The Training Course on Environment and Disaster Monitoring through Space Technology was held from 22 November to 1 December 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was jointly sponsored and organized by APSCO Secretariat, MOD and SPARRSO of Bangladesh. There were 24 participants from nine Member States and Signatory State of APSCO, namely Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey, and one from interested country like Afghanistan who was sponsored by UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
The principal objectives of the training program were to introduce the concept on principles, technologies and applications of space technology for environment and disaster monitoring, and to promote fruitful applications of integrated space technology to ensure human safety, security and benefits. Case study on operational applications of space technology for environment and disaster monitoring, disaster management and emergency response were also introduced.
In total, 14 experts/lecturers were invited to give their lectures in the training course and among them seven from Bangladesh, three from China, and one each from Indonesia, Iran and Mongolia. A whole day workshop on ”°Best Practices for Environment and Disasters Monitoring”± took place during the training course, at which the group presentation was made by each participating country. In addition, the four ”°key-note”± presentations had been made by the representatives from APSCO Secretariat, UN-SPIDER, Ministry of Environment and Forest and Ministry of Disaster Management of Bangladesh.
An Open-House Discussion took place on various issues of space technology for environment and disaster monitoring. The participants expressed their satisfaction for all sorts of arrangement of the training course. They also emphasized that international and regional cooperation on space technology and application through education and training might be enhanced under the platform of APSCO.