United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Space Applications for Sustainable Development to Support the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
 
"Water for the World: Space Solutions for Water Management"
Graz, Austria, 13-16 September 2005

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Online Presentations and Papers

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Tuesday, 13 September 2005
Opening session
Chairperson: W. Riedler (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Welcome / Opening Remarks W. Baumjohann,
Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences
 
P. Piffle-Percevic,
City of Graz and State of Styria
 
S. Camacho,
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Objectives of the Symposium S. Sulaymanov, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Powerpoint Presentation
 
Keynote addresses
Chairperson: V. Singhroy, Canada
  Combining global water cycle observations and science to address issues related to the protection and development of the world's water resources
R. Lawford, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States of America
Powerpoint Presentation
  The GEO user requirements approach to achieving societal benefits
V. Singhroy, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canada
Powerpoint Presentation
 
  Press Conference
 
Press Release-English
Press Release-German
 
Protecting and restoring water resources
Chairperson: V. Singhroy, Canada
  Protecting and restoring water resources in the Americas
O. Cosenza, Ministry of Agriculture, Honduras
Powerpoint Presentation
  Protecting and restoring water resources in the Caucasus
Z. Jincharadze, UNDP/SIDA Project "Reducing Trans-boundary Degradation of Kura-Aras"
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Protecting and restoring water resources (continued)
Chairperson: R. Lawford, United States of America
  Space technology for integrated water resources management of the Lake Chad Basin: the pilot project implementation plan for Lake Chad basin
G. Sambo, Lake Chad Basin Commission
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Implementation Plan
  Space information for water and drought risk management
K. Muminov, Space Research Centre, Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan
Powerpoint Presentation
  Space technology for water resources management in Morocco
A. Er-Raji, Royal Centre for Remote Sensing, Morocco
Powerpoint Presentation
  Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integration in the model for river basin environment management in Northern Vietnam
M. Tran, Institute of Geography, Academy of Natural Science and Biotechnology, Vietnam
Powerpoint Presentation
  Scientific solutions for protecting and restoring water resources
W. Garner, International Atomic Energy Agency
Powerpoint Presentation
  Remote sensing in support of water resource management
P. Saccon, Institute for Water Resource Management, Hydrology and Geophysics, Joanneum Research, Austria
Powerpoint Presentation
  Irrigation Water Management In The United Arab Emirates ( Policy and Development )
Al-Assam, M.S. and Sattar, H.M., Ministry Of Agriculture & Fisheries -UAE
Powerpoint Presentation
  Discussion
  • Identify information and data requirements for efficient regional and national water resource management
  • Identify how space technology could contribute to water monitoring networks for improved water resources forecasting
  • Identify how space technology could contribute to the development of cost-effective mechanisms for restoring degraded aquatic habitats and protecting these rehabilitated systems
 
Wednesday, 14 September 2005
Low-cost space-based technology, data and information for addressing water challenges in developing countries
Chairperson: P. Saccon, Austria
  Low cost remote sensing data for water resource management
S. Vibulsresth, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Thailand
Powerpoint Presentation
  Low cost telecommunications and electronic data transfer systems
O. Koudelka, Joanneum Research, Austria
Powerpoint Presentation
  Low-cost mapping tools for managing water hazards at the community level: the case of developing countries
A. Retiere, United Nations Organization Satellite (UNITAR/UNOSAT)
Powerpoint Presentation
  Low cost software for interpretation of satellite data
L. Fusco, European Space Agency
Powerpoint Presentation
  Discussion:
  • Identify information requirements and availability of affordable space-based data
  • Identify functional partnerships that would deliver quality information for decision-making in real time and at low cost
  • Other matters
 
