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19.02.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Disaster risk prevention and EO imagery application

Wikimedia Commons - Western part of Lake Skadar

The IncREO technical workshop scheduled from 21-22 February in Venice, Italy, is organised by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe with the aim to coordinate the implementation of project activities, with particular emphasis on the working packages related to global risk vulnerability modelling and mapping, and correlated end-users packages. The identified hot spots for risk and the demonstrative test areas are Lake Skadar (Albania), the Alpago mountain area of the Veneto region and the upper Tagliamento river of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region (Italy).

IncREO - Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation is a collaborative project under the call FP7-SPACE-2012-1 in support of emergency response management and risk-preparedness. Its overall objective is to provide actors responsible for disaster management, risk prevention, civil protection and also spatial planning with EO-based solutions contributing particularly to an improved preparedness and mitigation planning for areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters and already noticeable climate change trends. These solutions will be adjusted to the users’ and end-users’ needs and will also reflect on short-term climate change scenarios and related legislature - at the national, supranational and European level. The IncREO project kicked off this year at a meeting at EC/REA in Brussels, Belgium, on 23-24 January.

The technical workshop in Venice will involve project partners and end-users in order to jointly develop a concept for global geo-information products for risk prevention and preparedness through EO imagery elaboration. The concept should then lead to the development of maps to be technically specified and made available to the selected end-users who will have to test the products and deploy them in order to achieve higher societal benefits in the area of disaster risk prevention and reduction.

Since the setting up of multi-stakeholders consultation and cooperation platforms is necessary for fine tuning the mapping system development process, a number of representatives of the epistemic community and emergency responders will take part in the workshop, specifically: Ministry of Interior, General directorate for Civil Emergency, Albania; CIMA Research Foundation – International Centre on Environmental Monitoring (working on the capacity building of Albania in prediction); Civil Protection Department of the Veneto region (multiple risk); OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics); Civil Protection Agency of the Veneto region, Italy; University of Lausanne; and, CNR-IRPI (National Research Council of Italy - Institute of Research for Hydrogeological Protection).

Besides UNESCO, official INCREO partners will join the workshop: GeoVille Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung GmbH. (Austria); Spot Image S.A. SISA (France-Project Coordinator); Geomer GmbH (Germany); Infoterra GmbH (Germany); and, UNU-DRM Centre for Spatial Analysis and Disaster Risk Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University Twente (Netherlands).

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