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A delegation from Yangon, Myanmar, composed of 7 representatives led by Colonel Tin Aung Tun, Minister for Security & Border Affairs, visited its project partners in Torino in the week from May 22 to 26.
It is a very busy September for ITHACA staff who is participating to various international events addressing the topics of disaster risk reduction and emergency management.
On February 4 a delegation composed of 6 representatives of public institutions involved in urban mobility form the city of Yangon visited Ithaca premises as part of their mission to Torino planned within the SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning) project.
Following the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, the Rapid Mapping module of the COPERNICUS emergency management service, for which ITHACA is production site since 2012, was activated for mapping the areas hit by the catastrophe.
AREAS+ second call for applications period has been extended until February 22nd 2015 for EUROPEAN APPLICANTS only. Applications are open for mobility to one of the Asian partner universities (check HERE for the full list).
On October 20 ITHACA started a 3-week specialization module on GIS and GPS systems for 3 Ethiopian trainees in the framework of the WATSAM project, coordinated by Hydroaid - Water for Development Management Institute.
The AREAS+ project is coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino and financed by the European Union in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme.
International NGOs and the UN will bring aid in the field using disaster maps issued by the the European Commission's Copernicus Emergency Management Service soon after Typhoon Haiyan violently struck the Philippines on the 8th of November. The first damage assessment maps show the most affected areas of Tacloban City.
The AREAS+ project, coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino, has kicked-off last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where all the partners gathered together for its launch.
On May 16th ITHACA and the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a collaboration within which both èarties may develop common activities aimed at sharing knowledge and innovative methodologies in the use of geoinformation for disaster risk management combined with numerical weather prediction (NWP) and hydrodynamic capabilities.
The event lies within the Science Weeks initiative, organized by Centro Scienza, with the aim to foster and nourish people's interest in science. In the months of May and June, Torino will host events and projects which will encourage the great public to discover more about scientific research and its effects on everyday life.
EuropeAid finances a 3-year grant for the project «Environmental protection and sustainable development: building local capacities on solid waste management in Myanmar». ITHACA will be collaborating in a EU-cofunded project led by the City of Torino, in partnership with the City of Yangon and CESVI Onlus. The project is expected to build up local authorities technical and institutional capacities in the field of solid waste management, through the creation of an updated geographic information system and contributing to the community awareness on best practices. Visit also: Città di Torino AMIAT CESVI Onlus
From 29 November to 2 December 2012 ITHACA will be present at PROTEC ITALIA within Politecnico di Torino exhibiting space.
The Researchers' Night is an event bringing together the public at large and researchers. It occurs annually on the fourth Friday of September all over Europe. This year’s edition will take place in 320 European cities in 32 countries. Its main objective is to reveal scientists and science in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In the framework of the partnership between the World Bank and the Government of Malawi for flood risk reduction in the Shire River Basin, ITHACA has been appointed technical consultant for the development and implementation of a web-based data sharing tool based on GeoNode (http://geonode.org/), the free and open-source software which is being used in a number of other OpenDRI projects in the region and around the world.
ITHACA, in consortium with the leading Italian e-Geos, the German GAF and the French SIRS, is in charge of the provision of mapping products to be delivered to the authorized users active in the field of crisis management in the EU Member States, in addition to the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the Commission's Directorates-General (DGs) and the participating executive agencies and international humanitarian aid.
As associate partner in the AREAS project, ITHACA offers the opportunity to Asian students to undertake a study period in Torino, Italy, in the field of geomatics for emergency management: remote sensing techniques, spatial data management and analysis, cartography, rapid mapping, early warning systems development.
In consortium with 5 European partners, Ithaca submitted a proposal to the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development in the theme “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotecnologies”.