Training Workshop on Geospatial Information Applications for Drought Monitoring
The training was jointly organized by UNESCAP and ARTSA with active support from the three service nodes of the Regional Drought Mechanism that is China, India and Thailand as well as Asian Institute of Technology.
ESCAP is providing technical support to the Government of Myanmar as part of its capacity building initiative under the Regional Drought Mechanism to build the capacity of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Ministry of Transport and Communications, Government of Myanmar and to understand the use of GIS technology and earth observation data for drought monitoring and assessment. A number of tools are being customized to support evidence-based decision making in Myanmar, including DroughtWatch for improved decision-making. This training is a follow-up of the previous training course on the “Introduction to the use of geospatial information technology for drought risk management” that was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 5-8 February 2018. During the course of the training, the Drought Monitoring System (DMS) that was developed by the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was customized in Myanmar conditions for effective monitoring of drought. Dr. Kyaw Moo Oo, Director General of DMH further followed up with UNESCAP and requested for an advance level training of the Drought Monitoring System (DMS) to further build the capacity of DMH staff in using as well as improving the DMS as necessary.