Friday, March 10, 2017

Earth observation for humanitarian action presented at Humanitarian Congress Vienna 2017

Under the headline “Humanity on the run” representatives of several humanitarian aid organizations gathered at the 4th Humanitarian Congress Vienna on 3rd March 2017, to create awareness for the multiple humanitarian crises the world is facing today, and to discuss political and ethical as well as organizational answers to these challenges. The Humanitarian Congress was organized by Doctors Without Borders, Caritas Austria, the Austrian Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages, and the Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid – Global Responsibility and in collaboration with: CARE, Diakonie, Hilfswerk, HOPE´87, Jugend Eine Welt, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, and World Vision, and took place at the University of Vienna.

We used this opportunity together with Doctors Without Borders and the Austrian Red Cross to showcase our satellite-based mapping services to a wider audience of humanitarian aid experts. The various services include analyses of camps of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to estimate population numbers, support of groundwater exploration, and land cover (change) mapping. We provide these services operationally to Doctors Without Borders, and further develop and adapt them to the needs of other aid organizations such as the Austrian Red Cross and SOS Children’s Villages within various joint research projects.

Contact: Stefan Lang, Lorenz Wendt

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