Presentation on theme: "The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as a user of Frédéric ZANETTA, disaster information senior officer, operations support."— Presentation transcript:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as a user of Frédéric ZANETTA, disaster information senior officer, operations support department Seminar on Kopernikus – Galileo for potential users October 9, 2008 - Brussels, Belgium
0 To improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity The world's largest humanitarian organization
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 186 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1862 “National Societies” International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1919 “International Federation” International Committee of the Red Cross “ICRC” ICRC
National Societies act as auxiliaries to the public authorities of their own countries in the humanitarian field. They provide a range of services including disaster relief, health and social programmes, and assistance to people affected by war. National Societies what they do
Four core Areas Promotion of fundamental principles and humanitarian values Disaster response Disaster preparedness Health and care in the community Mission Serving National Societies Leading and inspiring the Federation Strategic directions Responsive and focused Well-functioning National Societies Working together effectively Role Serving leader Secretariat focus
Operations support department International response tools Disater Management Information System Information management Maps Disaster Relief Emergency Fund Field Assessment and Coordination Team Emergency Respond Unit
Main challenges 100 % increase in number of disaster in the last 4 years Increase in climatic anomalies
Two problems 1.Data availability 2.Analysis of satellite imagery Both can be solved with Respond
What is Respond for a user Respond is one of ESA’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) projects Respond is an alliance of European and International organisations working with the humanitarian community to improve access to maps, satellite imagery and geographic information.
When info drives to action For the last 5 years, this led to… 372 DREF, more than 35 millions € 123 emergency appeals, more than 1 billion € 38 FACT deployment 78 ERU deployment In response to 1939 disasters
Conclusion Good information as proposed by Respond allows us to offer a better, more adapted and faster response to disasters.