News in 2013

The Value of Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID) Booklet Launch

Vienna, Austria, 3 September 2013

On 3 September 2013, ICSU-GeoUnions, JBGIS and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER presented a new report which shows the economic, humanitarian and organizational benefits of applying Geoinformation to disaster management. The report "The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID): Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment" was edited by headed Orhan Altan and a team of Editors (Robert Backhaus, Piero Boccardo, Fabio Giulio Tonolo, John Trinder, Niels van Manen, Sisi Zlatanova). The publication aims to raise awareness and to help set priorities in research and development.

The VALID report is a follow-up publication to the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER published ‘Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices’, a compilation of case studies that provides information on what can be done with Geoinformation in support of disaster and risk management – methods, systems, applications, experiences. It analyses cases and offers an expert stakeholder assessment.

This was a big success Speakers at the presentation included Mazlan Othman, Director of UNOOSA, Orhan Altan , George Gartner (PR of ICA and representative of JBGIS), Alik Ismail-Zadeh (SG of IUGG and representative of ICSU GeoUnions) as well as Robert Backhaus and Luc St-Pierre of UN-SPIDER.

The publication can be downloaded freely by the  (9MB) or
without login for the full 30 MB version

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From left to right: Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Representative of ICSU-GEOUNIONS; George Gartner, Representative of JBGIS; Mazlan Othman, Director of UNOOSA and Deputy Director-General of UNOV; Orhan Altan, Istanbul Technical University-ISPRS 1st VP; Robert Backhaus, United Nations Platform for Space based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER/DLR)

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The Launch of the report.

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Representatives of the Societies and Unions with editors O. Altan and R. Backhaus

19 September 2013