Nov 05, 2015

NASA, USAID Launch Environmental Information Hub

NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have released a joint project to strengthen regional natural recognition in five countries in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

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“Today, NASA demonstratethe human effect of its science mission here on Earth and our dedication to protective the resources, the surrounding and millions of people living, operating and raising new generations of pioneers and innovators across the region,” said NASA head Charles Bolden.

NASA, USAID and their accomplices work SERVIR centers in capital of Nepal and in Nairobi, Kenya, serving eastern and southern Africa.
Researchers draw on a continuous stream of space-based atmosphere, climate and other Earth observation data from NASA and its partners, sharing timely information with governments and researchers in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

They addressed issues like water management, land use arranging, disaster risk reduction and management of natural resources.

The SERVIR program helps governments and development partners join Earth observations and geospatial technologies into natural disaster response, improve food security, shield human health, and manage water and natural resources.

Hubs in every region focus on issues and needs most critical to native populations.

“Under SERVIR-Mekong, we are tapping into the best available science and technology to help protect this region’s vital ecosystems and also the edges they supplyto society,” noted Beth Paige, director of USAID’s regional development mission for Asia.

“Already, Asian scientists, NASA scientists and others are beginning to develop tools to build resilience and contribute to tackling some of the region’s most pressing challenges,” he said.

SERVIR was developed in coordination with the Group on Earth Observations, an alliance of more than 90 nations and organisations collaborating to build a global Earth-observing system to benefit society’s needs.