The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) are organizing a five-day regional training titled “Asia-Oceania GEOSS Network for Capacity Building and Regional Sustainable Development: Agriculture and Disaster Monitoring in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 17–21 September 2018. The training is being sponsored by Asia-Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) and Himalayan GEOSS as part of their capacity building activities.
Asia-Oceania GEOSS is a regional cooperation initiative for the Asia-Oceania region working to strengthen the comprehensive ability of Earth Observation (EO) applications for sustainable development. Himalayan GEOSS is a sub-regional community initiative focusing on Hindu Kush Himalayan countries to promote EO for societal benefits. Both initiatives aim to establish an effective regional cooperation framework with broad participation, utilizing Earth observation resources and the ability of countries in the region to address major challenges related to the environment and society, such as natural disasters and, environmental changes towards achieving sustainable development.
In order to promote capacity building for access, analysis, and application of EO data in developing countries in the region, the training will focus on sharing knowledge and experiences on Earth observation and geospatial domains. The training workshop will consist of a series of theoretical lectures and practical exercises in selected topics covering agriculture and disaster monitoring, data processing, thematic applications, and data sharing platforms. It will also include discussions on new practices related to data, methodology, and processing . In addition to, discussing regional concerns, and practical exercises on data applications, there will be field work to demonstrate the use of selected remote sensing instruments.
The training aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for effective use of Earth observation and its applications in agriculture and disaster monitoring in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. This training will enhance the capacity of national institutes in ICIMOD’s regional member countries in the use of EO data to support decisions making in crop management and water related disaster risk reduction.