Experts From The EU Directorate In Charge Of Civil Protection And Humanitarian Aid Visit The Algerian Space Agency

Algeria Satellite Development Center Oran

Experts from the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), in coordination with the Directorate General of Civil Protection (DGPC), organized a visit on June 12, 2019, to the headquarters of the Algerian Space Agency in Algiers.

As part of the administrative arrangement on civil protection and disaster risk management signed between the specialised structure of the European Commission and the CPB, this expert mission in Algiers was scheduled to establish a diagnosis on the system of prevention and management of national disasters, and to make recommendations including training and expertise.

During this visit, a technical presentation on the contribution of the space tools in the management of the risks of natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, forest fires, locust control, desertification etc) was made by the managers of ASAL.

This communication dealt with the major natural disasters in the country, namely: the Boumerdes earthquake in 2003, the Ghardaia floods in 2008, El Bayadh in 2011, El Tarf in 2012, Ain Guezzam and Berriane in 2018, Illizi in 2019, as well as the contribution of satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems to the study and analysis of damage.

ASAL also highlighted the activities of the Algiers Regional Support Office (RSO) of the United Nations Programme on ” Use of Spatially Generated Information for the Management of Major Disasters: UN-SPIDER emergency situations”, covering the North Africa and Sahel sub-regions.

To this extent, ASAL, which coordinates the activities of the Algiers RSO, proved that it had been able to provide satellite data and value-added products and provide training sessions for the benefit of different services of the CPB.

Various topics were discussed during the meeting, notably natural disaster prevention systems as well as the process of implementing emergency mapping against these scourges.

This article is adapted from ASAL's press release.

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