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Eye on Disaster Management

Quarterly update

There is a clear need for better preparedness, planning and mitigation so that efforts in response and recovery are more effective. GIS can play a fundamental role in helping to understand the risk, prioritize activities to mitigate that risk, and bring the community together to achieve the same.

This initiative combines technology and expertise contributions of private sector companies, alignment with and strengthening of existing governmental, intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder programs, and direct cooperation with international financial institutions, development aid agencies and foundations to help target countries and communities as well as develop the human, institutional and technical frameworks and SDI needed to better plan for and respond to natural disasters. This initiative aligns and strengthens existing efforts where they are underway, and will establish new programs where they are most needed.


The Eye on Disaster Management Special Initiative (SI) aims to:

  • Prepare and disseminate a “sound practice” conceptual framework for effective disaster management information infrastructure that will provide a reference model for the development of information infrastructure and associated systems that can enable more effective disaster reduction and recovery within countries.
  • Identify and, as needed, support, successful examples of integrated disaster management information infrastructure. Establish a public-private partnership of commitments bringing together the international finance institutions and development aid agencies and the private sector to build or strengthen information infrastructure to support more effective disaster reduction and recovery, especially within the most needful countries and communities.
  • Establish a framework that will enhance and sustain synergies within the disaster risk and recovery information community of practice to share ideas, methods, information and mutual technical support and advice.
Who’s involved?

The stakeholders of the initiative include: Association of American Geographers (AAG), Gaia Geosystems, Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NECMA), Ushahidi, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), United States Environment Protection Authority (USEPA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

These institutions and individuals are all engaged on a regular basis through stakeholder calls as well as face to face meetings to discuss and move forward on common shared projects and issues within the initiative.

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