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EvIDENz Workshop in South Africa 2018

The EvIDENz stakeholder workshop on Earth observation-based information products for drought risk on a national basis took place between June 4th and 8th 2018 in the cities of Pretoria and Bisho in South Africa. The event was organised by the Disaster and Emergency Management Training and Education Centre (DiMTEC) of the University of the Free State (UFS) and UN-SPIDER in cooperation with ZFL, UNU-EHS and the National Disaster Management Centre of South Africa (NDMC).

The event included a session of training to present to the users the workflows and methods developed by the EvIDENz group based on remote sensing datasets to evaluate the risk associated with droughts and their socio-economic impact on the livelihoods of people that depend on agriculture and livestock in the province of Eastern Cape. ZFL also presented drought risk maps showing the degree of severity of droughts on crop and grasslands for Eastern Cape. The main focus of these activities was to support the implementation of the SFDRR (Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030) at a provincial and national level in the monitoring of the impact of droughts in the agricultural sector.

Participants included people from several provincial disaster management centers, the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), the Department Of Water And Sanitation (DWS), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African Weather Service (SWS), the North-West University South Africa (NWU), the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) who actively participated in the discussions on methods.

If you want to learn more about the event visit the website http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/events/stakeholder-workshop-earth-observation-based-information-products-drought

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