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The REACH Consortium comprises ACTED, IMPACT Initiatives and UNOSAT. REACH brings together and builds upon the complementary expertise and capacities of the three consortium partners at the global and country levels.
The issue of water scarcity is crucial in Chad. Agriculture and pastoralism concern more than two thirds of the country´s population which is very much dependent on rainfall. Establishing an active, durable and sovereign water resource management system is essential if Chad is to reach its development goals; and this is contingent upon transferring knowledge and building national capacity in this area. Better knowledge of water resources will also enhance the impact of development projects that are tied to good water management practices (healthcare, food security,…), thanks in part to more efficient planning for hydraulics projects and drilling campaigns. This knowledge is a strong foundation upon which to design development policies and support territorial planning.
The Disaster Mapping pilot project will teach volunteers to perform more in-depth analyses of the media (photos, video, and audio) coming out of a disaster, analyses that would usually require expert skills or experience.
UNOSAT has long utilized a variety of crowd-sourced data to support its imagery analysis and mapping activities. Already in 2006, UNOSAT, CERN and the University of Geneva joined hands to explore the potential of participatory mapping using CERN’s experiences on collaborative computing and collaborative thinking in particle physics. In July 2006 UNOSAT's first crowdsourcing experiment went public with the name of Africa@Home. Building on these efforts the three partners were joined by the University of California, Berkeley and other partners to create the Citizen Cyberscience Centre (CCC).
Capacity development and training are essential functions of UNOSAT with an aim to reduce the impact of disasters by making satellite solutions and the applications of geospatial technologies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) easily accessible to governments, regional and international organizations including the United Nations.
UNOSAT is home to an advanced centre of excellence for satellite imagery and data analysis operating since 2001.
The UNITAR Resilience and Diaster Risk Reduction activity area (R3) combines knowledge and experience of several UNITAR Programmes in supporting governments and local authorities in their respective substantive areas.