Announcement: Earth observation to benefit mountain communities of the Himalayan Region

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From 1 October till 7 October 2010, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will be hosting a series of events in Kathmandu, Nepal, in collaboration with several of our partners and supported by sponsors. The symposium/meetings/events will be attended by high level delegates comprising government officials, scientists, researchers, development practitioners, policy-makers, media representatives, and young people. Some 250 participants are expected from 24 countries from the region and abroad.

The main event is the International Symposium – Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region which will be held from 4 - 6 October at the Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza. Three other pre- and post meetings are being held to coincide with the main event. Brief details are provided below. For detailed information please refer to the symposium website: http://geoportal.icimod.org/symposium2010

 

1. Event: International Symposium - Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

Date: 4 - 6 October 2010

Venue: Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza

Coordinator: Basanta Shrestha, Division Head MENRIS, ICIMOD
                    <bshrestha@icimod.org>

Organisers: ICIMOD  
                   Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)

Brief: More than 250 delegates from 24 countries – scientists, researchers, development practitioners, policy makers and donors from the HKH region and beyond – will come together at this event. The main objective of the symposium is to foster regional and international cooperation to promote the use of and access to earth observation for improved scientific knowledge and understanding to support adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The seven sessions will cover (i) remote sensing of snow; (ii) remote sensing of glaciers; (iii) spatial decision support systems (DSS) for ecosystem management; (iv) space-based information for disaster management; (v) land cover change and carbon stocks; (vi) transboundary air pollution monitoring ; and (vii) spatial data infrastructure for climate change adaptation. An exhibition of relevant data and products and a poster pavilion will be organised in parallel with the technical sessions.  

Media: Media representatives are welcome to attend the Opening of this symposium on 4 October 2010 by confirming their interest to Ms Nira Gurung at ngurung@icimod.org

 

2. Event: Youth Forum – Empowering Youth with Earth Observation Information for Climate Actions in the Himalayas

Date: 1-6 October 2010

Venue: ICIMOD Training Hall

Coordinator: Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Environment Officer, ICIMOD
                    <bbanmali@icimod.org>

Organiser: ICIMOD

Brief: The Youth Forum aims to familiarise young people with the potential benefits of information derived from earth observation for addressing climate change related issues, and to provide a platform for sharing and learning of experiences related to climate change issues in the extended Himalayan region. The Forum is organised by ICIMOD and its Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA), and the GIS Society of Nepal, under the framework of the SERVIR Himalaya Youth Initiative; and is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Media: Media representatives are welcome to attend the Opening of the Youth Forum on 1 October 2010 by confirming their interest to Ms Nira Gurung at ngurung@icimod.org

 

3. Event:  Pre-symposium workshop on Space-based Information for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management

Date: 2-3 October 2010

Venue: ICIMOD Conference Hall

Coordinator: Amarnath Giriraj, Remote Sensing Specialist, ICIMOD
                    <agiriraj@icimod.org>

Organiser: ICIMOD

Brief: The pre-symposium workshop aims to build synergies with national, regional, and international initiatives for the use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction. The workshop will bring together national partners in ICIMOD member countries to explore the possibilities of hosting a regional platform for space-based information for disaster management for the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. On the occasion, the JAXA WINDS (Wideband InterNetworking Engineering Test and Demonstration Satellites ‘KIZUNA’) receiving station at ICIMOD will be inaugurated; it is intended to facilitate rapid access to satellite imagery and products during major disasters.

 

4. Event: SERVIR Himalaya Launch

Date: 5 October 2010

Venue: Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza /ICIMOD

Coordinator: Basanta Shrestha, Division Head MENRIS, ICIMOD

Organiser: ICIMOD

Brief: SERVIR Himalaya will be launched jointly by Mr Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator and Mr Michael Yates, Deputy Sr. Administrator in presence of delegates from ICIMOD’s regional member countries at the Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in the morning; a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at ICIMOD in the afternoon preceded by addresses from the Mr Charles F. Bolden Jr. and Mr Michael Yates. SERVIR is an earth observation, monitoring, and visualisation system that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision-making by managers, researchers, students, and the general public.

Media: Media representatives are welcome to attend the Addresses and the ribbon cutting ceremony at ICIMOD on 5 October 2010 afternoon by confirming it to Ms Nira Gurung at ngurung@icimod.org

 

5. Event:  SERVIR Himalaya Regional Inception workshop

Date: 7 October 2010

Venue: ICIMOD Training Hall

Coordinator: Birendra Bajracharya, GIS Specialist, ICIMOD
                    <bbajracharya@icimod.org>

Organiser: ICIMOD

Brief: SERVIR is an earth observation, monitoring, and visualisation system that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision-making by managers, researchers, students, and the general public. Initiated by NASA and USAID, SERVIR has been recognised by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as an early achiever of the GEO vision. SERVIR provides a model for building the capacity of countries to use earth observations and geospatial information technologies in regions around the world. The Regional Inception Workshop is being organised to introduce SERVIR-Himalaya to the stakeholders from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and engage them in the process of defining the needs for development and effective use of information products, services, and applications.