In a conversation with the UN News Centre,
For example, space technology is instrumental in effective disaster management as well as in monitoring the effects of climate change. Following a hurricane or earthquake, satellite maps show the extent of damage and can help reduce the vulnerabilities that families experience in the wake of disaster or climate-related events.
“Satellite imagery can help monitor the changes, the evolution, the constraints, the risks that populations, infrastructure, and the environment face,” explained
“By being better prepared, we can certainly reduce the vulnerability of families and the impacts of those disasters,” he added.
UN-SPIDER (Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response) enables the
In the case of the 2015 earthquake in
“We are developing collaborations to make sure that the information is discoverable and accessible by governments so that they have the capacity to develop their own plans and response strategy. We do that specifically with developing countries,” said
Space is important to sustainable development,” he emphasized, “because it is a set of tools that help countries plan to reach the goals they have committed to and also measure their progress.”
SOURCE UN News Centre