regional institutions responsible for providing risk and disaster management support, for the implementation and maintenance of early warning systems, as well as for risk and vulnerability assessment;
• National and regional institutions responsible for Emergency and Disaster Medicine
• National and regional institutions responsible for capacity building in and promoting the use of space-based technologies;
• UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices and National Focal Points;
• UN agencies and NGOs involved in disaster management mitigation and relief;
• Space agencies;
• Academic and research institutions;
• Geospatial Information Management and IT companies.

Contact information Georg Magerl, Associate Expert, Office for Outer Space Affairs / UN-SPIDER, United Nations Office at Vienna, P.O.Box 500, A-1400 Vienna/ Mr. Jörg Szarzynski, Senior Expert, UN-SPIDER, Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10, 53113 Bonn, Germany (email: ;
Phone: +43-(1)-26060-4472 ; Fax: +43-(1)-26060-5830/ +49 (0)228 - 815 0677 - Fax.: +49 (0)228 - 815 0699
Event type Conference
File link ../PDF/UN-SPIDER_Bonn_Workshop
Geographical coverage Germany
Address Langer Eugen UN Campus, Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10; D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Organizer The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER Programme (United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response) together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and with the support from the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (ISDR/PPEW) and the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Target audience International
Period [13/10/2008 - 15/10/2008]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH