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GEO 2016 transitional Work Program

 

GEO-DARMA = Data Access for Risk Management

Activity ID: 49

Overview

GEO-DARMA aims at addressing priorities of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 using Earth observations (EO). GEO-DARMA will facilitate the sustained provision of accurate EO-based risk information products and services to national and local decision-makers in political and socio-economic sectors, to implement disaster risk reduction and resilience measures, during all disaster risk management phases, whenever those products and services require satellite EO combined with other sources of data (in-situ ground observations, socio-economic, model outputs). The ultimate goal is to establish an inclusive, comprehensive process to address local DRR requirements by using EO technologies efficiently. Long-term outcomes of GEO-DARMA are to foster the use of EO data and EO-based risk information by end users and to increase awareness within donor agencies of the promise of EO solutions. EO-related capacity building is a key challenge in many developing countries. GEO-DARMA includes a capacity building component both at the outset, from the project initiators towards early pilot countries, and throughout the project, as knowledge gained in the early phases is transferred between pilot countries and the GEO-DARMA effort is extended from early adopters to other countries in region.

Until recently, stakeholders involved in disaster risk management (DRM), including space agencies, have focused their efforts mainly on the response phase, immediately after the crisis. Independent studies from organisations including the World Bank and the European Commission have indicated that for every $1 invested in disaster prevention, $4 to $7 are saved in disaster response.

Progress in every aspect of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) requires strong international collaboration given limited capacities and resources. GEO-DARMA aims at supporting the practical implementation of some critical elements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The broad goal is to define and implement end-to-end solutions that respond to the real needs of the user community. Space EO technology presents new opportunities in this area of work; the challenge is matching such capabilities to those end users most urgently in need. GEO-DARMA will facilitate the sustained provision of accurate EO-based risk information products and services to national and local decision-makers in political and socio-economic sectors, to implement disaster risk reduction and resilience measures, during all disaster risk management phases, whenever those products and services require satellite EO combined with other sources of data (in-situ ground observations, socio-economic, model outputs). The ultimate goal is to establish an inclusive, comprehensive process to address local DRR requirements by using EO technologies efficiently. Long-term outcomes of GEO-DARMA are to foster the use of EO data and EO-based risk information by end-users (e.g. Civil protection agencies, and other agencies and ministries at the national level) and to increase awareness within Donor agencies of the promise of space solutions.

The development and subsequent improvement of prototype solutions for a smaller set of initial target countries will also benefit to the neighbouring countries with marginal additional efforts through capacity building activities. EO-related capacity building is a key challenge in many developing countries. GEO-DARMA includes a capacity building component both at the outset, from the project initiators towards early pilot countries, and throughout the project, as knowledge gained in the early phases is transferred between pilot countries and the GEO-DARMA effort is extended from early adopters to other countries in region.

GEO-DARMA aims to increase the availability and accuracy of risk related information to allow decision makers to simulate the impact of risk reduction measures and make informed decisions about risk reduction investment. In the long term, national and local users will benefit from a more accurate risk-information in complement to their other tools, helping to take appropriate DRR and resilience measures.

Previous development and results

The initiative will leverage on-going projects and initiatives as much as possible through improved coordination. For instance, relevant outcomes and experience from the CEOS Flood, Volcano and Seismic Hazard Pilots and the Recovery Observatory will be included and improved on; GEO-DARMA may become a mechanism to ensure successful elements of early pilots find a path towards sustainability. In each region, the GEO-DARMA team will examine past experience and identify elements that can be built on.

Partners

Point of contact: Ivan. Petiteville, CEOS ivan.petiteville@esa.int
The accomplishment of the task will require the active support of major stakeholders in the field of DRM at global, regional and national level in order to implement a series of pilot projects.
The partnership will be constructed progressively according to the implementation needs and phases.
The Partners sought for GEO-DARMA will be typically from the following groups:

  • International and regional stakeholders knowledgeable about regional issues related to disaster risk management such as relevant UN agencies, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Development banks, etc …
  • National institutions and agencies
  • Representatives from the end user communities
  • EO and non-EO data providers:
    • Satellite data providers such as CEOS Agencies (incl. major space agencies in the world) and commercial satellite operators when possible.
    • Other EO data and information providers
    • Providers of risk and other relevant information derived from EO data
    • Practitioners – Value added information providers including private sector
    • Scientists

Activities description

The partners will identify and assess the critical needs of the participating disaster management communities and establish priorities. GEO-DARMA will begin by selecting a few user’s defined priority themes, building on strong elements from existing initiatives and choosing those elements most likely to be scalable at a regional and global level. Once the usefulness of the implemented prototypes has been demonstrated in a few countries, the extension to neighbouring areas could be envisaged whenever applicable.

Resources

Each stakeholder engaged in the GEO-DARMA initiative will be requested to actively contribute to the various phases on a voluntary basis with contributions in kind.
The number and nature of projects to be started in the prototyping and operational phases will depend on the recommendations made by the Regional Institutions, on their assessment by the GEO-DARMA contributors and on the resources that can be allocated by the potential implementers.

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