iMMAP Presents its Contributions to DRR in Afghanistan During National Conference

iMMAP highlights the power of timely and accurate data through remote sensing technologies and visualization systems to facilitate the work of our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) partners in Afghanistan

Mr. Ahmed Bayomie, iMMAP Afghanistan´s Senior Information Management Officer, presenting the work of iMMAP

The United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) in collaboration with the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) and Kabul University, organized a national conference titled Sustainable Ecosystem Management for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: From Mountains to Deserts.

The 2-day event, celebrated on March 25th and 26th, brought together officers from ANDMA and NEPA, United Nations representatives, donors, national and international NGOs, members of the Kabul University, and climate change experts in an attempt to strengthen the integration between Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), and sustainable management of ecosystems in Afghanistan to continue advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the agreements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

During the conference, participants addressed issues related to DRR and CCA in the country, such as the status of Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) and Environmental-based Adaptation (EbA), and they raised awareness on the benefits of including CCA principles into sustainable development projects as a cross-cutting theme.

Participants at the national conference

iMMAP presented its expertise in Afghanistan by introducing the tools and techniques employed to assist the operational decision-making of development and humanitarian partners when preparing for and responding to the negative consequences of climate change. Remote sensing, knowledge management, and data management cycle are the main areas of expertise of iMMAP, utilized instrumentally to support organizations in their work towards alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable communities, those that regularly face natural events such as floods, landslides, or droughts.

As part of the USAID OFDA-funded DRR program, iMMAP has a longstanding partnership with ANDMA and it is a member of the Early Warning Information Working Group (EWIWG), providing ongoing support to humanitarian and development stakeholders in Afghanistan through Vulnerability & Hazard Mapping services that, by using GIS and remote sensing technologies, allow us to detect and predict crucial information related to climate change and its consequences such as the Drought Severity, Drought Risk Probability, and the Vegetation Health Index, generating accurate estimations on the agricultural land and livelihoods potentially affected by droughts and dry spells.

Drough Severity, Drough Risk Probablity, and Drought Risk maps developed by iMMAP in Afghanistan

Thanks to the remote sensing and data analysis capabilities of the Afghanistan Spatial Data Center (ASDC), iMMAP provides information of areas at high risk of flooding in Afghanistan, which facilitates the work of our partners in allocating resources efficiently as part of their preparedness strategy, such as choosing the right locations for gabion walls and other mitigation structures. The ASDC also provides information on population and buildings for all of Afghanistan, providing crucial data for our partners to carry assessments on the damage suffered by buildings, population, and agricultural land during floods, thus strengthening their disaster response efforts.

iMMAP is also a key partner of the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC) through the provision of regular information management support to enhance their information products, data systems, GPS knowledge, and dashboarding capabilities. The iMMAP-developed ARC´s Community-Based Disaster Preparedness Plans Dashboard offers community-based information for DRR, including mitigation activities and structures Implemented versus those needed, before and after images on all action items in the communities, and hazards maps based on remote sensing data and the input from the local population.

Afghanistan Resilience Consortium´s Community-Based Disaster Preparedness Plans Dashboard, developed by iMMAP

Funded by USAID OFDA, iMMAP has been actively supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation efforts in Afghanistan since 2010. As a result of the information management services provided to the Afghan Government and the international community, organizations receive accurate and comprehensive data to plan and execute their preparedness and response operations more cost-effectively.

iMMAP is committed to making Afghanistan a more resilient place by supporting the government and other key partners in their efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and the the agreements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the country.