Developing and funding projects
Chairperson: S. Donkor, Economic Commission for Africa
  Developing projects that use space technologies for provision of safe drinking water
P. G. Diwakar, Indian Space Research Organisation, India
Powerpoint Presentation
  Developing and funding projects for water management in Samoa
P. Kerslake, Samoa Water Authority, Samoa
Powerpoint Presentation
  Funding projects in water resource management: a World Bank perspective
J. Ingram, World Bank
Powerpoint Presentation
  Funding projects in Africa
S. Donkor, Economic Commission for Africa
Powerpoint Presentation
  Team projects at the International Space University relating to water resource management
O. Abraham, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education, Nigeria
Powerpoint Presentations
  Towards integrated water management in Africa: space technologies for bridging the water information gap
L. Fusco, European Space Agency
Powerpoint Presentation
  Follow-up exercise to UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on "Water for the World: Space Solutions for Water Management", Graz, Austria, 13 - 16 September 2004
S. Sulaymanov, United Nation
Powerpoint Presentation
  Discussion
  • Identify financial requirements for projects aimed at using space technology to protect and restore water resources
  • Identify potential sources of funding for projects that use space-based data and information for water resource management
  • Other matters
 
Thursday, 15 September 2005
Managing the humanitarian consequences of water-related disasters through the use of space technologies
Chairperson: S. Vibulsresth, Thailand
  Remote sensing in the aftermath of large water-related disasters: from relief to development, examples from hurricane Mitch and the Indian Ocean Tsunami
A. Retiere, United Nations Organization Satellite (UNITAR/UNOSAT)
Powerpoint Presentation
  Space capabilities to support the prediction and management of the humanitarian consequences of water-related disasters
P. Zeil, Centre for Geoinformatics, Austria
Powerpoint Presentation
  Satellite image capabilities to support the management of water related disasters and groundwater exploration
V. Singhroy, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canada
Powerpoint Presentation
  Modelling forest fire hazards in the Lake Chad Basin watershed
G. Sambo, Lake Chad Basin Commission
Powerpoint Presentation
  Application of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for flood monitoring and assessment in the Mekong River and Central Vietnam
M. Tran, Institute of Geography, Academy of Natural Science and Biotechnology, Vietnam
Powerpoint Presentation
  Discussion:
  • Identify how space technology could contribute to the development of emergency preparedness and disaster response plans for floods, droughts, and water infrastructure failures
  • Other matters
 
Improving water sanitation and health through space systems
Chairperson: F. Benoit, Haiti
  Space applications for telemedicine
F. Feliciani, European Space Agency
Powerpoint Presentation
  Space capabilities for improving water sanitation
P. G. Diwakar, Indian Space Research Organisation, India
Powerpoint Presentation
  Discussion:
  • Identify water sanitation and health challenges that could be addressed with the help of space-based data and information
  • Other matters
 
Building capacity for the application of space technologies for water-related challenges
Chairperson: W. Riedler, Austria
  Building capacity in the application of remote sensing to water resources management in Africa
A. Lipponen, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Powerpoint Presentation
  United Nations training opportunities in space applications
S. Sulaymanov, United Nations
Powerpoint Presentation
  Space science application initiatives in India in the area of water resources
V. M. Rao, National Institute of Rural Development, India
Powerpoint Presentation
Imagery
Process Methodology
Urban Mapping
Maps of India
Village Level GIS
  Discussion:
  • Identify capacity-building needs for increasing the use of space technology in water resource management in developing countries
  • Other matters
 
Friday, 16 September 2005
Enhancing the participation of women in decision-making on water resource management
  Panel discussion to be moderated by E. Okeke, Nigeria
  Panel members:
E. Okeke, Nigeria
O. Roswintiarti, Indonesia
K. Jamtsho, Bhutan
Z. Jincharadze, Georgia
M. Schoenerklee, Austria
 
 
Conclusions and recommendations of the Symposium
Chairperson: S. Camacho, United Nations
  Organization of work
  Informal consultations of the chairpersons
Preparation of the reports by the chairpersons of the sessions
  Report by the Chairpersons
  Discussion:
  • Assess the practical benefits of the follow-up actions resulting from the symposiums and their contributions to the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
  Conclusions and recommendations
 
 
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