GGPEN Presents Technological Solutions to Prevent Natural Disasters at SPCB Workshop

The Ministry of Interior’s Civil Protection and Fire Service (SPCB) organised a workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) today, 17 November 2021. SPCB organised the workshop to commemorate SPCB day and it alludes to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The workshop’s primary purpose was to increase awareness regarding the need for public, private, academic and civil society involvement in understanding and mitigating risk vulnerability. The awareness was also to align different development programs in the context of risk reduction.

During the workshop, Angola’s space agency, Gabinete de Gestão Espacial Nacional (GGPEN), discussed its product potential and service package. The agency further emphasised its Satellite Data Explorer for Drought Monitoring (Angola Drought Data Explorer) product. It is a web tool developed together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The product presents environmental, economic, political and technological analysis related to the drought in Cunene province.

In this first development phase, the Satellite Data Explorer for Drought Monitoring presents thirteen variables of environmental model components. These include mapping, location and temporal distribution of surface waters and precipitation anomalies. It also includes standardised precipitation indices and elements fundamental for managing water resources and monitoring droughts. In addition, the tool’s second phase will consist of elements of droughts and floods prediction.

During the exhibition, Chief Firefighter Commissioner, Bensau Mateus, showed his deep interest in the products’ usefulness and services. He also emphasised that the SPCB considered the GGPEN a strategic partner in product development regarding satellite technology for disaster risk reduction.

The workshop saw participants from various partners working in product development and health management. They included Representatives from the National Civil Protection Commission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It also included the Operational Council of the Civil Protection and Fire Service and the UN Populations Fund (UNFPA). This participation aimed to reinforce the importance of cooperation for enriching knowledge. Furthermore, they sought to improve exchanging experience and know-how between institutions and organisations in Angola.

At the workshop’s end, Commissioner Manuel Lutango, Deputy Commander of the Civil Protection and Fire Service, expressed gratitude to the participants. In addition, he stressed that there was still a lot to do regarding risk reduction and disasters. He added that it was necessary to update and define new strategies to impact citizens’ lives within Sendai’s priorities and goals.