Sep 03, 2015

NASA and USAID Launch SERVIR-Mekong

NASA in collaboration with USAID launched a project to improve the regional environmental monitoring in five countries that lie in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

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The project SERVIR-Mekong has been housed at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The project joins the global community of scientists and decision-makers through publicly available data from space assets to address critical regional issues.

NASA administrator Charles Bolden, said, “Today, NASA demonstrates the human impact of its science mission here on Earth and our commitment to protecting the resources, the environment and millions of people living, working and raising new generations of pioneers and innovators across the region”.

As per reports, NASA, USAID and their partners operate SERVIR hubs in Kathmandu, Nepal and in Nairobi, Kenya, serving eastern and southern Africa.

Researchers using a continuous stream of space-based climate, weather and other Earth observation data from NASA and its partners, share timely information with governments and researchers located in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

They address issues such as water management, land use planning, disaster risk reduction and management of natural resources.

SERVIR was developed in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations, which is an alliance of more than 90 nations and organizations that have come together to build a global Earth-observing system to benefit the needs of the society.

The program helps governments and development stakeholders to incorporate earth observations and geospatial technologies into natural disaster response. It also helps to improve food and security, safeguard human health, and manage water and natural resources.