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Satellite services: a powerful tool for risk management - Climate change and development cooperation 26 May 2010, La Rábida.

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1 Satellite services: a powerful tool for risk management - Climate change and development cooperation 26 May 2010, La Rábida

2 Content What are satellite services? Satellite services and climate change induced risk management – good practice examples Satellite services and development cooperation About Eurisy

3 What are satellite services? With the help of satellites three different types of unique services and information can be delivered : Images providing information from an unrivalled perspective Groundless telecommunications infrastructure with seamless coverage Precise information on global timing and positioning

4 “Climate change affects the quality of citizens’ lives and has enormous economic implications. Space-based Earth observation has substantially contributed to understanding the full scale of climate change, and without space applications we will not be able to tackle it and anticipate its consequences” J.M. Barroso, October 2009, Brussels

5 Risk management using satellite services Satellite services support all stages of the disaster management cycle: –Before: monitoring & early warning: Vulnerability assessment (asset mapping) Detection of river/ocean level rise/landslides Early detection and warning of fire and floods –During: Rapid re-establishment of communication infrastructure Geo-localization of damaged areas Tracking vehicles, goods (humanitarian aid) and people (rescuers are themselves exposed to risk) –After: Damage assessment (important for the reconstruction phase, for claiming insurance…) Infrastructure repair works

6 Sardinia, IT Forest fire management The Sardinian civil protection authority uses satellite maps of the burnt areas to assess damage Advantages: –Improvement of database > better, complete and more accurate information on fires (  claims for compensation!) –No more need for agents to go on field > more time for prevention activities –Improvement of the Regional Fire Prevention Plan – eg. Regional authority issues and is able to enforce restrictions on grazing areas

7 Northern Corsica also uses satellite services for forest fire management “Before [Satellite] services became available to us, our forestry agents were mapping burnt areas one by one, referencing their limits on foot in the field. The limited accessibility of certain areas was causing a lot of problems. Satellites offer a service that is both exhaustive and accurate.” Henri RETALI Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Directorate of N Corsica

8 Tarascon, FR Integrated crisis management Repeated disasters, European/national laws How to improve risk management strategy? Live supervision platform and ‘on the spot data collection’

9 Pazardzhik, BG Flood management A professional information system allows the region to correctly assess vulnerabilities and plan the management of risk Improvement of the administrative capacity to use and manage information to fulfill EC directives (Flood directive) mandatory for all the countries of EU.

10 Morecambe Bay, UK Flood management satellite imagery to monitor and modelise floods & assess impact of works on environment reinforcement work of the bay, while limiting impact on environment

11 Souss-Massa, MOR Desertification management Satellite maps help the authorities identify changes: evolution of forestry surface, extension of irrigated zones and urbanised areas, evolution of water surfaces etc. With the help of this information a strategy could be set up to tackle the ongoing desertification of the region (impoverishment of vegetation, soil erosion, aggradation etc.) The results so far are positive: the set objectives in terms of reforestation, water and soil conservation have been reached ahead of schedule

12 “Development and technology enjoy an uneasy relationship: within development circles there is a suspicion of technology-boosters as too often people promoting expensive, inappropriate fixes that take no account of development realities. Indeed, the belief that there is a technological silver bullet that can “solve” illiteracy, ill health or economic failure reflects scant understanding of real poverty. Yet if the development community turns its back on the explosion of technological innovation in food, medicine and information, it risks marginalizing itself and denying developing countries opportunities that, if harnessed effectively, could transform the lives of poor people and offer breakthrough development opportunities to poor countries. ” UNDP Human Development Report 2001

13 Satellite services and development cooperation (1) Climate change is a global problem which requires mutual support (Copenhagen Accord) The EU is working on extending GMES to Africa to reinforce African capacities on climate change Satellite services are particularly adapted for development cooperation  no terrestrial infrastructure needed  experiences easily transferable and quickly accessible The emphasis lies on sustainable capacity building

14 Satellite services and development cooperation (2) Local and regional authorities are the appropriate level to tackle risks induced by climate change, to exchange good practices and to provide capacity building Eurisy offers to be a free of charge ressource for local and regional authorities to learn more about satellite-based applications and their implementation Eurisy conducts grassroots approach and facilitates dialogue between regions and satellite service professionals

15 About Eurisy European not for profit association (*1989), > 30 members and associate members including the EC, ESA, and European most national space agencies Mission: anchoring the benefits of space to society Eurisy Programme for Regions: supporting regions and cities in making the most of satellite services –31/5-1/6 ‘Climate change’, Ljubljana, Slovenia Eurisy Programme for European Neighbourhood: facilitating exchanges between confirmed/potential users (such as regions, cities, SMEs) & service providers from Europe and its neighbourhood for development cooperation –14-15/10 ‘Sustainable development in the Mediterranean’, Rabat, Morocco – Programme on ‘Satellite applications for sustainable development in Africa’ Role: neutral facilitator; connecting stakeholders – often for the first time – to promote horizontal synergies

16 Thank you.


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