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Advancing ICT for DRM in Africa (AÏDA)
Start date: 01 Jun 2008, End date: 31 May 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The AÏDA project aims at acquiring and sharing knowledge about affordable ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) solutions in Africa with the ambition to reduce the risk of natural disasters and to improve the capacity to respond to disasters.Many Developing Countries in Africa are exposed to serious natural disaster risks and their need for an adequate ICT infrastructure supporting DRM is high. Unfortunately, access to ICT knowledge and affordable ICT systems is often lacking.The AÏDA project will1. assess the natural hazards, the vulnerability of the communities and the disaster risks in Africa; and2. assess the role of ICT based systems in each hazard category; and3. explore the ICT trends and needs for the future; and4. test the usefulness of GEONETCast as an alert system; and5. share this information with all DRM stakeholders in Africa (by workshops and other); and6. prepare 3 showcases of operational African DRM systems for demo on these workshops; and7. promote and support the take-up of this technology for use in other disasters; and8. liaise with any new project in DRM with a significant involvement of African partners.AÏDA will test whether the existing GEONETCast infrastructure can be reused as a component of an alert or emergency system. AÏDA sets up a testcase in South-Africa where the Forest Fire Association in Nelspruit, South-Africa will use the wildfire-alarms from CSIR within their operational activities to fight wildfires. If successful, many DRM systems can benefit from this technology.The project is envisioned to have a big impact with a limited budget, by close cooperation with the AARSE and EUMETSAT conferences and within the UNeDRA network.This effort will support authorities in Developing Countries in setting up their National Disaster Action Plans (as required by the Hyogo agreements) by offering knowledge about working ICT solutions and help them to better manage their disaster risks.
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