Introduction to MapAction

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A presentation about MapAction, the disaster mapping charity I volunteer for.
I gave this presentation at the geo un-conference w3gConf 2011.

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Introduction to MapAction

  1. 1. Introduction to MapAction W3gconf Nottingham September 2011 Chris Ewing Twitter: @web_gis
  2. 2. The Humanitarian Mapping Service
  3. 3. Some acronyms….. <ul><li>NGO – Non-Governmental Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>UN – United Nations </li></ul><ul><li>UNDAC – UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>OSOCC – On-Site Operations Coordination Centre </li></ul><ul><li>SAR – Search and Rescue </li></ul><ul><li>IM – Information Management </li></ul><ul><li>GIS – Geographical Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>GPS – Global Positioning Systems </li></ul><ul><li>W3 – Who, What, Where </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>MapAction is an international NGO that provides maps and other information services to help humanitarian relief organisations in the field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping (paper & digital) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Management </li></ul></ul>What we do…..
  5. 5. MapAction’s capability <ul><li>Within 24 hours a MapAction emergency team can be at the disaster scene, gathering data and issuing maps showing crucial information for responders </li></ul>
  6. 6. Maps are important for… <ul><li>Reference and navigation during the SAR & assessment phases of an emergency </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a ‘common operational picture’ </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting relief assistance: avoiding gaps and overlaps </li></ul>
  7. 7. Enabling technologies… <ul><ul><li>Satellite imagery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and communications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographical Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems (GIS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(GPS) </li></ul></ul>and the smart-phone…….maybe!
  8. 8. Support Base in UK <ul><li>Field Base in affected country </li></ul><ul><li>Collate/analyse info </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble data layers & produce maps </li></ul>Maps issued to relief agencies in field Maps uploaded to online platforms <ul><li>Field data collection with UN assessment groups </li></ul><ul><li>GPS survey </li></ul><ul><li>Mission mobilisation </li></ul><ul><li>Team alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Base map data </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment etc </li></ul>
  9. 9. MapAction Field bases UN offices (Jamaica) OSOCC set up by MapAction (Kenya) Tented field base OSOCC (Haiti) OSOCC by the pool (Namibia) Air conditioned luxury (Islamabad)
  10. 10. MapAction Volunteers Deployable volunteers Operational support and admin volunteers
  11. 11. MapAction’s operational partners <ul><li>Governments of affected countries </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Clusters </li></ul><ul><li>UN agencies </li></ul><ul><li>National and international Red Cross/Red Crescent </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster relief NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian donors </li></ul>
  12. 12. MapAction and UNDAC <ul><li>MapAction is an UNDAC support partner and has participated in many joint missions. </li></ul><ul><li>MapAction works at or near OSOCC </li></ul><ul><li>Engages with UNDAC IM function </li></ul><ul><li>On longer mission often work with local OCHA team and the Humanitarian Clusters. </li></ul>
  13. 13. MapAction support services <ul><li>Data collection, collation and analysis (with UNDAC IM function) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with field assessments (planning, navigation, GPS survey) </li></ul><ul><li>Design and setup of reference datasets – settlement locators, p-code tables, who-what-where </li></ul><ul><li>Map preparation and production </li></ul><ul><li>Advice to partner organisations for continued use of GIS during recovery phase </li></ul>
  14. 14. 2003 Lesotho food crisis 2004 Asian tsunami 2005 Niger famine 2005 Pakistan earthquake 2006 Suriname floods 2006 Java earthquake 2006 Dominican Rep hurricane 2006 Kenya floods 2007 Ghana floods 2007 Jamaica hurricane 2007 Mexico floods 2008 Bolivia floods 2008 Myanmar cyclone 2008 Haiti hurricanes 2009 Namibia floods 2009 Pakistan IDP crisis 2009 Sri Lanka post-conflict 2009 Benin floods 2009 Burkina Faso floods 2009 Philippines typhoon 2009 Sumatra earthquake 2009 El Salvador floods 2010 Albania floods 2010 Haiti earthquake 2010 Pakistan Landslide 2010 Pakistan Floods 2010 Hurricane Tomas 2011 Libya 2011 Japan 2011 Ivory Coast Operational experience
  15. 15. Map products <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Topographic </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic </li></ul><ul><li>Hazard / risk assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics (routes / navigation) </li></ul><ul><li>Impact assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Situation overview </li></ul><ul><li>Evacuation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>W3 – Who, What, Where </li></ul>
  16. 16. Transferring know-how <ul><li>MapAction is strongly committed to transferring our know-how to national and international partners </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity-building projects </li></ul><ul><li>Training to UN, EU, Red Cross and NGO on many international courses </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Lesotho – food security and development programme mapping (2003 & 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>India – training (2003 & 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia – training (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Tajikistan – disaster preparedness training (2005 & 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Mozambique – disaster preparedness training (two missions in 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Malawi – disaster preparedness training (two missions in 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Landmine action support – Angola, Iraq and Sri Lanka (2008 and 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Papua New Guinea – disaster risk assessments and training (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Kenya – flood risk analysis and training (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Niger – water resources mapping (2010) </li></ul>Capacity building
  18. 18. Training humanitarian professionals <ul><li>UNDAC and EU courses </li></ul><ul><li>International Red Cross FACT courses </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs (Oxfam, Save the Children, RedR) </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>Core topics: using GPS to collect data; spatial data and assessments; basic mapping using Google Earth and other tools.
  19. 19. Free Field Guide <ul><li>Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>New Edition – July 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>FREE from mapaction.org </li></ul><ul><li>A how-to guide on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Mapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QGIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Contact <ul><li>www.mapaction.org </li></ul>

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