UK Space Agency webinar series open for registration
The UK Space Agency is delivering a series of webinars to promote the capabilities and impact of its GCRF-funded International Partnership Programme. These programmes use space technology to tackle development challenges around the world.
- Climate change
- Disaster resilience
The webinars are for existing and new international partners (inter-governmental organisations, industry, academia, development agencies), investors, UK and international government representatives working in embassies high Commissions, and UK cross-government stakeholders.
All events are free.
IPP - Asia-Pacific
08:00 BST, Monday 28 June 2021: Asia-Pacific - Managing the World's Natural Resources Using Satellite Technologies
08:00 BST, Tuesday 29 June 2021: Asia-Pacific - Supporting Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Using Satellite Applications
08:00 BST, Wednesday 30 June 2021: Asia-Pacific - Space for Human Security and Crisis Management
IPP - Africa
10:00 BST, Monday 5 July 2021: Africa Managing the World's Natural Resources Using Satellite Technologies
10:00 BST, Tuesday 6 July 2021: Africa - Supporting Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Using Satellite Applications
10:00 BST, Wednesday 7 July 2021: Africa - Space for Human Security and Crisis Management
IPP - Latin America & Caribbean
15:00 BST, Monday 12 July 2021: Latin America & Caribbean - Managing the World's Natural Resources Using Satellite Technologies
15:00 BST, Tuesday 13 July 2021: Latin America & Caribbean - Supporting Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Using Satellite Applications
15:00 BST, Wednesday 14 July 2021: Latin America & Caribbean - Space for Human Security and Crisis Management
International Partnership Programme
The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme is an award-winning >£150 million 'space for sustainable development initiative'. It uses the UK space sector’s capabilities in satellite technology and data services to deliver measurable and sustainable economic, societal and/or environmental benefits in partnership with developing countries.
Since 2016, the programme has grant-funded 43 projects in 47 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Developing space-based solutions which tackle global development challenges such as climate and disaster resilience, food security, maritime issues, disease forecasting, and improving access to financial services, whilst facilitating new trade opportunities for the UK space sector.
- Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: The CommonSensing project supported disaster relief efforts through swift provision of maps and analysis reports to partners when Cyclone Harold – a devastating Category 5 storm – hit Pacific island nations in April 2020
- Ghana and Kenya: Since its inception, the Forests 2020 project has brought nearly one million hectares of forest under Earth Observation-based monitoring. The aim of this project is to protect and restore up to 300 million hectares of tropical forests globally by improving national forest monitoring systems.
- Malaysia: The EASOS marine watch tool has helped to identify and map the trajectory of 3 oil spills, improving the response to and policing of marine pollution. Clean-up costs saved by early intervention are estimated to be over £1.5 million each in 2 spills identified.
- Nigeria: The SatComs for Nigeria health services project has provided video training to 341 health workers in remote areas. In interviews, health workers have particularly highlighted the benefits the project has generated for improved care of pregnant women and newborn infants.
- Philippines: IPP-funded SatComs tools have aided in a diverse range of situations, from family tracing in disaster aftermath to facilitating identification of the recovered bodies of landslide victims, and even in the rescue of a human trafficking victim.
- South Africa and Indonesia: Two projects supporting the safety of lives at sea have saved 45 lives, been used in 5 rescue missions and 976 small fishing boats have been equipped with vehicle tracking devices. Based on this, IPP is directly benefiting around 6,635 fishermen and indirectly almost 25,000 people in fishing households.